Lick of the day

C Lydian

Here's a lick that explores the sound of the C Lydian mode.

The Lydian mode is the fourth mode of the major scale ( G scale in our example ) and countains a #11th ( beautiful note by the way!).
We often use this mode over a M7 chord because the raised fourth is not as dissonant as the natural fourth of the major scale.

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.

Pentatonic Power

Here's a cool & powerful bluesy lick that you can use in many different musical situations.

The lick is built with the C Blues scale. Notice the passing tone (Db note) in the middle of the first bar and the major third (E note) at the end of the lick.

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

Rapid Dominant

Fast Dominant 7 lick which will get your left and right hand going!

Learning to play fast solos requires you to learn to play slow! Slow it way down and analyze your technique carefully until you discover what is holding you back. The whole point of playing slowly is to give yourself room to analyze your playing, identify any tension or bad habits that are holding you back. Experiment to find your optimal technique and let your brain and muscles gradually learn - to consistently get it right.

E Dominant 7 scale.

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.


Here we go for a grunge riff in the style of Kurt Kobain & Nirvana!

The riff is built with power chords and around the same rhythmic pattern throughout the two bars, with a lot of "scratches": you have to mute the strings with your left hand

You could use the bridge pickup with an overdrive pedal. I use a Fulltone OCD and the clean channel of the Mesa Boogie V-Twin preamp with some reverb added in pro tools.