Today's lick is a classic British blues-rock
phrase. This line is played in G and
takes place over a D-C-G progression, like the
final section of a 12-bar blues sequence in G.
String bending and vibrato are essential
aspects of this lick. Note the wide vibrato
and bends in bar one, and the half-step bends
in measures two and three. This lick has
several interesting melodic features.
The basic melody is derived from the G
Mixolydian Mode (G-A-B-C-D-E-F), however the
non-scale tones B flat and F sharp are added
judiciously in the course of the line.
The sixth step E is emphasized in measure one.
A characteristic Claptonesque three-note
neighbor-tone figure (G-F#-G), which
reinforces the tonic G, is exploited in
measure three. All these elements are
hallmarks of the British blues-rock guitar
style of the late 1960s. The lick is
again played with the Gibson Les Paul-Marshall
combination which epitomizes the guitar tone
of the genre.
Learn this lick and then practice to