Using Blues Licks

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Learn How Use Blues Licks In Your 12 Bar Blues Riffs!

In this lesson we are going to be adding some licks to the riff that we learned in the 12 Bar Blues Riff II lesson. I am basically playing the exact same 12 bar blues riff with several blues licks thrown in to make things a bit more interesting. Feel free to download the TAB for this lesson by clicking on the PDF icon right below the video. If you like playing like this you should really check out some of Eric Clapton’s acoustic tunes such as “Drifting Blues”.

There are three blues licks presented in this lesson that all pretty much stick to the open E blues scale. The first two licks are kind of interjections between the chord changes in the 12 bar blues progression. The third lick is a pretty cool turnaround lick that is used to wrap up the progression.

Enjoy this one guys and try to use what you learn here to start making up your own blues licks. If you want more step-by-step help on how to use the blues scale and make up your own blues licks you can check the Blues Guitar Blueprint.

This Lesson Has 20 Comments

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  • Felicitas P. Calicdan says:

    Nate, could you download a Blues Guitar Blueprint on the computer because im using an iPad and I want to download Blues Guitar on the computer

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    • Echa says:

      nice chops .although I stumbled over this quite alhwie ago, I took for granted that it was something that everyone but I already new lol .I encorporate alot of the same technique in my country playing as well as blues .and even in metal believe it or not .overdrive it to the extreme and play the same licks (at a much faster speed) and youe8ll know what I mean .very versatile very smooth I love jazzy blues and it doesn’t get much better than this .keep it up boys

  • david says:

    thanks needed that

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  • Jon says:

    You suck at teaching, what is the a scale, what is the e scale, why play them in blues, how do u create your own licks….. And so on

    • PeteA... says:

      Lessons are of a high quality, it almost offends me hearing a bad word said,,oh Well, the lessons are way cool, kep em comin if I may be so bold, thankyou 4 all….

  • erdogan says:

    thanks for the lesson isurely appreciate.

  • blues scales says:

    You really make it seem really easy with your presentation however I in finding this topic to be really something that I think I might by no means understand. It sort of feels too complex and very wide for me. I’m taking a look forward to your next submit, I’ll try to get the grasp of it!

  • Geg says:

    I have been playing gutuar since I was 8 years old, only knew my chords ABCDEFG , Never learned the diference from Minor and Major Chords, Never learned my scales eather , even though i was playing them, and didnt even know.I have learned a tons from you, thank you,And I,am 58 years old now.PS Real easy for me to learn. LOL

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  • Warren says:

    Thanks for lessons u are helping me a lot I’m 52 cheers

  • blues scale says:

    welcome, i love you

  • hannah says:

    Love the lesson! Finally someone who goes slow and shows the whole lick!
    Great Job!

  • BenSiew says:

    Looks and maybe sounds easy but it isnt.
    I am loving it! and slowly learning it.

  • jamhammer21 says:

    so far so good thanks nate.


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