Lick of the day

Passing Tones

Here's a lick that explores the sound of the G7 chord. It contains several passing tones to add tension and color to the original mixolydian scale.

The lick is built around the G Mixolydian scale. Notice that the non diatonic notes are on the up beat.
Transpose the lick into other octaves and other keys!

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.


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.

Rock Blues

This rhythm is inspired by the sound of bands like “Eagles”, with a touch of Rap Metal.

You can start improvising over the backing track using the A minor blues scale.

I used an overdrive placed in front of the crunch channel of my amp (gain around 3). I’ve selected the single coil pickup (the bridge one).