Chicago Style Blues Licks with Andrew Wasson

Check out this lesson on the world of Chicago Style Blues Licks played in 6/8 time signature. The feel of 6/8 allows for a fantastic flowing triple meter groove that really adds to the effect of the Blues style.

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Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers questions from off of his Guitar Blog website.

Q). I just purchased your eBook "Blues Guitar Styles" and I was curious if you could do a quick lesson with a couple of Chicago Style Blues licks in 6/8 time signature? There's lots of Chicago Blues jams in 6/8 and their licks seem really classic sounding. Anyway, thanks for making the eBook and thanks for making all of your weekly YouTube guitar lessons, they are great!
Thomas – Tampa, FL. USA

A). The triple meter feel of 6/8 time signature lends itself well to the sound of the Chicago Blues guitarists and how they perform their lines. Guys like Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, and Earl Hooker, were but a few of the great Chicago Blues Style of guitarists who applied the triple meter feel with fantastic use of guitar techniques like; hammer-ons, pull-offs, speedy lines and of course incredible vibrato.

Video lesson (with on-screen TAB):

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Chicago Blues (if you're unaware) is one of the most popular of Blues Guitar styles. Famous Chicago Blues legends include guitarists such as: Buddy Guy, Freddie King, Howlin' Wolf, Mike Bloomfield, Slim Harpo, and Earl Hooker (just to name a few). This style has influenced everyone from Eric Clapton to Jimi Hendrix and has a strong connection to the electric guitar. Aside from checking out the licks I've covered here, definitely do yourself a favor and start listening to the Chicago Blues Style players who really put this style of blues guitar playing on the map!

About the Author:
Andrew Wasson is a 1992 Graduate of Hollywood California's Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.). He has operated his Canadian Music School; Creative Guitar Studio, for the last 20+ years... teaching thousands of guitarists both in studio sessions, and through his popular YouTube Channels and websites. Hundreds of FREE lessons are available at

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