Blues Soloing - Beginner/Intermediate

by Ivan Milenkovic

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  • Hey there GMC, and welcome to my new series about blues soloing. Here you will find a little something for everybody who likes the blues. :)

    We all like to play blues licks from time to time. This lesson is on the beginner technique level. This by all means does not imply that only beginners should play it. Everybody who likes the blues and knows about its trues essence will be glad to play some licks in a slow shuffled tempo.

    The most important thing here is the feel. Practice a little, and then start focusing on the feeling of the blues to get the sound right. The feel could be anything that you think it is important - for example an emphasized note here or the aggressive bend there, tells about your feeling while playing. If you are true with your feelings the sound will be true as well. Have fun! :)

    Lesson containing:

    - blues licks
    - turnaround blues lick and shuffled beat
    - phrasing
    - bending
    - vibrato techniques

    Key: B
    Tempo: 90bpm

    Sound used: Middle pickup, Fender blackface emulation, touch of reverb.

    B minor pentatonic.jpg

    Bmajor pent.jpg

    Bminor blues scale.jpg
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