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Teacher: Hello class, we're back to the blues! This lesson will start the series on Contemporary Blues Guitar Legends, featuring the style of Gary Moore! Gary is one of my all-time modern blues players, he incorporates the licks of blues greats like BB King, Albert King, ... and the British blues players like Peter Green. Gary Moore started his career as a rock guitarist, playing with bands like Thin Lizzy, but then later focusing on a solo career where he mainly played the blues. So basically Gary has a blues guitar style with a rock edge to it. Check out the licks you will learn in the lesson sample:

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Teacher: Our first section starts in Dm and the progression modulates downward to Am. First here's the jam track you will play over:

Looping Jam Track 1 - Lowband

Teacher: Here's our first lick:

Part 1 - Lick 1


Part 1 - Lick 1

Teacher: The progression is Dm, G. E, Am, F, E, Am. We'll mainly focus on the licks for this lesson though. This lick is a very dynamic pattern starting with a slide into the 10th fret, where you immediately play the box pattern on the 10th and 12th frets of the 1st (E) and 2nd (B) strings. In the 3rd bar of the tab you move into the 8th and 10th fret using the same pattern, this sets you up to follow the chord changes of the progression. In the next lick we will jump into the A Minor Blues scale pattern. Here it is:

Part 1 - Lick 2


Part 1 - Lick 2

Teacher: Now you might notice that you play notes from the A Minor scale pattern as well. Here's the pattern for both scales:

A Minor Blues - A Minor


Teacher: See how the scale patterns relate? It sounds very "melodic" when you venture into a scale that is related to the over scale structure. In this example we start with the A Minor Blues and then into notes of the A Minor. If you feel you are stuck into playing the same old licks, try finding other scales that are related to expand on the licks you already know. For our next blues lick we will start by using a hammer-on/pull-off using the A Minor scale pattern:

Part 1 - Lick 3



Part 1 - Lick 3

Teacher: This lick continues the theme from Lick 2, notice towards the end the nice chromatic ascending pattern that follows the progression of the jam track. Let's jump to the 2nd part of the lesson, using a different progression. Here's the jam track:

Looping Jam Track 2 - Lowband

Teacher: For this progression we will use C# using a standard I, IV, V blues rhythm. The next blues licks will use the C# Minor Blues scale pattern. Here's the scale:

C# Minor Scale - Box 1 & 2


Teacher: OK, notice I gave you box 1 & 2 of the C# Blues. Practice these patterns a few times over the jam track and then we will jump into the blues licks next. Our first lick will start in the box 1 pattern.

Part 2 - Lick 1


Part 2 - Lick 1

Teacher: This lick is very common among players like BB King, Albert King, Buddy Guy.... and guys like Clapton, Peter Green, SRV.... Our next lick moves into the box 2 pattern. It sounds very dynamic bending the higher notes of the scale.

Part 2 - Lick 2


Part 2 - Lick 2

Teacher: Notice the whole step bends that are used for each note on the 14th fret. The 2nd bar bends into a neutral position on the 14th and down to the 12th and back. A very common technique with blues players. You should spend time practicing that bar over and over to improve you blues style. The next lick will continue using box 2 and later jump back into box 1.

Part 2 - Lick 3


Part 2 - Lick 3

Teacher: Notice the hammer/pull-off when you move into box 1. After that you use the 2nd finger to slightly bend the 3rd string (G) - 11th fret then the 9th fret positions on the 2nd (B) and 1st (E) strings. Positioning your fingers are key to pulling off this lick effectively. The next lick continues using box 1.

Part 2 - Lick 4


Part 2 - Lick 4

Rokfish: These are a lot like Riffs in the bridge of the song Layla

Teacher: Oh yes, I can see that. Clapton had many of the same influences as Gary Moore. The last lick will start in box 2 and then move back into box 1.

Part 2 - Lick 5


Part 2 - Lick 5

Teacher: Next lesson we will continue with Part 2 on the style of Gary Moore. Keep practicing! See you next lesson!

cowboy: great lesson thanx

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