This Clapton-inspired phrase
contains the wider vibrato typical of the
British school as well as the energetic
double-timed flurries that raised the passion
and excitement quotient in blues rock.
This lick is in G and is played in the
familiar blues box at the 15th position.
The bulk of the notes are derived from the G
Minor Pentatonic Scale (G-Bb-C-D-F). Note the
use of the B natural in measure three to
augment the normal minor-pentatonic pitch
array. This blend of minor and major
melody is a telling feature of blues and
blues-rock. Other notable features
include the unison string bends in measure one
and the vocalesque phrasing of the first six
beats. This lick was performed with the
classic no-frills combination of a Gibson Les
Paul Standard (bridge pickup) and a high-gain
vintage Marshall amplifier turned all the way
up. The inherent overdrive and sustain
of this setup produces the definitive British
blues-rock tone of the later 1960s.
Learn this lick and then practice to