While Mike Einziger from Incubus my not be your stereo typical lead guitar hero, he made his mark on the sound of modern guitar at the dawn of the new millennium.
This guitar lick is from a song off of the 1997 CD “Science” called “Summer Romance (Anti-gravity Love Song)”. This is the lead guitar break right before the vocals start.
This song is in the Key of Bm, and this particular guitar lick comes out of a B dorian mode. Without fully understanding the theory behind it, just think of the dorian mode as a flavor of minor scale.
Anti Gravity Love Song Lick – Tablature
The red number is the note that you should use as your guide when playing this in different keys. In this case the red note is a B.
Mike Einziger Summer Romance Lick – Audio Fast
Mike Einziger Summer Romance Lick – Audio Slow
For more information on how to read this, check out the lesson on Reading Internet Tablature.
B Borian Mode
Here is a basic fingering for the B Dorian mode that this lick is out of.
The notes in red are a B notes (the root of the scale)
With a little more understanding of music theory, you will understand that this lick can be used in any of the modes related to B Dorian, since they are all the same notes.
A Major or A Ionian mode – A chord
C# Phrygian mode – C#m chord
D Lydian mode – D chord
E Mixolydian mode – E chord
F# Natural minor or F# Aeolian Mode – F#m chord