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post Dec 23 2006, 02:12 AM
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Hey GMCers

Just wondering, does anybody know anywhere that I can go to make my blues sound more "bluesy" (lol dont know alot of words) the hot blues lick lesson was great but I was just wondering if theres anything that takes it further. Thanks in advance.


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post Dec 23 2006, 06:33 AM
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Listen to blues music... head over to youtube.com and watch all the blues videos. Changing the dynamics of your picking is a big part of blues... knowing when to just wail across the strings, pick softly, or pluck the string. Vibrato and good control of your bending helps a ton as well.


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post Dec 23 2006, 12:35 PM
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QUOTE (sanders4617 @ Dec 23 2006, 08:33 AM) *
Vibrato and good control of your bending helps a ton as well.


Absolutely - with that I believe you can make any piece of equipment sound extremely bluesy!


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post Dec 31 2006, 12:55 AM
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Here is a tip I´ve got from my teacher: Think like the guitar is the singer, and the singer has to breathe, rigth?
It will sound much bluesier if you put in pauses. Silent time.


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post Jan 1 2007, 01:54 PM
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QUOTE (Norven @ Dec 31 2006, 03:55 AM) *
Here is a tip I´ve got from my teacher: Think like the guitar is the singer, and the singer has to breathe, rigth?
It will sound much bluesier if you put in pauses. Silent time.


my guitar teacher gave me exactly the same tip smile.gif. Bending is a very important ingredient in blues. it is quite important to do them the "right" way to get a more bluesy feel. But as Sanders said, watch videos on youtube or listen to blues music, and try to figure out how your favorite blues guitarist does it.
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post Jan 2 2007, 09:17 PM
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I love the flavor of the blues licks in the hot blues lesson - and Kris demopnstrates the ingredient of attitude in the blues by the way he plays the solo - I worked on all those licks and use them all in my solo practicing - love the SRV lick that starts with a slide and uses the e and b strings the best ...

Here is a question:

I see a lot of blues licks played that include an interval I don't know:

usually it seems like the 5th string is played and then something on the second string a couple frets up (maybe the tonic) I see guys slide into this interval lick a lot - and then sometimes make a descend with it - sometomes in a turnaround.... they sometimes play the 2nd string with a finger instead of the pick as they descend

I saw a lick like this explained n a ZZTop lesson - but it went so fast I couldn't figure it out. Saw it again in an SRV lesson - went way too fast though..

Can someone comment on that type of lick?
What interval is typically played in the blues with that fingering?
Is it part of a cliche lick ?
Is the descending run using that intrval a common thing blues players know?
maybe so eone could tab out an example....

I've played around in the box positions - but I'm just not sure what they are doing with that lick....

I know this is a vague question - but I'd love to add something in that fingering style to my repotoire of blues likck - particularly if it descends. THanks in advance for any comments.
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