Lick of the day

B Flat Mixolydian

Here's an interesting lick to add to your arsenal! It outlines the Bb7 sounds, with some passing tones (non-diatonic notes) to spice up the mixolydian scale. Transpose the phrase to other keys!

The lick is built around the Bb Mixolydian scale and begins with variouws chromatic passing tones. Notice the F-7 arpeggio at the end and the resolution on the third (D note) of the Bb7 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 in Pro Tools.

SRV Shuffle

Here's an E blues shuffle guitar part inspired by SRV.

The trick is to mute the strings with your left hand when playing the up beat/ up stroke.

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

Sequential Exercise

A group of notes played in sequences. This is also a useful finger stretching exercise.

D Major natural scale.
Scale sequences or melodic patterns are one of the best ways to add or release tension in a solo. Sequences will improve your technique and ability to improvise and create melody on the spot.

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

16th Note Funk Groove

This lick is based on a groove in Gm, outlining the G blues scale.

Gm Blues scale

Use a single coil pickup for this lick. I recommend the 4th or 2nd position of your pickup selector.