Category: Lesson

Blues Lick Lesson #09 (C minor pentatonic)

Here is my 9th blues lick guitar lesson. In this video, I’ll teach you how to play slow, string skipping blues licks C minor. Recommended playing level: intermediate.  

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Jamtrack

I recorded a short backing track (Cm) for this lesson, you can find it below. If you want a LONG backing track in a similar style (in Am) you can find it in my jam track shop.

About this lesson

I’m proud to present to you my 9th blues lick guitar lesson. This blues phrase is played over a slow blues-rock jam track in C minor (12-8). In this lesson, I focus on atypical licks that either stay on 1 string or skip strings. The licks fit over a turnaround (last 2 bars of a 12 bar blues. chorus) and come from the C minor blues scale (or C minor pentatonic with the blue note). Variation 2 uses hybrid picking and is inspired by Stevie Ray Vaughan‘s playing. So you’ll get a hybrid picking lesson for beginners in this video. Enjoy!

Concepts present in this blues lick lesson
  • skipping strings (vertical phrasing)
  • staying on 1 string (horizontal phrasing)
  • legato (hammer-on, pull-off)
  • hybrid picking
  • C minor pentatonic, blues scale – blue note
Gear

*-The guitar used is a Fender 1994 Stratocaster (stock pickups) Amp: Fractal AX8 preset

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Fast Pentatonic Pattern Lick (Guitar Lesson)

Add this fast minor pentatonic pattern lick to your solos! Includes TAB, and a lot of detailed information on the picking. Download the lesson PDF here:

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About this video

In this video, you’ll learn a fast minor pentatonic lick in the key of B minor. This lick is built from a repeating sequence or pattern of notes from the B minor pentatonic. We’ll focus on the pattern in the lick, the picking pattern and I’ll give you some practice tips so you can start adding this in your own guitar solos.

Practice this lick slowly and pay attention to play it clean & steady. People like patterns in music, even non-musicians like hearing patterns, but to avoid sounding too formulaic, make sure you glue the patterns nicely together & look for a creative ending, that is perhaps a bit more melodic. Also, experiment with shifting the rhythm back & forth in the bar AND with filter-type effects like a WAH pedal. All these points are illustrated in the lesson video.

Jam Track

If you’re interested, I offer a high-quality version (CD-remaster) of this guitar jam track that you can use in your Youtube/Soundcloud/Instagram/Social media videos:

Gear
  • Guitar: Suhr Modern Pro HH
  • Amp: Fractal Audio Systems AX8
  • Mixed with plugins from Plugin Alliance

Melodic Soloing With Chord Tones & Triads (Guitar Lesson)

Chord tone soloing lesson that will help you create your own melodic solo (includes a lot of tips on melodic phrasing, repetition, intervals, and more!). Download the lesson PDF here:

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About this video

In this video, you’ll learn to find basic chord tones by thinking in triads. This works over any chord progression. By adding those sweet chord tones to your guitar solos, you’ll sound more melodic, and the listener will feel the harmony of your song better. This video includes an analysis of another solo on my channel. Concepts that are present in this video: chord tones, triads, visualizing on the guitar neck, melodic phrasing, repetition & variation. In

Full Solo

You’ll find the full guitar solo here.

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The melodic solo is built around chord triads. When I improvise, I usually reference a pentatonic scale and add triad patterns on tap. Triads are easy to locate on the guitar neck and they contain the basic chord tones. In the video, I focus mostly on major triads. Below, you’ll find the minor triad patterns (E minor chord).

E minor triads
Jam Track (2021 remixed & remasterd)

If you’re interested, I offer a high-quality version (CD-remaster) of this guitar jam track that you can use in your Youtube/Soundcloud/Instagram/Social media videos:

Gear
  • Guitar: Suhr Modern Pro HH
  • Amp: Victory Duchess V40
  • Pedal: Crazy Tube Circuits Black Magic Mk2
  • Mixed with plugins from Plugin Alliance

Blues Lick Lesson #08 (A minor pentatonic)

I’m proud to present to you my 8th blues lick guitar lesson. In this video, I’ll teach you how to play a slow but powerful blues-rock phrase in the key of A minor. Recommended playing level: intermediate.

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Concepts present in this blues lick lesson
  • alternate picking and legato (hammer-on, pull-off)
  • mixing metrics (playing duplets and quadruplets)
  • A minor pentatonic, pentatonic scale
  • blues bends, expressive blues bends
  • targeting notes like the 9th
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Gear

*The guitar used is a Gibson Les Paul (with a Seymour Duncan JB4 pickup and a Duesenberg p90) into an ENGL Screamer 50 Amp, captured with the universal audio Ox. No Pedals Used 🙂

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