LICK OF THE DAY

Minor II V I

Chord voicings to be played over a minor II V I in D.

Here we use chords from the D harmonic minor scale. The chord progression is build around an ascending melodic line, with tension notes or alterations on the V7 chord (#9 & b13) and resolves to the I-9 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 and compression in Pro Tools.

I-IV-V Rhythm

This is a rhythm lick for a standard I-IV-V blues progression, using a chromatic trick that's nice for playing smooth blues background rhythm. It is a shorter version of the full I-IV-V progression, but all the important bits are there.

Note that some bass lines are palm muted. Also, sliding around 6th intervals is a neat blue strick, try to use it in your own playing.

Focus is on the minor pentatonic scale, but with an added major 6th interval of the dorian mode, and moved chromatically (following the E blues note scales on the bass) to the left by two frets for each chord.

I used Amplitube 3 software, tubescreamer and Mesa Boogie MKII emulations. The guitar is a Fender Stratocaster, neck single pickup.

Walking Bass

A rhythm country lick with walking bass line and a cool groove. The trick is to strum all the bass strings, and mute all the strings that are not supposed to ring.

The rhythm revolves around a I-IV-V progression in the key of A major, using A major scale notes for the bass line.

I used Amplitube 3 software for this mini lick, with a compressor and Vox AC30 amp simulation, reverb is Altiverb 6 spring reverb. The guitar is a Fender Stratocaster, middle single pickup.