What could you possibly gain from it? But more importantly, you should listen to the music you like, just as much as you practice it. This will help you develop an intuitive sense of continuity in improvisation and composition. Licks are memorable musical phrases that can be strung together to create a solo, fill in behind a vocal phrase or simply spruce up the end of a tune. In any form of music, some melodic ideas sound more at a home than others. This is particularly true of blues, a style loosely based upon musical cliches that have survived generations.
Breaking Down the Blues, Pt. 3: 5 Tasty Blues Licks - Guitar Lessons with Andy Lemaire
These 5 licks use only notes from the Minor Pentatonic, and incorporate string bending as most blues licks do! They're all very very common licks that you'll find most blues players using, so you want to 'put these in your bag' right away. For this lesson just work on playing them - getting the bends in tune and playing them over and over until you feel comfortable with them. Next lesson we'll be looking at how to use them effectively! P1 - Lick 1 This lick is only 3 notes long but uses a bend, a curl and so is a great first word : It's in the style of the great Albert King who was a real master of string bending! P1 - Lick 2 This is a real classic lick, most used by the incredible Jimi Hendrix, this will help you learn to mute the string after the bend because if you mess that up it will sound awful! P1 - Lick 3 This is probably one of the most used licks in the Blues vocabulary!
Breaking Down the Blues, Pt. 3: 5 Tasty Blues Licks
Or, sometimes it acts more subliminally: You suddenly find yourself playing a certain lick over and over again, wondering, Where have I heard this before? Through the years, these licks have evolved into a vocabulary for the guitar. And whereas the best writers are able to string those words together to form remarkable prose, the best guitarists link their licks to form living, breathing, musical statements. Regardless of what style music you play, it will do your ears and your chops good to go through each of these licks.
In part one , I went through the blues progression, common variations of it, and how to put it together in any key you want. All of these licks will be using the extended box pattern of the A blues scale, which I covered in part 2 of this series. This lick starts with something I really like doing: making a quick run up the scale, followed by a long, dramatic bend. I start off making a run up the Albert King Box segment of the blues scale.