Tag: Key of E

Blues Lick Lesson #07 (E minor pentatonic)

In blues lick lesson 07, you’ll learn how to solo over a series of stops in a shuffle blues in E. This full blues phrase uses some interesting concepts, like the use of call & response-licks, heavy blues bends in a higher register. Recommended playing level: intermediate.

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Concepts present in this blues lick lesson
  • powerful electric blues phrasing
  • call & response patterns
  • E minor pentatonic
  • playing above the 12th fret
  • blues bends
  • vibrato
  • blues rhythm & feel
Jam Track
Gear

*The guitar used is a 2013 Gibson ES-335 into a Victory V40 The Duchess, captured with the universal audio Ox. Pedalsused : TC Electronic The Spark, Eventide H9 Spring. 

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Blues Lick Lesson #06 (Major Pentatonic)

In blues lick lesson 06, you’ll learn how to play this tasty blues lick in E. This lick uses some interesting concepts, like the use of economy picking and right hand muting Recommended playing level: intermediate and up.

E major pentatonic

This is mostly an E major pentatonic blues lick that is used on the I-chord (first four bars of a 12-bar blues). In bar 2, I introduce the b3 (blue note) in a classic blues double stop. Bend the blue note a little bit for maximum effect. This double stop is heard a lot e.g. in the intro of older blues songs (even acoustic songs).

Blues Double Stop in E
Blues Double Stop in E
Concepts in this blues lick lesson

In blues lick lesson 06, you get the guitar tabs on screen, a detailed explanation of the picking technique and a variations for hybrid picking. Concepts that are present in this video

  • Right hand muting
  • Economy picking (mini downstroke sweeps)
  • Picking technique (alternate picking, hybrid picking), see PDF
  • E major pentatonic, E major blues and Using the flat 3d (blue note)
  • Grace notes, slides
Backing Track

E Blues shuffle backing track (115bpm) here.

Practice Tips

Practice this lick slowly first, then with the backing track on my channel. The feel of the blues lick is very important. You can transpose this lick to other keys as well. 

Gear

The guitar used is my a Gibson Les Paul Standard. The guitar has a full-bodied and very present sound in the bridge pickup. I like this sound a lot for medium overdriven lead tones in blues and blues rock. Everything is recorded through my pedalboard and the Fuchs Blackjack MkII.

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Blues Lick Lesson #04

In this 4th blues lick lesson, I show you how to play this OUTRO blues lick in the E major blues scale. This lick uses some concepts, like the use of double time and rock & roll patterns. Recommended playing level: intermediate and up.

E major Blues scale

This is mostly an E major blues lick that is used as an outro, but you can use it in other places as well. It is a very rhythmic lick played in the 12th position on the guitar neck.

E major blues
E major blues diagram

You can download the full E major blues scale here.

Concepts in this blues lick lesson

In this blues lick lesson, you get the guitar tabs on screen, a detailed explanation of the picking technique, 3 variations on a common blues lick pattern, a bit of background on where I got these guitar licks

Concepts that are present in this video

  • E major blues scale
  • sixteenth notes (double time)
  • 3 note per string ‘roll pattern’
  • alternate picking and legato (hammer-on, pull-off)
Backing Track

Shuffle blues backing track (115bpm) here.

Gear
The guitar used is my (brand new) Fender Telecaster Vintera (Lake Placid Blue). A great, fun telecaster that combines vintage tone with a modern feel to the neck. Everything is recorded through the Fractal Audio Systems AX8.
Practice Tips

Practice this lick slowly first, then with the backing track on my channel. Try to use it in different places of a 12 bar blues, for example, to connect the I to the IV chord in bar 4 of a blues. The lick is also easily transposable to other major blues songs, so I hope you’ll get some mileage out of this one.

In any case, try to make the double-time part of your improvisation. I love this concept because it adds another rhythmic dimension to the story you’re trying to tell with your instrument.

Keep on playing that guitar!

Hope to see you again next time,

Maarten

Emotional Ballad Guitar Solo in E

Emotional ballad guitar solo (with guitar tabs) for the original jam track (‘Sunset Jam’) I posted earlier. Enjoy!

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About the track

After a short acoustic intro, the A-section (verse) follows a gorgeous chord progression in the key of E major. I play in the split coil position of the Suhr Modern. The bluesy guitar licks follow the groove of the emotional ballad backing track and leave room for the other instruments.

The B-section opens with a distant slide guitar, warm piano sounds, and acoustic guitar harmonics. The lead guitar switches to the bridge humbucker, and starts building up the melody into a higher register.

After an alternate picking riff, the C-section (chorus) presents itself with long, high notes. Here I’m thinking about the D major pentatonic. The D-chord in the chorus (bVII) implies a modulation to A major, thus bringing some Lydian flavor into the game. Mixing this part turned out the be a challenge because of the high pitch of the lead guitar. With extra delay (Soundtoys Echoboy) reverb (Exponential Audio Nimbus) and a hint of extra compression (Waves CLA Guitars), the guitar notes sustain longer to carry the melody over the chords.

Featured Lick (Bar 25)
Ascending Shred Lick
Ascending Shred Lick (B Mixolydian + Chromatic)

Ascending shred licks are a great way of connecting melodies between verses and choruses. In the emotional ballad guitar solo video, I use this technique in bar 25 to lead the listener’s ear from the bride (B-section) to the chorus (C-section). The lick starts on B and ends on E in the first beat of the next bar. In between is a B Mixolydian permutation (pattern of 3 sextuplets), followed by two triplets of sixteenth chromatic notes. Pro Tip: use the chromatic scale sparsely in your playing and save it until the very end of a bar.

Featured Plug-In

I highly recommend the Flux Stereo Tool v3 Plugin (freeware). I use it on summing tracks, the mix-bus, and FX-bus to build, check, and (if necessary) correct the stereo image. This plugin proves that the most straightforward tools sometimes turn out to be the most useful. One of my most used plugins. And did I tell you it was free?

Flux Stereo Tool v3
Flux Stereo Tool v3 On My Sunset Solo
Backing Track
Check out the SUNSET JAM Emotional Ballad backing track here.
Gear

Suhr Modern HH with Floyd Rose (all solos)
Martin HD-16R Acoustic (intro)
All guitars played by Maarten
Bass: Spectrasonics Trilian
Drums: Steven Slate 5.5
Recorded with Logic Pro X

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