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LICK OF THE DAY

Joe Pass Style

Here's a classic Jazz progression, the II V I in the style of Mr Joe Pass.

Theory wise, we play the C Major scale and the D-9 arpeggio over the D-7 chord. Over the G7 altered chord we play the Ab Melodic minor scale, also
called the Altered scale/mode to create tensions and resolution over the the CM7 chord.

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 in Pro Tools.

Modern Blues

A modern sounding bluesy lick, over a minor Blues.

The lick is build with the D minor scale and notice the C# (appoggiatura) to add some color to the phrasing

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

Pedal Steel

This lick attempts to imitate the sound of the pedal steel guitar, often used in country music. It's not an easy task because we have to let the notes ring and keep the correct pitch when bending strings!

The lick is in the key of G and we use the G major pentatonic scale

Use the bridge pickup to get that classic country twang tone. Also use a compression pedal/plug-in with lots of compression because we want a highly "squished" sound. Third, add a some reverb and a slap-back delay (100ms to 300ms with a single repeat).