Eric Clapton Style|
|What you learn:
Part 2 - 12 Bar Blues|
Storm: In this lesson you'll learn some blues riffs and put it
to this twelve-bar progression, key of
A. Use this jam track for this lesson:
Here's an opening riff which mixes together both minor and major pentatonic
The second half of the riff uses a 'reverse rake'.
Play this using an upstroke from the first string down to the
This second lick uses the major pentatonic scale exclusively, working its way up
to 9th position.
This phrase starts over the D chord, the IV chord in the
key. Utilizing a 'unison bend'. The C note on
the second string being bent up to the same pitch as the fretted D on the first
Then it resolves back to the I chord, 'A', by utilizing a 'double stop'. Two
notes played simultaneously like in this next riff:
Storm: The distance the two notes are apart is
a 'sixth'. Notice too, that the notes finishing the phrase are two of the notes
of the A chord.
This next phrase uses a popular move of Clapton. Bend the 4th of the pentatonic scale
up to the 5th, release the bend, then pull-off to the
It also uses a chromatic run, and another 'rake'. This time outlining the A
Another position shifting lick takes us through the 9th and 10th bar of the
progression. Over the E7 and D7 changes this riff is entirely with the minor
And a turnaround lick to get us back to bar
Storm: I am going to send a couple of jam
tracks. This one is a short one, just two bars. Chord hits on G for half of the first
bar, then time for you to put your improvisations in.
Two Bar - G
sr: What is
the timing on this?
Storm: Timing, about 150 beats per minute, shuffle
rhythm. Hits on 1 and the and of 2. 4/4 right. Good for working on short phrases. If
you can, see if you get back on the
chords. This last track vamps from C to G. Think
of it as a IV-I chord change in the key of
Storm: Try to memorize some of these riff
examples. See if you can play them in any order along to the jam tracks for a
good experiment in improvisation.