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.

Pentatonic Legato

For this pentatonic lick we will use the legato technique. It's a good way to build strength in our fretting hand.

Nothing complicated here, just the C pentatonic scale in wich we add the blue note note at the end of the lick. Work slowly and keep your fretting hand
as relaxed as possible!

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

Triad Runs

Chord triads are useful in country, they help create rhythm variations.

A triad uses 3 notes from the major or minor scale, the Root (1),the 3rd(3) and the 5th (5). These notes make up a major or minor chord in its simplest form.

Use the bridge and neck pickups, for country rhythm sound. Software used for this kind of sound is Guitar Rig 5 with a factory preset - Country Twang Clean.