Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers questions from off of his Guitar Blog website.
Q). I've been working at Blues licks and I wanted to know if you could make a quick lesson showing some that use a variation of a repeating part. I really like these repetitive blues licks, but I don't exactly understand how to make them. The one thing I've noticed from similar Albert King and Stevie Ray licks is they use more notes than are in the Blues Scale. Anyway, I hope you can help! Brian - Chattanooga, TN. USA
A). One of the most important elements for building these types of blues licks comes from the way we repeat the rhythmic durations from one phrase into the next. But, that's not all there is to it. Another big part of using these licks is how we employ different notes found from both within the associated scale and how we use "other tones" that are not a part of the key signature. Once you can get a good handle on applying these rhythmic and melodic concepts, you'll be able to invent a number of these Repetitive "Blues Lick" Phrases.
VIDEO LESSON (with on-screen TAB):
The video lesson breaks down how, within the structure of a typical a Blues Solo, (or within the core melodic line of a Blues number), we commonly find phrases that repeat.
These phrases will of course repeat in different ways, but all tend to share common attributes. It is important to have an understanding for the rhythmic operation of repetitive phrases. And, along-side of that, how different scale tones play an important role in the creation of these repeating melodic phrases. Both rhythmic and scale-tone use are vital to comprehend. These areas are at the core as to how the repetitive phrase will build from one beat into the next. Eventually, players will get accustom to both the melodic and rhythmic patterns. Eventually, players will naturally begin composing their own original repetitive blues phrases!
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 www.andrewwasson.com.