Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tried and True Beginner Blues Guitar Licks

Beginning guitar players sometimes have the temptation to delve right into rock or metal playing without considering the foundations upon which much of this music rests - the blues. I think some basic foundational knowledge of the blues makes even the best rock player better and for the beginner I think it is a great jumping off point for learning rhythm, scales and improvisation. Like any great music true mastery takes years of dedicated practice but there are some great basic blues guitar licks that will bolster the mojo of even novice guitar players. There is no video example with this lick but I'll try to answer  any questions or comments. Here are two standard blues phrases in the Key of A using eighth note triplets. Triplets receive three notes per beat so count these 1 and a 2 and 2 etc.