In this Guitar Control lesson video instructor Darrin Goodman, demonstrates how to play a “Killer Country/Blues Lick in the Key of E”. This lick incorporates all the essential techniques, that makes this killer country/blues lick sound sweet. Based in the minor pentatonic scale, with the addition of a major third, blue note and some other passing tones, as well as techniques such as; slides, hammer-ons, and pull offs. A great addition to your arsenal of licks.
I want to show you this cool lick, a bluesy kind and a little bit of country and blues mixed together and stuff.
Check the image above to follow the chords and tabs.
Primarily this is going to be an all minor pentatonic scale in the box pattern. The first box pattern are in the key of e, this scale will start on the 12th fret of the low e string so we’ve got 12, 15, 12, 14, 12, 14, 12, 14, 12, 15, 12, and 15. There’s going to be a couple of additional notes and some passing tones and things like, we’ll address that when we get there.
The first thing we do, is we do a slide from nowhere to the 14th fret of the d string. It doesn’t matter where you start, I’m starting approximately in the 9th or the 10th fret slide, and then we go to the 12th fret of the g string with your first finger, and then go back to the 14th fret of the d string. We go back to the third string g string, putting my first finger on the 12th fret and my second finger on the 13th fret, and third finger on the 14th fret, and we’re going to do a bend whole step band and hold.
This is probably the most difficult part, were going to bend, take our fourth finger and bar it across the high e and the b string at the 15th fret, and we’re going to bend and hold, then we pick strings and go e, b, and then to the g and release it. From there we go back to the 12th fret of the g string slowly and then we go back to the 14th fret of the d string with your third finger, back to the 12th fret of the g string and then going to do a hammer on to the 13th fret.
That’s adding the major third into the minor scale that’s really kind of gives that kind of country sound. After, we hammer on to the 14th fret of the d string. We do the band, go to the 12th fret of the g string to the 14th fret of the d string, and then you take that third finger, roll it up to the 14th fret of the g string, and then back on you’re d string 14, g string 14, back to the d string 14, and then you go to the 12 on the g string with the hammer on, that’s the first half.
For the second half we’re going to start on the 12th fret of the d string, and we’re going to pick and hammer on to the 14th fret and pull off back to 12, then we go to the 14th fret of the a string with your third finger, and we’re going to do this passing tone. We’re going to the 13th fret with your second finger and then, the 12th fret is your blue note.
That’s actually a flat five in the scale, but they called it out as the blue note. You descend that down and then slide to the 10th fret to the 12th fret of the low e with your third finger and back to the 10th fret of the a string. You’re going to pick and do a hammer on to the 11th fret, and finally follow with the 14th fret of the d string with your fourth finger. You want to hear that ring out over the top of each other, that’s the whole second half. Then try the entire sequence really slow, I hope you found that useful, and you got something out of it.
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