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Golden Age of Guitar Instrumentals - Wednesday - Week 5

Blues/Rock Guitar Instrumentals
Today's lick is a classic Texas blues improvised lead phrase. It is played in E and is situated between the 12th and 9th positions on the fretboard. Triplets add a strong rhythmic component to the melody and serve to push the swing feel a little harder. Note the use of a particular uncommon pentatonic (five-note) scale. In this lick the major sixth C# replaces the minor seventh D. The resulting scale is a new hybrid form which in E would be spelled E-G-A-B-C#. This reconfigured pentatonic scale has its own unique "personality," and yields the diminished arpeggio (C#-E-G) heard throughout the lick as well as the emphasized tritones C# and G. The emphasis on the sixth interval and its blues-oriented use has its origins in 1940s swing music (see the first two licks of August 2000), and has been favored by the great Texas blues guitarist Albert Collins as a sonic trademark.

Learn this lick and practice with this jam track
Skill Level: guitar pick onguitar pick onguitar pick offguitar pick off
Key: E


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