Lick of the day

Walking Bass

Here's an example of walking bass in the key of C.

The chord progression is II V I VI7alt : D-7 / G7 / CM7 / A7alt.
The walking bass is usually made up of arpeggios, scale passages and passing notes. Approach tones can be used between chord tones.

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.

Bottleneck Lick

Here's a typical bottleneck slide lick in the key of E.

Here the notes choice surround the E or E7 chord : in the first bar we alternate between the minor and major third.
In other words: Play it over the E7 chord!

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

Hot Country

Here's a cool lick using lots of open strings : It begins with a repetitve motif and ends with the G blues scale. I also use the chicken picking technique: the pick + middle finger

It's in the key of G and uses the G Blues scale.

Use the bridge pickup to get that classic country twang tone. Also use a compression pedal/plug-in with lots of compression because we want a highly "squished" sound. Add some reverb and a slap-back delay (100ms to 300ms with a single repeat).

Fingerstyle

In this lick we're going to work on our fingerstyle technique and add some percussive parts to make an interresting guitar accompaniment.

We are in the key of B minor and for the D chord I play the third (F#) on the bass to get a smother transition between the G and Em chord.
As you can see the rythm is very syncopated and we enhance beat two and four (the snare drum) with our right hand.

I use the neck/middle pickup and the clean channel of the Mesa Boogie V-Twin preamp with some reverb added in pro tools.