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Blues Guitar For
Lyle: The scale used the most in
Blues is the Minor Blues scale:
You'll be working in the key of G against this 12 bar 1 - 4 - 5
Bending notes for the Blues Beginner can be tricky. Here are the cool notes you
can bend inside the G minor blues scale:
Lyle: To help you practice bending notes, first
play a "target tone", then bend to it:
You don't use the tip of your finger to bend a note, you use more of the flat
part of it.
Lyle: Blues solo riffs use lots of bends and
I have a hard time with vibrato
Lyle: Wiggle that string slow and fast to create
a smooth vibrato.
JohnG: Is vibrato developed with a finger motion or a
Lyle: Either way.
Lyle: The solo in the lesson sample was is made
from 6 little blues riffs made from the Gm Blues scale.
Lyle: You can play your guitar with a clean sound
or overdrive sound.
Lyle: Watch the video clips to see my hand make
Lyle: Here's riff 1:
JohnG: I notice
that you create bends in that example by both "pulling" and "pushing" the
Lyle: Notice there are two different bends in
riff 1, a whole step (2 frets) and a 1/4 step bend (slight).
Some strings you can both push and pull the string when bending. The 1st and 2nd
strings can only be pushed up towards
Lyle: Here's a few variations of riff
JohnG: This may
be a dumb question, but apart from the strings where it can only go one way, how
do you know which way is the best way to bend?
Lyle: Which ever way works for
Hard to make a full bend on an
Lyle: Now try playing riff 1 against the jam
track. Keep playing it over and over through the whole jam track. Try using the
alternates too. Here's a video example:
Let's move on to the other riffs from the lesson sample solo. Here's your next
The third note that bends up a 1/2 step is bending to the flatted 5th, also
known as the blues note within the
Lyle: The next riff "walks" down and past the
Real simple riffs, but they sound good when you add the bends and
Lyle: Next is a variation of the last
The next riff skips the 2nd string and jumps right to the flatted 5th (3rd
string, 6th fret):
favorite part of that riff is the slight bend (3rd string, 3rd
Yep - that quartertone bend really gives it an unmistakable blues
I keep forgetting that you Can skip strings. I get so robotic in the
Lyle: The last riff uses the whole
Lyle: Now you're ready to put all 6 of these
riffs together to make a solo just like in the lesson sample. Here you
Your goal is to be able to play the whole solo with the jam
Lyle: First loop the TAB player and play along to
the TAB. Once you have memorized it, try playing along to the looping jam
It is a fun riff to play over the track Thanks!
Lyle: Thanks everyone for coming to the class
tonight. I hope you're jamming hard on these riffs! See you at the next lesson!
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