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Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 9: Blues Guitar Lead Licks in Tablature

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 9: Blues Guitar Lead Licks in Tablature

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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    • 1. Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 9

    • 2. Blues Guitar Lead Licks in Tablature

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Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 9: Blues Guitar Lead Licks in Tablature

This is the ninth class in the series. In this class we learn several simple blues guitar lead licks that we can add to our playing.


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Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I've published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I've also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon... See full profile

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1. Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 9: Have you ever wanted to take private lessons from the world's greatest professional guitarist? Yeah, me, too. How about settling for me instead? Consider this. I played guitar off and on now for the last several decades and still consider myself to be an advanced beginner. But that still makes me probably a better guitars than you. Another thing to consider. I seem to be a good teacher. I taught several friends how to play blues, rhythm and leave. Now I'm asking you to join the team, not because I'm a great guitarist. I'm far from it. Not because I've developed some revolutionary new teaching method, though I may have. You don't know not because I'm out to make a $1,000,000 though. Wouldn't that be cool? I'm asking you to join me because it will be fun for both of us. This'll course is unique and that I'm not a very good guitar player, So taking this course is more like sharing guitar tips with a buddy. It's less intimidating than spending lots of money and learning from a professional. So come on, let's play some blues guitar together. There are few things more rewarding on this planet than making music with. We'll begin with learning how to play open E and open a power courts. The core, the blues and rock and roll was in just one finger. Then we'll add that be accord using the second finger. And from there were off to the races. Power chords, open courts, bar courts, rock and roll rhythm and blues shuffle with it's all Here in guitar diagrams and talent. The course includes information on a how to play lead guitar and comes to a climax with the solo blues intro Shuffle, Turn Around and singing and lead Conclusion. By the end of this course, you'll know everything you need to play. Begin blues, rhythm and lead guitar or your money back. No, seriously, you Demi offers a 30 day, no questions asked. Money back guarantee on corgis is courses purchased, so there goes your risk. So if you ever wanted to learn how to play blues guitar way, not join me for a one buddy session while we learned together, I'll see you in the classroom. This has been Brian 2. Blues Guitar Lead Licks in Tablature: Hello and welcome to the lecture blues guitar lead licks in this lecture, we're going to learn to play blues, guitar or blues lead guitar using tablature or tab. It's a notation that makes it easy to note not only cords. Cords air better in chord diagrams, but playing individual notes and lead is typically better in tablature. And I'll show you why here in a sec. Okay, so here's the guitar neck, and what we do is tablature looks like music. But it's easier to plan guitar because it's representing the Qatar neck rather than arbitrary intervals between notes. Let me show you what I mean. So here's the guitar neck, and here's what tablature looks like. In fact, I have noted the song twinkle, twinkle, little star and tablature. Now the first thing to note is from left to right doesn't mean your neck or the head or the body of the guitar. It means the passage of time. So you're playing notes from the left to the right, one at a time. The other thing to notice is that the fretboard, which is being represented here, is a little strange in the sense that the low e string is on the bottom and the high e string is on the top. So it's kind of like you're looking down at your guitar here. What they do is instead of using left and right to show you where on the Net to play, they put a number to tell you the friend to play. So from left to right, the first note that I'm gonna play is I'm gonna play on the second string down. The third fret up, and that's what this says. And after that, I'll play the third fret up again, and then I'll move down two strings and I'll play that open twice and then I'll play, too. With the two friends, you can see how easy this hiss. This is a really easy notation for learning guitar. Tablature is something you must learn. It's going to open up your guitar playing to new possibilities. So let's play twinkle, twinkle little star together using this tab. Okay, so we begin with the second string down with the third fret being depressed now, looking ahead and seeing what I've got, a plan, the future, I can kind of see that the three string or the three. Fret is the highest I go, so I put my three finger on that, which is about the highest finger I want to use. So right, that's the song. And notice how you can play this straight just with the frets and the notes that you have to play. Now you have to figure out some fingering. Sometimes they'll give you some help with fingering. They'll give you a little notes on which finger to use on which note. But typically you just take the time to figure out how I'm going to play this stretch of tablature and what fingers I'm going to use. So that's Twinkle, twinkle little star. What about we try to blues things out a little bit more here and here is your blues shuffle rhythm. This is what it would look like in Tab, right? We're gonna hold down in G, by the way. So we're gonna hold down the three fret on the Lowy strength and below that, the five fret and we're gonna go back and forth between the five and the seven, right, and we'll go up to the sea and up to the d. So I wanted to show you what standard blues looks like in tablature. Now in Tablet You, you're more going to see Leeds and song melodies and stuff like that rather than cords. They'll you'll still see chord diagrams used for courting or for raking courts. Now here, this is a really fun. So as your first exercise in Tab here is a really neat little pattern, I wouldn't call it a lead. It's almost like a base pattern, but it gets you picking individual strings, which is what lead is all about, and it's an interesting pattern to plan. It sounds cool. So 33225532 got it. That's the 1st 1 So right, So that's really fun to play. And you should just right now, we're just trying to get your fingers moving. Don't worry about whaling on bending strings and stuff like that. To see if you can play individual notes with your pick. That's hard enough getting the right string but also getting the right now. There we go. So the first thing that I want you to dio is I want you to play the blues in G. Using are picking pattern, so let's go ahead and play that together. Did you make it through that? Well, we're about to make it a little harder because one of the things that we haven't been considering is your right hand with one that holds the pick. You have choices as to whether to go up and down, up or down on these strings. And the optimal way to pick this pattern is called an alternating picking pattern where you pick up and down. So if you've been picking down all the time on this just like that I've been picking down. We'll try picking down and then up. It's a little more difficult at first, but after that you're gonna find there's a certain economy in pic movement that makes it much easier to play. So your next assignment is to play the alternating picking pattern and play Aggie Aggie Blues using this picking pattern. Okay, next, here we go. We're actually going to start getting into more lead licks. I'm gonna teach you five short blues lead licks. Why so few? Because there's so many on the Internet. I don't need to show you a lot of blues licks. All I need to do is show you the general idea and then send you out of the Internet to learn Clapton, Hendrix, whoever you want to lean. Learn from Stevie Ray von. They're all out there on the Internet in Tab, so let's begin with our first lead lick. This is fairly simple. Way go. It's all notes in the pentatonic scale. Fergie, by the way we're playing in G. Should have let you know that and notice that it has two types of picking patterns. Once again, we're gonna have to start being concerned with how we pick, for instance, in going from the seven down to the five on the next string, you can decide to use complete alternate picking, and some people just go that way. It doesn't matter. They pick up, down, up, down, up, down cause constantly and consistently. But in going from that seven to the five, you can actually, it's more efficient to pick down to get to that five and then up right and pick alternately on the rest of the strengths. I'm gonna leave that up to you. Advanced picking technique is probably beyond the scope of this course, but hey, it's not beyond the scope of the next course, so get ready for that. What about lead number two? Okay, that's fairly easy. And then number three. Now, this one has some interesting new notation on it. And what that notation is is a hammer on. So rather than playing the six in the seven here, you hammer it on. So watch this. You pick the five, and then you hammer on. Do you hear that? Six. That's right. You can hear the note because you hammer your finger onto that six. So we're doing this in triplets, and you just play three triplets, right? And that's the next lead. And then finally, we have an interesting one here where you do a bend. Now, this is a full Ben. So you're bending up. Ah, full two steps or two frets on this seven string. So it sounds like this the e like that. Okay. And here comes one mawr lead that I really like. And this all you do is you put your finger your one finger down on the five fret for the bottom or the high e and the string above it. So those two high strings you put your fire your one finger on it on the five. And then you bend seven. So you go Teoh got that? You. So you bend that seven up and you try and bend it up his first E. And then you release the seven and you just play the two fives. So that's a cool little lick. Now that's all of our licks that I'm gonna show you. If you want to find Maura licks, go out in search as I say, Go out and find them on the Internet if you're looking for more Lex, But let's go ahead and return to some of these licks and give it a try. What we're about to learn is how to play with yourself. And the way that you do that is that you hit accord and you have a little break and you put in one of these licks. So let's try that that way, and then you go to the next chord and the next lick. Let's go back to that previously I don't know. You just you put the leads together in various ways playing with yourself. Now in the next lecture, we're really going to start jamming and we're going to go for this technique. But for now it's the best way to play with yourself is just play a chord out of the blues and then use one of these leads to fill in a little lead. So I'm going to play a GI Blues here, and what I want you to do is to go back to these various leads and I want you to play with them. So here we go, the 1st 1 Let's Ah, play it blues lead and play this lead and play various notes in the pentatonic scale to to expand on it. So here we go, Here's our blues way. - So there you go. That wasn't enough time to experiment with leads. Then don't worry, cause we've got some Mawr rhythms coming up for you to play that in. Now one more lead that I want to give you this is really cool. I just kind of play this. When I pick up the guitar, it naturally comes to my fingers. So it's this rock and roll lick That's really pretty cool. And I can play this almost through an entire blues. I do a slight variation, and I'm gonna play this for you. So here. What you do is you go on, the five fret down on the very bottom. And instead of just holding the bottom two strings which are being played also move your finger up onto the third string up. Could you realize that's about to be played via a pull off? Now? What's up? Pull off. We haven't seen that yet. If you pull your fingers off rather than directly off the keyboard, pull him off in an angle, you'll actually pull the strings and sound them. It sounds like this here the way that that second string is being played. I'm not playing the pick on it. I'm pulling off and then you're going toe hammer on to the seven string. So, like that. So you play five? Yeah, right. So you can play almost an entire lick just using this one little riff. So let's try it again. Right? We're on the five. And then you hit the five again. So far, Dr. Hit the sevens up there on the second string and then pull him off to the five and hammer on the seven. You can't quite hear that. I'm losing my pull offs. and stuff and play the fives again, and you can play it either in Iraq or more of a shuffle bluesy sound. So that's a cool little riff toe. Learn to use in some kind of a rock and roll pattern and go ahead and play this riff as long as you can and see if you can get it down. Learning Blues lead guitar Guess what my next guitar course will be about? It'll b'more about learning blues lead guitar, so we're just beginning to dab dabble in this. It's actually a quite large subject that deserves its own class. I would search the Internet for Tab. You can learn virtually any lead that you want out on the Internet there, all documented via Tab, which means that you can play them and look for good books and videos that have lixian them , just learn licks and then transpose them into the key that you're playing in. And hey, while I You're playing lead guitar in the blues. So what did we learn in this lecture? We learned how to read guitar tablature or tab. We learned how to play. Ah, cool lead rhythm, right, The right. That's pretty cool. We learned about alternate picking, which could be much quicker and picking out these leads. And then we got five short blues licks. Sorry, there weren't Mawr, but you just gotta play with the pentatonic scale and get them. There will be much more in the next last. And then we learned how to play the classic rock click right. And in the next lecture, we're going to learn how to play lead with ourselves. We're gonna get Mawr into that technique of playing a little rhythm, singing a little stop and then play a lead riff. And that's the way that we're going to jam with ourselves, which is exactly what the next lecture is. And I'll see you there. Let's start jamming in the meanwhile, practice those leads. Practice that pentatonic scale and let's get ready to play some lead guitar