BLUES LEAD 1: ESSENTIAL
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Module ID: BLG1
Starting your journey into Blues guitar is great fun! Blues is a language and learning to communicate and it's very easy to learn the basics and get 'talking' right away. This first module in Blues Lead Guitar called Essential Blues Lead Guitar will take you through the techniques, vocabulary, scales and concepts you'll need to start improvising and jamming the blues!
There are 13 lessons in this module. I recommend that you have completed the Intermediate Foundation Modules 3 & 4 before starting this, however, if you've completed the Beginner's Course and keen to get going it wouldn't hurt to make a start - but I've written it with the Intermediate guitar player in mind.
The Blues Language
Few people have said that this is one of the most useful and important lessons on my whole website and they might be right!
Minor Pentatonic Pattern 1
The Minor Pentatonic is commonly the first scale people learn, and with good reason, it's easy and super useful, especially for The Blues!
Bending Technique In Blues
Bending is an essential technique if you want to speak the blues language. You'll learn how to push the string up over the fretboard to increase the note pitch!
5 Blues Licks from Pattern 1
Your first Blues words! I'll feel like a proud Dad when you're speaking them! Five licks from Pattern 1 of the Minor Pentatonic.
Vibrato is a very important technique and conveys a lot of emotion. Without it you playing will likely sound flat and uninspired. Many people seem to pick it up withou...
Using Blues Licks Effectively
Now it's time to put your new words together and try making sense! You will need to use a backing track (or a Jam Buddy if you are lucky enough to have someone to jam ...
Minor Pentatonic Pattern 2
The notes in The Minor Pentatonic Scale Pattern 2 are exactly the same notes we had in Pattern 1, so many people wonder why we bother learning them! The reason is that...
5 Blues Licks from Pattern 2
Well now that you know The Minor Pentatonic Pattern 2, you should probably start using it! And to get you going we are now looking at some licks (words) in this very f...
The Blues Curl on the Flat 3rd
The Blues Curl is a 1/4 tone bend that happens (pretty much) only on the Flat 3rd scale degree - in a Blues in A, it will be the note C that gets this treatment. It's ...
Introducing The Blues Scale
The Blue note is the Flat 5 (b5) Scale degree which sounds great in the blues, especially when mixed in with the Minor Pentatonic Scale. Many people learn it as The Bl...
Five Licks Using The Blue Note
Whenever you learn a new concept or 'trick' in the Blues it's best to put it into practice and learn some of the words that use it! So in this lesson we're checking ou...
Blues Licks Linking Patterns 1 & 2
Now you're gonna get real fancy. You have put the time into learning your licks in P1 and P2 of the Minor Pentatonic (you have, haven't you?) and now we're going to ch...