Blues Lick 5Blues licks are essential for every guitar player. This blues lick is being played in 8 keys starting on the key of G, moving in half steps up to D on the tenth fret, and back down. Players such as Albert Collins, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa. Hammer-ons, pull-offs are the important techniques you will use in this style of playing. The most important thing here though is phrasing. This two measure blues lick starts on the third string on fifth fret with a bend on the third finger. Next, play the third fret on the third string, move to the fifth fret on the fourth string. Pull of and then hammer on third to the fifth fret. and then the fourth fret with the third and fourth fingers. Beat four of the first measure is played on the third and then fifth fret with first and then the third finger. Then pick the third fret on the second string, moving to the first string. Measure two is a pull-off from the sixth fret to the third fret and back to the sixth fret on the second string. The lick ends on the fifth fret on the fourth string. Learning short licks like this will help you build your library of phrases that you can pull out of your bag when it comes time to take a solo. Some people call it developing your “bag of tricks” Once you can play the lick from the first position, practice moving up and down the neck in half steps with the videos. Start slow! Visualize the pentatonic scale as you switch between the different keys.
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