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Ben Higgins
post Jul 30 2015, 07:37 PM
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Hey guys, I've noticed some of you have rolled in with some takes pretty quickly for the Badass Blues Collab and some of you are struggling a bit to find some ideas. It could be that blues is not your normal genre, or that the tempo is too slow and the backing too sparse.... for whatever reason, maybe you're just not feeling it. So where do you look to for some inspiration if you're not into the blues?

Well, much rock and metal guitar playing is basically blues but sped up! I bet all of you will be able to think of at least one of your favourite players who displays some blues tendencies in their playing. Hell, why not share some lists or links of players you like who are NOT blues players but who definitely use it in their phrasing. Maybe they play some licks you'd like to figure out so you can use it in the collab?

Anyway, the closest I've got to out and out blues playing on any of my recorded music (excluding the GMC lessons) is the track Mr Badass. Pretty much all of those licks could have come from any blues record of the previous century. They're just played over a non blues progression.

One of my favourite licks in this track (they're all my favourite) is an E minor pentatonic sequence that climbs down using some tricky finger placement. It starts at 1:35.

Check the tab!

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You have to bend the first note a whole tone and then play the same scale interval but on the 12th fret, E string You then need to use the index finger to fret the B string right underneath the note you just played.... that sort of finger movement sets the tone for the rest of the lick. The reason I like it is because it keeps the pace of the track yet still maanges to sneak in two quick bends right at the start and oh, I almost forgot - that cheeky little bend on the 12th fret of the A string too. You play two separate tones on that same fret. First you bend a semitone for the A# then you realise it and play the A note.

I'm using this as an example of blues derived licks that are played in rock music... there are stack and stacks of them in rock / metal music.

So, if you're a Satch fan you can definitely use some of his licks in this collab. Paul Gilbert, Zakk Wylde, Bettencourt, Di Martini, Lynch, Rhoads, Blackmore etc.. no matter who you listen to for inspiration they've got licks you can steal and use for this collab.. or just your guitar repertoire in general!

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