Dreamy Melodic Guitar Solo in A minor

Enjoy this dreamy, melodic guitar solo in A minor! A dynamic solo and track that builds in intensity and groove! 

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Guitar Finger Tapping Lick

When it comes to the art of finger tapping, I consider myself a beginner, but I’m always up for a challenge! This melodic tapping lick is an achievable lick in A minor, played over a G-chord (bar 56) to Am (bar 57). The lick uses the open G-string and a rhythm that speeds up throughout bar 56: first sixteenth notes (beats 1), then sixteenth note sextuplets (beats 2 & 3), then 32nd notes (beat 4).

About This Track

This melodic guitar solo is called ‘Lost In Thought‘, as it is inspired by how the mind races, brings us ideas, and ponders about possibilities. This track is primarily a 3-chord groove (Am7, Em7, Fmaj7) that builds in intensity and groove during the track. I play the intro with my Gibson ES-335 (with effects from the eventide H9 and the XLN Retro Color). While the groove builds, the solo starts with long notes that follow the chords. Part B is a short break, where I switch to the bridge pickup and add a fuzz (Fractal Audio Systems AX-8). This was also the only good place to reverse the tremolo bar on my guitar, for an effect that would follow later. Part C is the climax of the track and builds further on the chords of the intro and part A. After a fancy tapping lick ;-), Part D serves as a post-chorus where the strings bring the track home. Part E is a short outro with piano and erhu, a beautiful sound.

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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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*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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Blues Shuffle Guitar Solo in A

Here’s a new blues shuffle video, this time in the key of A! A real bag of licks here, with some inspiration from players like Eric Clapton, Matt Schofield, Josh Smith and others. Enjoy!

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About Blues Shuffle Guitar Solo

This blues shuffle guitar solo is played over parts A & B of the backing track (see below). Part A is a basic 12-bar blues in A, where part B (‘the chorus’) is an 8-bar vamp that starts from the IV chord (D7). In the B-section, the B3 Hammond organ enters for a fuller, sound and the bass starts ‘walking‘ in the groove. I love playing over shuffles with ‘real-life’ musicians, so I spend quite some time on the drums & bass to create a natural shuffle groove. Part C is a break, where drums & bass play a little softer, and the harmony stays on the I-chord (A7) twice as long. Enjoy!

Gear Used
  • Gibson ES-335, straight into the amp (Fuchs Blackjack Mk II)
  • FX added in the box (mostly slap delay and reverb)
  • Arturia B3 V
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    More Shuffles
    There are some more mid-tempo blues guitar shuffles on my channel/blog, in the key of E:
  • Shuffle Blues Solo #2
  • Blues Shuffle Solo (+Tab) | Josh Smith – Style