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Ben's Blues

by Ben Higgins

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  • Hi guys and welcome to... something a bit different!

    I thought I'd step outside of my normal area and dip my toes into the blues.

    I went for a heavy 6/8 groove which is perfect for big, wide obnoxious bends and lazy vibrato. The scale used throughout is the Am Pentatonic scale because it works over all the chords.

    In terms of technique, there's nothing too difficult. I use a little bit of chicken picking in the first part of the solo which is basically a combination of my pick and my middle finger. It helps give an aggressive, clipped sound to the notes. You can play this without doing that, of course, but you may not get the same staccato effect.

    This lesson will test your bending skills and demand that you let go and inject some passion and feeling into the runs or they will sound as stiff as cardboard. There's no magic formula to developing that feel apart from the magic formula of practise! The only way to get better at something is by...you guessed it, doing it!

    Step into the blues, Ben style!

    Enjoy

    Tempo: 110 bpm

    Key: Am

    Gear: Marshall JVM 410H OD1, Orange setting

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