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British Blues Rock - Tuesday, Week 4

Today's lick has two elements characteristic of the late-1960s British blues-rock guitar style. The first is a sultry singing melody which emulates vocal phrasing, and the second, heard in the conclusion, is a careening and energetic flurry of notes which provides a nice contrast. The lick is played in the 12th position and is used over a D-E chord figure. The opening line exploits a particularly vocalesque string bend which is bent up a whole step and a released to a half step (G to A to G sharp) for a smooth melodic effect. Vibrato is crucial in this portion to animate and "vocalize" sustained notes. The final bar features a riff-type line based on the E Minor Pentatonic Scale (E-G-A-B-D). The latter is a turbocharged reinterpretation of a beloved Chicago blues cliche'.

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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