Bluesy Bendy Licks

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Hey, it’s Claude Johnson here, back with another
Lick of the Day Lesson for you. In the last lesson
we did a Slash inspired lick that was almost in the
shred zone and today we’re going to go back to the
basics and do a bluesy, bendy kind of lick.

Now, I assume you know basic stuff like bends,
vibrato, pentatonic scales. If you don’t know
this stuff, definitely check out my lead guitar
course for beginners. It’s at playleadguitar.com.

All right, let’s go into the lick. Let’s give you
a close-up shot.

So we’re going to start off this lick on the high
E string, 15th fret. You can either use your ring
finger or your pinkie and we’re going to be bending
up a whole step and adding some vibrato.

From there, we’re just going to play the normal
15th on the high E string and then the 12th on the
high E string. And then 15th on the high E string,
15th on the B. Then 12th again on the B. And then
one more bend, same kind of bend as the first bend,
but it’s on the B string now. Bend 15 to the 17th
on the B.

So again, bend, 15, 12, 15, 15th, 12th, 12th and
then one more bend on the 15th on the B. Real slow.

The rhythm, you can feel it out any way you want.
What I like to do basically is just do kind of like
three beats on that first bend. One, two, three and
then I go into 8th notes. Four and, one and, two and.
So like this. One, two, three, four and; one, two, one.

So a great variation on this lick, instead of bending
up a whole step, let’s bend up two whole steps and
then we’ll go back and just bend up one step. Kind
of like this.

This was a great technique used by like Freddie King,
used to do these multiple kind of bends even before
B.B. King. Again, just play the note, make sure you’re
bending it up to pitch. It might require a lot of
finger strength. Don’t strain yourself. Bend it up
and it’s just a great expression.

So there you have the lick of the day. Next time
we’ll do something a little bit more advanced.

Stay tuned; stay with us and rock on.

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