Tom Richardson is back again with another finger-twisting ‘Lick of the Week’. Every other Monday Tom will publish a new lick lesson in video format along with a brief description and tabs. These licks are aimed mainly at the intermediate and advanced level players, so get your game faces on!
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Lick of the Week Lesson 23
Lick 23 uses the B Lydian Dominant mode built, from the 4th degree of the Melodic Minor Scale.
The Lydian Dominant is built using the intervals:
1 2 3 #4 5 6 b7
As you will see, it is the same as a Mixolydian scale with a raised 4th. Knowing this is a good starting point for using the scale, as you don’t have to learn an entirely new shape all around the fretboard. Instead you can adjust the fingerings you already know for the Mixolydian scale so that they include the #4 by moving the 4th one fret higher. It’s great to try when jamming over dominant 7th chords (just in case… it won’t work over a 7sus4 chord because of the natural 4th in the chord will clash with the scale).
I use economy picking to play the lick and I have included the picking directions I use in the tab. Remember not to rush with the picking hand when economy picking! The #4 can be found at the 10th fret of the G string. The last note at the 7th fret of the D string is played with a slight bend.
If you’re struggling to get this lick down then leave a question below and we’ll get back to you. If you manage to nail this lick then consider leaving a video response for us on YouTube. Also be sure to check out more of Tom’s playing on his YouTube channel