3 Slow and Easy Blues Guitar Licks
Blues guitar licks are something that you definitely need to learn if you are wanting to jam along with other musicians, or a backing track.
Blues guitar is the basis for many styles of music, so a solid foundation in the blues is a great starting point for any guitarist. And having a collection of "go to" blues guitar licks is vital for any guitar player.
The licks in this video lesson are all slow blues licks and easy to play, perfect for a beginner guitar player, but sound so good that even advanced guitar players will find great uses for them.
Even though these are slow blues licks, there's no reason why they won't sound good at faster speeds. So once you have your fingers around them, feel free to speed them up 🙂
Once you have got the PDF, followed the lesson, and learnt the 3 blues guitar licks you will be good to go to play them along to this A minor blues backing track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T5G0DbDAHc
All these licks are are written to work over an A minor chord, and as I mentioned in the lesson, you can play these licks in any key, over any chord. Watch this video to find out EXACTLY how to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC-Ne_IriNc
The most important part of playing guitar solos, from easy lead guitar lines up to complex ones, is to put emotion and feeling into your playing. In this video I will show you some great ways to do this! I cover phrasing, vibrato, bending and much more.
These licks all use the pentatonic scale, which is the most commonly used guitar scale in blues music, and many other styles of music. I take you through how you can use this scale to play your own red-hot guitar solos 🙂
Here's a quick breakdown of the licks:
Lick #1 uses just 5 notes, in a simple, but great sounding pattern. You will instantly recognize the G shape pentatonic pattern that this lick sits inside! Remember to make all the notes count, spend a bit of extra time working on the vibrato parts, as this is what will make the lick really shine.
In lick #2 we add in a couple of slides, to add some extra bluesy-ness to the lick. We extend the G shape pentatonic pattern to include the G+3 pattern. Don't forget the vibrato!!
Lick #3 takes things up a notch, adding in double stops, hammer-ons and bends, as well as slides. It sounds like a lot, but it's a simple lick that you will get in no time at all 🙂 Take it one section at a time, and make those notes really sing!