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Teacher: Welocme to the lesson on the slide style of Johnny Winter! Johnny is one of my favortie slide players, featuring dramatic slide licks and awesome techniques. He was inspired by some of the great Chicago blues players like Elmore James, Muddy Waters,... however Johnny as well has inspired many contemporary blues slide players as well. Check out the lesson sample of the licks you will learn:

Lesson Sample - Lowband - 708k

Lesson Sample - Highband - 2.3 Meg

Clark: pleasant combo of metal and blues

Teacher: Thanks Clark, Johnny is a rock AND blues player, so he incorporates both of those styles to create a unique sound.

Teacher: The opening licks start off with a inprove slide solo in E .I had a great time creating this lesson and getting back up on my slide chops 8-) Here's the first lick:

Part 1 - Lick 1

Part 1 - Lick 1

Teacher: This lick starts is basically in the E Minor Blues scale, in this case you start in the 4th box pattern of the E Minor Pentatonic scale. Here's the pattern:

E Minor Pentatonic - 4th Box Pattern

Teacher: The 2nd phrase uses a descending slide in the box pattern and then playing open notes on each string that are related to the main scale. The second half of the lick jumps to the open E Minor Blues pattern playing a descending run, here's the open E Minor Blues pattern:

E Minor Blues - Open Pattern

Teacher: This next part brings use into a boogie rock 'n roll groove in E, here's the jam track for the next few licks that are coming up:

Looping Jam Track 1 - Lowband

Teacher: Here's the first slide lick in E for this section:

Part 2 - Lick 1

Part 2 - Lick 1

Teacher: This lick starts by sliding into the Major 3rd and then into 5th and root note of a E Major Arpeggio, here's the E major arpeggio pattern:

E Major Arpeggio

Teacher: I highlighted the notes of the E Major Arpeggio used in the lick. The second half of the lick slides into the 2nd box pattern of the E Minor Pentatonic scale.

E Minor Pentatonic - 2nd Box Pattern

Teacher: Here's the next lick in E.

Part 2 - Lick 2 

Part 2 - Lick 2

Teacher: This lick is very cool, you start in the first bar playing in the 2nd box of the E Minor Pentatonic pattern, the 2nd phrase moves into the open position of the E Minor Blues. The 3rd phrase of the lick plays over a C and then down to B. The last 4th and 5th bars uses the octave of the 2nd box of the E Minor Pentatonic, here's the pattern.

E Minor Pentatonic - Octave 2nd Box Pattern

Teacher: OK, let's jump to the next lick:

Part 2 - Lick 3

Part 2 - Lick 3

Teacher: There is a lot going on in this lick, in bar one you slide into the 12th position of the E Minor Pentatonic and then into the 4th box pattern. The 2nd box uses the octave E Minor Pentatonic pattern on the 12th fret and then the licks moves back into box 5. The 3rd bar uses the 2nd box pattern and then jumps into the open E Minor Blues pattern with a descending run. Bar 4 uses a cool lick playing in the open pattern of the E Minor Pentatonic and then jumps into a slide into the octave on the 12th fret. Bar 5 follows the C and then down to B and then you play a ascending intervals that are related to the scale pattern on the 1st (E) and 2nd (B) strings.

Teacher: Let's move to the next section, for this selection of licks you will be playing over a progression in A. Here's the jam track:

Looping Jam Track 2 - Lowband

Teacher: This is a very up tempo beat, here's the first slide lick in A.

Part 3 - Lick 1

Part 3 - Lick 1

Teacher: Notice how our patterns shift when playing in A. The 1st bar of this lick starts in the 4th box pattern of the A Minor Pentatonic scale. Here's the pattern:

A Minor Pentatonic - 4th Box Pattern

Teacher: The 2nd bar uses a descending run in the 5th box pattern of the A Minor Pentatonic and including relative notes that you can play open. Here's hte pattern:

A Minor Pentatonic - 5th Box Pattern

Teacher: Here's the final lick:

Part 3 - Lick 2

Part 3 - Lick 2

Teacher: The final lick uses a slide into the 12th fret and then moving into the 5th box pattern of the A Minor Pentatonic pattern and then back to the 2nd box pattern. You repeat playing in the 5th box pattern to resolve the lick.

heywood: thnx

Teacher: Thanks and see you next lesson! bBye!

Ralph: bye

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