Blues Intros in the Style of Eric Clapton

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Blues Intros in the Style of Eric Clapton -- Blues Guitar Lesson

Blues Intros in the Style of Eric Clapton - Blues Guitar Lesson

How’s it going, guys? This is John McClennan
and I’m here with, excited
to bring you this video blog. Today’s topic
is blues intros. This is something that I picked
up from Eric Clapton, but it’s been played by
thousands and thousands of blues artist and
it’s a piece of the language. So you’re going
to want to practice this and right away if
I pick up a guitar and play this lick,
there’s no doubt about it that it’s the
blues. Here we go.

We’re in the key of A, A blues, and we’re
going to start actually up on an A7 triad,
which looks like this, a three-note A7 chord:
9, 8, 9; E, G, C sharp are those notes.
I slide into it like this. And then I’m going
to just drop it down in half steps.
Here’s A flat 7, G7, resolving to an A
triad here, no 7th involved. I play the 5th, 5th,
5th here and I quick hammer into the 6th.
So that’s the flat 3rd again, going to the
major 3rd, which is just this ubiquitous
sound that we hear in the blues, all that stuff.
And then leading into the 5 chord, which you can
play like this: 7, 6, 7, 5. Once again, from the top.

There’s the basic lick. If you want to make it a
little bit more intense going to the 1 chord,
you could make it augmented, a la “Stormy Monday”.
So this would be 7, 6, 5, 5. And then, of course,
resolving to the A7. So check it out.

Click the link below and get this under your fingers.
Practice it hard and we’ll see you next time.