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Highbinder
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#1
So, I thought it'd be nice to have a thread where we could share our favourite licks, maybe expand our horizons, yknow?

I've not been playing 'blues' very long, and altho I'm starting to get the hang of the progressions and coming up with things over the different scale patterns it seems my licks are woefully inadequate when it comes to jamming. I've picked up a few nice phrases from the Doors, a couple of Clapton ones, and some odd stuff.

So I was thinking.. I'd love to see some of the classic blues phrases. And where better to ask than here in the blues forum?

Heres one to get things started:

From The Doors - Black Polished Chrome


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Great idea for a thread!

I've got a list of some licks I can tab out sometime, but I'll do it later when I'm not feeling so lazy

Great idea though
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#3
one of my favorite, in the key of E

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Quote by GD_GC
Great idea for a thread!

I've got a list of some licks I can tab out sometime, but I'll do it later when I'm not feeling so lazy

Great idea though

Same here. I got tones that I might tab out one of these days! I'll have to do that one day.
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In E

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epic Page lick
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classic lick used by tons of blues players in Am

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^ I overuse the shit out of that one
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Quote by Carswell98
^ I overuse the shit out of that one


same here, I really need to find a new lick to base all of my playing off of
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Quote by GD_GC
same here, I really need to find a new lick to base all of my playing off of


yeah, I found other stuff to move on to, but every so often it sneaks back in there, a little too much

and I mean, lets face it, it is probably one of the coolest licks going
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^That is because Stevie makes them sound perfect.


I prefer the way clapton does it actually
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I think every good blues player out there has used that lick and made it sound fantastic. SRV's "Texas Flood" is like completely based off of it.
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I use this crazy SRV lick a lot. I'll try to find what song he uses it in... gimme a minute

Ok, so it's basically what Stevie does at 1:37 on El Mocambo's Texas Flood. Great lick.
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I use this BB King lick sometimes.

In B minor

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I kind of like this one, but I don't know much.
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#16
Woo! I thought this thread had died. Some great looking licks being posted but damnit if I'm not stuck at work without a guitar. Can't wait to get home and try them out
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#17
Woah, sat down with my guitar and tried some of those out. Lovely!

Here are a couple more


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Not sure where from, but the prebend to bend styled lick is one I always seem to pull out?


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Opening lick of Reconsider Baby by EC


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Hendrix-esq lick

I'd really like to know some of the 'classic' blues riffs, if people are up for posting more? I'm really quite enjoying this thread
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Ive tried some of those other licks, and they are very cool. Miles Davis cool
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BluesLP1990
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#19
okay so my first post was kind of a joke.
but i decided i like this threat and some of these licks are great.

anyways heres a little stock turnaround lick that i really like using, usually as a lead in to a solo.
i'll put it in C


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Yeah im gonna sound so 'noob'ish, but when you guys say like 'this is in B minor' or whatever, what does that actually mean? Do i like have to down tune or something?
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Quote by Guitar_Obsessed
Yeah im gonna sound so 'noob'ish, but when you guys say like 'this is in B minor' or whatever, what does that actually mean? Do i like have to down tune or something?

That is just the key in which it is played. Most blues uses the pentatonic and the blues scales, so the easiest way to start learning in key ( or at least for me) is to learn the scale starting at the root note on the sixth string (if that made any sense at all). All changing the key does is change the pitch. The intervals are still the same. And no you don't have to down tune
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Quote by imgooley
That is just the key in which it is played. Most blues uses the pentatonic and the blues scales, so the easiest way to start learning in key ( or at least for me) is to learn the scale starting at the root note on the sixth string (if that made any sense at all). All changing the key does is change the pitch. The intervals are still the same. And no you don't have to down tune



Okay...starting to understand. I know the pentatonic scale, a mate showed me, but im not entirely clear on root notes/keys. And yes, i am self taught so yeah.....
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Okay...starting to understand. I know the pentatonic scale, a mate showed me, but im not entirely clear on root notes/keys. And yes, i am self taught so yeah.....

Its all good i'm self taught too.

Well most songs that I know (and my basic default position) are in A minor. All it is is the pentatonic scale on the fifth fret. Try to learn where the notes are and that should help.
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Okay...starting to understand. I know the pentatonic scale, a mate showed me, but im not entirely clear on root notes/keys. And yes, i am self taught so yeah.....

The best thing to do is to get a teacher. Self taught kids tend to brag about being self taught because they think they are better for some odd reason, but they have missed out on a vary valuable and informative part of playing guitar and have missed out on the basics such as keys, scales and root notes.

As for the keys and such:

Ok, so the lowest pitched string is your E string. The frets go up in intervals, 1st fret is F, 2nd fret is F#/Gb, 3rd is G and so on. If your song is in the key of G, then you will want to find the G note (3rd fret) and that is where you want to start your pentatonic scale. The root note in that scale is the G.

That's just very basic and easy theory but my suggestion is to get a good teacher. It benefits you a ton.
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Quote by Guitar_Obsessed
Yeah im gonna sound so 'noob'ish, but when you guys say like 'this is in B minor' or whatever, what does that actually mean? Do i like have to down tune or something?


no...it means that's what key the lick is in.
so you know what key to use the lick over.
like i wouldn't use a lick in C over a chord progression in B without moving it to the right position.

you really need to look up some very basic music theory
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Quote by GD_GC
same here, I really need to find a new lick to base all of my playing off of

Me too. its like im addicted to it
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Quote by Dimebag22
The best thing to do is to get a teacher.


I disagree. You can learn all of the theory that you need on this website, and as long as you practice the theory, you'll be no worse-off than anyone who has a teacher.

Ive never had a teacher, and admittedly i don't know much theory, but thats because in my first 3 years of playing, i wasn't interested in getting to know the theory. I personally think that teacher's are overrated and overpriced. Just get someone to jam with, and you'll pick up theory that way as well.
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I disagree. You can learn all of the theory that you need on this website, and as long as you practice the theory, you'll be no worse-off than anyone who has a teacher.

I personally can't really learn like that. I need someone to show me how to do it, then I'll get it good. If I just learn it by reading it, I will never keep it in my head. My teacher will show me some theory then we will teach me 2 or 3 songs that use that theory or are examples of that theory that he just taught me.
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I personally can't learn the way that you do. I can't stand people telling me what to do, and I can teach myself better than anyone else can (unless they themselves are geniuses). I can do everything for myself that a teacher can. Like learning scales and keys and arpeggios and the like. As long as one has the drive to learn something that they are passionate about, then he can learn it with or without a teacher. So I apologize dime, but I disagree.
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Quote by imgooley
I personally can't learn the way that you do. I can't stand people telling me what to do, and I can teach myself better than anyone else can (unless they themselves are geniuses). I can do everything for myself that a teacher can. Like learning scales and keys and arpeggios and the like. As long as one has the drive to learn something that they are passionate about, then he can learn it with or without a teacher. So I apologize dime, but I disagree.

It's cool man. Everyone has their own learning habits. But I disagree with the part that I underlined. I can only learn so much by myself and with a teacher it all clicks way sooner. Maybe I just had an amazing teacher, too bad he doesn't teach anymore


But, yeah. Everyone has different learning styles.
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ok since we've haven't had many licks for a while i guess i'll try and start it up again

A minor

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Quote by Dimebag22
It's cool man. Everyone has their own learning habits. But I disagree with the part that I underlined. I can only learn so much by myself and with a teacher it all clicks way sooner. Maybe I just had an amazing teacher, too bad he doesn't teach anymore


But, yeah. Everyone has different learning styles.

Cheers to the last part. I am so passionate about the guitar and music in general that if I didn't have it, I would be an empty shell of a man.


Anyway, here's a cool lick that i use ALL the time.

in A minor

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Cool turnaround lick
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Yeah, only in the Blues/ Jazz Forum can we have an intelligent debate about something people disagree on. It seems like everywhere else on this site its just a bunch of flamers and people who can't get along.

But on topic, I will have to side with imgooley on this one. I've learned so much more without a teacher than with the brief time I had one. It just didn't work for me, and I've taught myself practically everything I know. I just learn better than way with musical things it seems.

I totally agree though, that everyone has different learning styles, and do whatever works for you!

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Quote by GD_GC
Yeah, only in the Blues/ Jazz Forum can we have an intelligent debate about something people disagree on. It seems like everywhere else on this site its just a bunch of flamers and people who can't get along.

But on topic, I will have to side with imgooley on this one. I've learned so much more without a teacher than with the brief time I had one. It just didn't work for me, and I've taught myself practically everything I know. I just learn better than way with musical things it seems.

I totally agree though, that everyone has different learning styles, and do whatever works for you!


yeah bro. It's a great community to be in, other than that one crazy dude who you were in a huge argument with You kept cool though, it was him who was going crazy

But you learn lots of theory from your school's Jazz band and stuff too don't you? I never had that. He taught me most of my stuff and he was an amazing teacher. I've learned quite a bit on my own about theory but he introduced me into blues and gave me the momentum to carry on on my own, so he deserves some credit for that. He once told me, 'I'm gonna make you change from a 12 year old white kid to 80 year old black man.' Or something along those lines. I was almost ready to ditch him when he said that because I wanted to play harder stuff but then he showed me a side of the blues that I've never seen and from then on I fell in love . So he started showing me some theory that went into the blues and I never went back! So I must say that I learned quite a bit from my teacher but I've also learned a lot by myself so I don't know which one was more helpful. I guess it all depends on the teacher you get.

though.

EDIT: Damn, I just realized how much I rambled on there... Oh well, I hope you guys don't mind!
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Quote by GD_GC
Yeah, only in the Blues/ Jazz Forum can we have an intelligent debate about something people disagree on. It seems like everywhere else on this site its just a bunch of flamers and people who can't get along.

But on topic, I will have to side with imgooley on this one. I've learned so much more without a teacher than with the brief time I had one. It just didn't work for me, and I've taught myself practically everything I know. I just learn better than way with musical things it seems.

I totally agree though, that everyone has different learning styles, and do whatever works for you!


For real though, that is why i only post in this forum.


@ dime, I have the soul of an 80 year old black man already, so i'm fine. Oh yeah and "Ramble On!!"
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Yeah I think that you need a little of both, a little teaching and a little figuring stuff out on your own. That is perfect. And yeah I have learned a lot of theory from stuff at school, so I guess you can say that I've had a teacher.

Overall, it's just whatever helps you learn the best.

And I also have the soul of an 80 year old black man
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#38
I can't afford lessons, I don't learn well from the online lessons, so I'm doomed to just working it out from songs like I always have
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#39
Gettin a teacher is all on who you find and how well you connect. I'm lucky enough to live around the guy who taught Jonny Lang, now im his only student and ive probly learned more in 1 year with him than 5 years on my own. But its all about finding the right person.

Heres a couple of my favorite licks:

Heres a good starter:

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use it however and use the bends however also

Here's one of my teachers all time favorites (little BB King influence)

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Here's a good ending:
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And these are all Am blues of course!
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I've always liked


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