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Blues Guitar For
Lyle: Welcome to
another Blues lesson. This one has a cool solo made from the E minor blues
scale. But first it's a good idea to learn how to play the rhythm guitar part.
This is another 12 bar blues
Lyle: For the measures that have the E chord
you'll want to do this rhythm riff:
like the sound of this riff. It reminds me of a ZZ Top song or
Lyle: You can use a clean tone or dirty tone. You
can even do this on an acoustic guitar.
Lyle: Take the E riff and move it down one string
to make it an A riff:
ZZ: Can I use the pinky for the 5th fret
Yes you can use the pinky for the 5th fret part of the
Lyle: The "E and A" rhythm licks use a power
chord made from root note and 5th degrees, then alternating between the 6th and
b7th degrees of the key before it comes back down.
During measures 9 and 10 you'll play this:
For the final 2 measures you'll play this next riff, also known as "the
Here's how all the rhythm parts go together for the complete 12
Play along to the TAB notation. Select the loop feature. Once you get it down
and can play right along with it, try playing along to this looping jam
For most beginners this rhythm riff isn't too tough. With a little practice
you'll get it down in no time at all.
Lyle: The solo I've made for you to learn is a
different story. This solo will give some beginners something to work
First learn the E minor blues scale in the open position:
Pay attention to which fingers you are using for this scale pattern. Many times
I see beginners using the wrong fingers. Look at the TAB playback on the virtual
neck to see the fingerings.
Lyle: The solo is made mostly from this scale. I
made the solo by repeating this riff here:
Notice the first note of the main riff has a slight bend to
Here's the first solo with this main riff all through it. There will be a few
other "bonus" blues riffs mixed in there too:
mark: That riff
just doesn't sound the same on an acoustic! :-)
Play it hard and heavy if you're using an acoustic.
Lyle: Can I show you another solo that is just
like this one?
ZZ: Go for it!
Lyle: The minor blues scale is made from the
root, b3, 4, b5, 5, and b7 degrees of the major scale.
Lyle: The MAJOR blues scale is made from the
root, 2, b3, 3, 5, and 6 degrees of the major scale.
Lyle: I made you another solo from the E major
blues scale way up high on the neck:
Here is the solo. You'll be jumping around the neck and switching from the E
major and minor blues scales.
Lyle: For some beginners this solo will take extra
bends on the G string sound nice!
Lyle: Those are very important little
bends that help give you the blues
StevO: I dig the bends on the 9 and 10 what are
those called? are those chords?
Lyle: Those are just a couple notes from the A7
Lyle: That's all for this lesson. I hope this
gives you something good to practice for the week. See if you can memorize the
solos and then play them along to the looping jam track.
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