22 November 2007

Blues Guitar Lick #9: Double Stops in A

Today's blues lick uses double-stops. This means that two notes are played at the same time. Here's the lick:


e----------------------------------
B-----5---7---5-s-7-s-5------------
G-----5---7---5-s-7-s-5------------
D--7---------------------7~~~~~~~~-
A----------------------------------
E----------------------------------

The lick is in the key of A and uses notes from the A minor pentatonic scale. It starts and ends on the root A note to establish the key and chord.

In between these two notes you play double stops based on the minor 3rd and the 4th notes of the scale. Play the slide-up and slide-down with only one stroke of the pick.

You can play around with this lick varying the timing, placement of the slides, or use some hammer-ons or pull-offs.

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