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Blues Lick 1
Use a little gain on your amp to get a nice bluesy tone.
Once you feel ready use the backing track to practice with.
Blues licks are essential for every guitar player. Players such as Albert Collins, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa are a couple of examples of the great players in this style.
This beginner blues lick is two measure bluesy phrase that starts in the first position. This lick uses the F pentatonic scale. Begin by playing the third fret on the fourth string on the off beat of beat one.
Next play the first fret on the third string, bend the note a quarter step before moving to the third fret on the fourth string. Release the pressure with your third finger to stop the note from ringing. Rest on beat three, then play the third fret on the fourth string again. Notice how this lick starts and ends on the root of the key.
The goal to this exercise is to learn a short musical phrase that you can play in all twelve keys. This gives you a chance to work on your phrasing, tone, and technique all at the same time. Add a little vibrato to the last note of the lick by shaking the string a little at the end of the lick.
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