Descending in C

Descending lick using a 5-3-2-1 note sequence for each of the chords. Note how you can move through the same type of chord, shift the keys, but keep the lick (direction) consistency.

This phrase is in the key of C and uses all dominant chords. Progression is I-IV-I-IV-I-IV-I. All notes are played in a swing rhythm.

I used a Gibson ES-335 electric guitar, neck humbucker, Amplitube 3 software (Roland Jazz Chorus, medium settings, with chorus), some reverb, vintage compressor stomp, and post tube rack compressor.

Pentatonic Power

Here's a cool & powerful bluesy lick that you can use in many different musical situations.

The lick is built with the C Blues scale. Notice the passing tone (Db note) in the middle of the first bar and the major third (E note) at the end of the lick.

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

Quick Entry

Short lick played in the extended major pentatonic scale.

C major pentatonic scale.
The major pentatonic scale is similar to major diatonic scale, but without the fourth and the seventh note.
Ex: C major pentatonic consists of C, D, E, G, and A.

Use the bridge pickup for a classic Telecaster sound. Software used for this kind of sound is Guitar Rig 5 with a factory preset - Country Twang clean.