Learn this blues introduction and use it for the perfect start to your blues songs and jams!
Watch this guitar lesson to discover
So jump on in and get a killer start to your 12 bar blues songs every time…
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Blues Introduction Lick – How to Play Classic Blues Intro Lick In Any Key
Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll learn in this blues guitar lesson:
0:11 Demonstration of the blues introduction you’ll be able to play at the end of this lesson. Bet you’ve heard something like this lick before on some of your favourite blues recordings!
0:30 Blues intro lick – slow demonstration. I’m going to teach you this lick in the key of G. So we’d commonly use it a blues introduction to a 12 bar blues in G.
1:02 Step by step breakdown of the blues lick including guitar TAB and picking options. I’m going to demonstrate it on electric guitar but it also works great in acoustic blues styles (demo later…)
4:29 Now that you know how to play the blues introduction have a listen to how it also works on acoustic guitar.
4:40 How to connect the intro lick onto a 12 bar blues. This is important because if you get it wrong it won’t lead smoothly into your 12 bar blues – and this is the whole point of an intro! Make sure you get this bit right whatever you do.
5:25 How to use this lick as in intro for a blues in any key. Here I’ll show you a simple and easy way to figure out where to start your intro lick so you can use it in other keys as well. You can use your E shape barre chord to figure it out – see demo in video!
7:14 Blues Intro Bonus tip! You can use a little vibrato on the intro lick to give it a bluesy ‘Red House’ effect. It also sounds a bit like it’s being played with a slide. You don’t have to use this, but sometimes you might find it useful to know.