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LICK OF THE DAY

Diminished

Here's a lick that outlines the sound of the diminished half/whole tone scale.

The lick is built around the G half/whole tone scale over a G7 chord. This scale is great to underline some tensions of seventh chords: b9, #9 and #11.

Use the neck pickup and cut the high freqs with the tone knob if necessary.
I use the Mesa Boogie V-Twin preamp on the clean channel connected directly to the sound card and I'm adding a little bit of reverb and compression in Pro Tools.

Double Stops

Here's a Blues lick in G, using double stops.

Here we play the G Blues scale with an added major third (B note). The second and third double stops are played using hybrid picking (pick + middle or ring finger). This lick should be played on the G7 chord.

I use a Fulltone OCD pedal and the clean channel of the Mesa Boogie V-Twin preamp with some reverb added in pro tools.

Hybrid Rhythm

Hybrid picking is a cross over between regular picking and finger picking. Alternately playing this technique contributes to the vibrancy and playfulness of a whole song. You need to focus on getting your pick to pluck the strings in time with your fingers, which is sometimes harder than it sounds. Pay attention to the timing, since the majority of notes occurs in counter rhythm (=syncopation).

A mixolydian scale


I use the bridge pickup, which is the best for the classic Telecaster sound. Software used for this kind of sound is Guitar Rig 5 with a factory preset: Country Twang clean.