LICK OF THE DAY

Ronny Jordan

Here's a syncopated jazz funk lick in the style of Ronny Jordan.

For this lick I use the D dorian mode combined with the D minor pentatonic scale. Nothing complexe, just be careful with the syncopations and make it groove!

Use the neck pickup. You could also cut the high frequencies with the tone knob to get a smoother tone.

Turnaround

This is a descending lick for ending solos, or for turnarounds. The lick has one sharp bend, and it involves cool crossing patterns in the minor pentatonic box 1.

For this lick the focus is on the minor pentatonic scale, but with added dorian and blues scale notes. Works well over I-IV-V progression.

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

Major Riffing

Here is a major pentatonic riff, ideal for a song intro.

E major pentatonic and A major pentatonic.

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