Tag: blues

Blues Lesson #10 – Groove & Lick Lesson in E

Blues guitar lesson #10, where I show you how to play an easy blues groove in E, with different E minor blues licks on top! Recommended playing level: intermediate. Download the free lesson guide (PDF) here (includes all tabs & diagrams):

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About this blues lesson

’m proud to present to you my 10th blues lick guitar lesson. In this video, I’ll teach you how to play an easy blues groove in E, with different E minor blues licks on top! We’ll start from a basic (open E chord) groove and add different types of licks with hammer-ons, pull-offs, blues bends and hybrid picking.

Classic Blues Rock – Jam Track in Cm

C minor backing track (130 BPM), inspired by Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, Fleetwood Mac, Chris Rea & other classic blues-rock tracks from the 70s and 80s. It fits the blues guitar solo I posted earlier. Enjoy! Maarten

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Classic Blues Rock in Cm (+TAB)

Original, classic blues rock instrumental and solo heavily inspired by Dire Straits (Mark Knopfler), Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, and others. Enjoy!

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About The Track

This track in the key of C minor brings us the blues-inspired classic rock era of the 70s and 80s. The groove is reminiscent of Dire Straits, but more laid back. I’m a huge fan of Mark Knopfler’s playing, and – in that style – I tried to emphasize hybrid picking (playing with the pick AND fingers) and delicate details in the guitar playing while staying melodic and following the classic blues rock groove. The chorus has more of a Fleetwood-Mac vibe, with a recognizable motif of unison bends.  The middle section is – again – very much inspired by Dire Straits. See if you can spot a reference to Dire Straits in the background 😉

Featured Lick

A few times in this classic blues rock track, I play the above Cm pentatonic lick in the 8th position. This is a typical ‘reply’ or ‘relief’-lick in Mark Knopfler‘s playing. It serves to end a phrase or sequence in a solo.  Above the tab, you can see which notes are played with the pick (bracket = downstroke), and which ones I prefer hybrid picking (H.P). Alternatively, you can play the 8th fret on the G-string with an upstroke. Play a little vibrato on the 10th fret of the D-string and pull-off lightly to end the lick. 

I hope you enjoy this TAB and solo. Jam track is scheduled for release later this week,

Maarten

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Bluesy Funk Soul – Jam Track in Gm

Enjoy this bluesy funk soul jam track in Gm. It fits the funky guitar solo I posted earlier. I remixed & remasterd the track to give you a lot of space to improvise! Download this free chart of the G Dorian mode if you’re unsure what notes to play:

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Funk 'stabs'

Funk tracks are great to learn and improve your rhythmic timing. Try to play these ‘stabs’ (=short, dramatically emphasized notes) at the right time. This part of this bluesy funk-soul track is inspired by 70s TV themes like ‘Shaft’.

About The Track

When we look at the harmony of this track, it is a 12/24 bar blues, with a minor I chord. This brings a Dorian flavor to the track (G Dorian).  

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