How to Play A Blues Guitar Lick Michael Bloomfield Style

Hey , check out this blues lick
in the style of Michael Bloomfield.
Not only is it a nice little spicy
blues lick, but what’s cool is that
we’re using major pentatonic
in the position of a minor pentatonic
box, so its very useful to creating
some killer leads.

Every great blues lead guitarist
used this trick of combining
major and minor pentatonic.

If you want to learn a lot more
about it, check out Killer
Guitar Control Secrets


Hey, guys. Good morning. It’s Claude Johnson from It is Sunday, May 12th. It’s
Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms
out there. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom, if you’re
watching this, although you probably aren’t.

Anyway, today I want to give you a nice little lesson.
I’m going to show you a blues lick in the style of
Michael Bloomfield, one of the great, all-time great
blues guitarists. This is in the key of B. Let’s
check it out. Here’s the lick. Once again.

We’re in the key of B, up here on the 7th fret. And what
we’re going to do is start on the B string, we’re going
to go 7th fret, 9th fret and then up to the high E string.
So the first three notes — and I’m doing a hammer-on.
I’ll show you the picking in a second. So we do that,
than we bend. So we’re bending on the high E string
from the 9th fret up to the 11th, and back. Then we do
a little triplet. So it’s like a hammer-on, pull-off.
One, two, three, and then back down to the B string.
So far we have… It’s a nice little lick right there.

Then we do this. You’re on the high E string, 7th fret
and you’re going kind of right back down, 9th fret on
the B string, to 7th fret. Then we do just 7th fret on
the high E string and then 7th fret on the B string,
so just two notes. Then finally, we slide up to the
12th fret on the B string. So here’s the lick, slow.
Once again. I’ll try even slower. Up to speed.

So with the picking, what I’m doing, downstroke,
hammer-on and then upstroke. Then downstroke,
upstroke and I do hammer-on, pull-off, downstroke.
Then I do — this is tricky, sort of — I do an
upstroke and then I’m just going to hammer-on on
this string out of nowhere, without picking it.
And then I do kind of like a sweep down, down.
That’s the trickiest part of the picking. You’ve
got to really get it clear. And one more downstroke.

It’s a nice little blues lick. What’s cool about it for
me is that you’re almost in the minor pentatonic position
but you’re actually playing in a major pentatonic. This
is a nice little fretboard visualization tidbit here.
When you have your minor pentatonic, you have on the top
two strings, three notes apart. If you just change those
to two notes apart, there’s your major. So what we can
do with this lick is start it off and go into something
minor right from that.

Play around, mix it up, but I’d definitely got
way deeper into major and minor in my course,
“Killer Guitar Control Secrets”. So check that
one out, folks. I think you’ll like it, at So that’s about it.

Thanks for watching. Don’t forget to subscribe to the
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out my course, “Killer Guitar Control Secrets”, just go
to All righty, catch you next time.

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