24 August 2007

Blues Lick on A Chord

Today's blues lick is in the key of A. Without further ado here it is:

e----------------------------
B----------------------------
G------5h7--5h6--------------
D---7------------7~~~~~~~~~~-
A----------------------------
E----------------------------

The lick starts on the root note, A. It continues with a pair of hammer-ons from the minor 3rd. The second hammer-on finishes on the major 3rd. This kind of minor/major sound gives a very characteristic blues sound.

Finally, the root A note is played again. Let this note ring on and give it some vibrato effect. The root A notes at the beginning and the end of the lick work with the major 3rd to establish the key.

This lick can be played over a I chord in a blues progression.

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