Blues Rock - First Wave
Today's lick is a celebration of double
stops. The strategy of using two-string
riffs in rock guitar solos is a time-honored
one; having been shared by players as diverse
as George Harrison and John Lennon, Jimi
Hendrix, Angus Young, and Eddie Van Halen.
It will undoubtedly be heard in the output of
tomorrow's rock guitar icons. This
phrase is typical of the rhythmic approach to
rock improvisation. It is played in D,
in the 10th position "blues box."
There are two notable aspects in this lick.
The first is a repeated D5 dyad (D and A are
the dyad or two-note chord) played as a lead
riff in the first bar. The second is a
harmonized D Minor Pentatonic scale
(D-F-G-A-C) in measures two and three also
played as a repeated figure. Note the
half-step string bends applied to this portion
of the lick. This section is facilitated
by the use of reinforced fingering when
bending the two strings. Use the first,
second and third fingers together to push the
strings. This is not only a physical aid
but lends an elastic quality to the
performance of the phrase.
Learn this lick and then practice to