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Country Licks

by Stephane Lucarelli

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  • Hi GMC'ers! Ready for some hot country licks? OK, tune your guitar and let's learn some cool licks!

    All the licks are in the key of A. Using the combination of notes from three different scales: A major, A minor pentatonic scale (with the blue note) and the A mixolydian mode.
    It's very common to see licks using a mix of these three scales in country music.

    Most of the time, we'll use the chicken picking technique with our right hand. I'm using the pick, the middle and ring finger throughout. It's an essential technique to achieve the "country tone" by "popping" some notes and get that typical percussive and short sound.

    Use the bridge pickup to get that classic country twang tone. I also used a compression pedal/plug-in with lot of compression cause we want a highly "squished" sound. Third, add a some reverb and an important things is to use a slap-back delay (100ms to 300ms with a single repeat).

    Scales:
    * A Major Pentatonic
    * A Blues Minor Pentatonic
    * A Mixolydian

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    Good luck & have fun!/ Stephane

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