LICK OF THE DAY

Gipsy Jazz

A gipsy jazz-sounding lick using E harmonic minor, and a cool ghost slide effect.

Beebop-styled gipsy jazz phrase in E harmonic minor. The first part features a chromatic passage, the second part a descending arpeggio in the harmonic minor position on the 7th fret. The rhythm has a swing feel to it, using mostly of eight note triplets.

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.

Slow Blues

A cool blues lick where we mix the major and the blues pentatonic scales.

Notice the C major triad in the beginning of the second bar.

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

G Major

We will use chicken picking on the treble strings with our middle finger. Watch for that whole step bend and be precise with the triplets in the second bar.

This lick combines G major pentatonic and G blues scales. The focus is shifted towards the A major scale and the major third. It works well over a typical I-V-I chord progression.

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, bridge humbucker pickup.