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LICK OF THE DAY

Winton Kelly Style

A piano-like beebop lick with triplets on the high E string.

This is a II-V-I-VI-VII progression, and the key is Eb. The rhythm combines eighth triplets with swing notes.

Guitar: Modded US Strat, neck single pickup, tone knob rolled off.
String Gauge: 11-48
Amp: Amplitube 3 software, Fender silverface with spring reverb, and vintage compressor stomp.

Major Minor Lick

This lick can be used in various places within a blues solo, but a good time to use it is when returning to the I chord (in this case E). Two important things regarding this lick:

1. Bend the first note one and a half steps

2. When sliding into the G# note in bar 2, use downstrokes and pick the open low E string as well at the same time. With the tip of your middle finger mute the A string while sliding, to prevent it from ringing.

For this lick, the focus is on using both major and minor pentatonic scales. The lick is mostly major scale-based, but you will find notes from the minor pentatonic and blues scales too.

I used Amplitube 3 software for this mini lick, tubescreamer and Mesa Boogie MKII emulations.
Guitar is a Fender Stratocaster, bridge humbucker single pickup.

Major Ending

This lick is a major based country lick. It is suitable for ending solos, or for a response type of phrase over the root chord. It uses alternate picking and one fast bend-&-release note ("br").

This lick effectively combines A major, A dorian and A blues scales. The focus is shifted towards the A major scale (the major third to be more specific).

I used Amplitube 3 software for this mini lick, with a compressor and Fender style amp simulation, reverb is Altiverb 6. The guitar is a Fender Stratocaster, middle single pickup.