Lydian b7

Here's a lick that explores the sound of the C7#11 chord with the Lydian b7 mode. Often used in Jazz & Fusion, this mode is s must know tool for all jazz players!

As its name indicates, this mode is Lydian with a minor 7th. It's the 4th mode of the G melodic minor scale and contains an interesting note : the #11 (or #4).
It will work on a 7th dominant chord to add some color to your phrasing.

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.

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.


A slide is a legato guitar technique: one note is picked and the next note is produced by sliding the finger up or down to another fret.

E Major scale

Bridge pickup, the best for country lead sound. Software used is Guitar Rig 5 with a factory preset: Country Clean.