Watch the Play a Simple Lick online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 50 Funk Guitar Licks You MUST Know

What better way to bring in a song of epic proportions than to lay down a majestic mixolydian lick that people will connect to for eons to come? That's exactly what Freddie Stone did at the beginning of "Sing A Simple Song" from Sly & the Family Stone's Stand! album released in 1969. Propelled by a D major arpeggio that, against an E root, spells b7, 9, 11, this next lick reveals the ol' whole-step-below-the-major-chord trick for getting instant mixo vibes in your lines. Don't be fooled by the bend to a 3rd at the upbeat of 1 in bar 2, this lick is a Grade-A mixolydian all the way.