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Hey, what’s up? It’s Claude Johnson and I’d like to
show you this little blues lick I was noodling around
with earlier today. It goes like this. One more time.
It’s a pretty easy little lick. Just make sure you
have your basic bends and vibratos down first and
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Now, for this lick we’re going to start on the 12th
fret of the B string with a bend, full-step bend,
that’s two frets, and then we’re going to go on the
high E string from the 9th to the 12th chromatically —
chromatically just means one fret at a time — and
then back to the 10th and then we’re going to repeat
that first bend. So once again, bend, up, 10th and
So the first part I’ll put together is like this.
And then we’re going to do this thing and I’ll go
over the rhythm in just a second. Let me just show
you the notes. Again, we’re going to repeat that
first bend, but we’re going to release it back to
the 12th fret and then 10th. And then 12th and then
down to the G string on the 11th fret and finally
end on the 10th. So that second part of the lick
goes like this.
So first part. Second part. Now, what really makes
the magic of this lick, in my opinion, is the rhythm.
And the trickiness is in the second part. It’s actually
two triplets, but the third note of the first triplet
is held. So think of it as like one, two, three; one,
two, three, but that third note, as I said, is stretched
out. So you can say one, two, three and then say the
one quitely. So one, two, three; one, two, three.
And then the last note is just a quarter note. So one,
two, three; one, two, three; one.
And you don’t even get into the triplet feel until
you do the first part. So think of it as like one,
two, three, four, five, six, seven; one, two, three;
one, two, three; one. It’s a little bit of a complex
rhythm to try to explain in a video, but please check
the tabs and it should make it clear.
Feel free to play around with that rhythmic concept,
you know, the triplets. Anywhere you want. Like, for
example. So you can hold that third one. Play around
with it. You can also play around with just this lick
with different rhythms that make up the notes.