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British Blues Rock - Friday - Week 4

Today's lick asks the age-old question: Is it minor or is it major? The answer is: Yes-it is both. This melody is a perfect example of the art of scale combining indigenous to hard rock and metal-an approach pioneered and codified by the British electric blues players of the late 1960s. Played in E, our lick presents a line with varied melodic colorations and connotations. Notice the opening measure's firm scalar adherence to E minor pentatonic (E-G-A-B-D). The same melody continues and ends with a strong major sound, emphasized by the repeated major third: G sharp. Yet nothing in the phrase sounds dissonant or out-of-place. The final section in measure three adds the E Blues Scale (E-G-A-Bb-B-D) to the equation for still more sonic diversity. Today's lick also demonstrates the typical position shifts found in guitar playing of the British blues-rock school.

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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