Essential Blues Licks (Part 3 of 3)

Published on 26 January 2016
For more information from the source site of this video please visit: More Essential blues licks -- Part 3 Blues improvising is very modular. By that I mean that once you have mastered a particular lick you can use it over and over again and the strange thing is that your audience don't necessarily notice that you are recycling! This is because licks are very easily disguised by small changes in rhythmic emphasis, tempo and dynamics. Add to that the way in which one can endlessly vary repeating different parts of a lick and also adding, subtracting or altering a note here and there to form new licks based on the old. So in today's lesson we are going to look at some fairly commonly used licks in each of the five positions and suggest ways that you could use each lick as a point of departure to create a whole library of your own licks. You'll find tab for all these licks in the printouts section of the toolbox next to the lesson on the website at Might help to print that off before we start if you can. We're showing you these in the key of A so we start by lining up with the first position in A. here's the detail (see video). Here are a few variations you can try. Changes of: Rhythmic emphasis Tempo Dynamics Add notes Subtract notes Link to adjacent positions Let's see how these sound against the blues in A backing track (see video). Try copying some of my licks, but also try out some ideas of your own Finally to the fifth position In close-up I appreciate there's a fair amount of work there, but do remember it's not so much about learning all my licks off by heart, but using the examples to stimulate your own exploration of the scale patterns. So be adventurous and creative -- try stuff out! Not everything you try will sound brilliant, but if you persist you will start to pin down some licks all of your own and these are the things that will make your playing unique to you! If you are struggling with this process, don't worry you are in good company. It takes many, many hours to develop good improvising skills. Going back over the previous exercises, scale pattern drills, visits to the guitar gym, orientation lessons (see: ), -- all this will help you build solid foundations. Above all -- have fun with the process! The end result will then tend to look after itself! Do let me know how you get on and see you in the next lesson!