Lick of the Week #3: Country/Blues Mixolydian/Blues Scale lick in A

Welcome to the third in the series of my weekly lick-fest. This week we’re looking at a lick which fuses elements of the A blues scale (A C D Eb E G), which is basically an Am pentatonic with an added flattened 5th (Eb) passing note, with the A Mixolydian mode. The A Mixolydian is basically a D major scale (D E F# G A B C#) but with the emphasis placed on the 5th note (A). I’ve covered the principles of modes in an earlier blog post so I don’t want to get too deep into the theory side of things here, but if you’d like more info then you can find my previous post on the basics of modality by clicking HERE.

Anyway, on with this week’s lick. The video below shows it being demonstrated as well as the TAB. All you really need to know about this lick is that it will work over any A major or A7 type situation & will inject a little bluesiness into proceedings. Obviously this is great if you play blues, but it can also sound pretty good in a more mainstream rock context too. Plenty of rock players use licks like this to add a little bluesy “snarl” to their solos – just take a listen to Richie Sambora, Joe Perry, or Ray Toro from MCR to see what I mean. Here, though, I’ve demonstrated it in a more country-blues manner – I couldn’t resist using my new “charity shop” tele that you can find all about HERE.

Right then… here’s the lick:

As always, transpose it into all 12 keys and see what you can learn FROM the lick in addition to simply learning it as shown. If you need any help with any aspect of your guitar playing & live on Teesside, you can contact me for private, one-to-one tuition by clicking on the link to my website at the bottom of this post.

Until next time… Have fun!


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