In this guitar lesson I’ll show you step by step how to play three essential minor pentatonic blues licks which you can use to spice up your blues solos
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Minor Pentatonic Blues Licks – 3 Must Know Licks
Learn 3 great minor pentatonic blues guitar licks in the styles of masters like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and others. Learn the guitar scale shape these pentatonic blues licks come from,how to play them and pick up loads of performance and playing tips to help you take your blues guitar soloing to the next level.
Here’s a breakdown of what you learn in this video:
0:14 Introduction. Hear me jam over a 12 bar blues in A using some pentatonic blues licks like the ones you’ll learn in this guitar lesson.
0:42 How to play A minor pentatonic scale using 2 different scale patterns as used in these licks. I’m going to explain and demonstrate the scale shape to help you get to grips with this crucially important rock and blues guitar scale. Complete with description and fingering guidelines.
2:33 Lick 1 – An essential but pretty easy minor pentatonic blues lick which you can easily slot into your playing. Notice how it makes use of blues guitar tricks like the ‘blues curl’ and ‘choked off’ bends for an authentic blues sound. It’s using both of the minor pentatonic scale shapes I showed you earlier in this lesson.
6:10 Lick 2 – This cool blues lick is using the first A minor pentatonic scale shape and sounds great over a 12 bar blues sequence. This lick will teach you some blues guitar touches like semitone bends . Pay attention for some of the left hand fingering tips I talk about in this lick.
8:24 Lick 3 – This lick starts up in the higher part of the 2nd minor pentatonic scale shape I showed you. Notice the use of little blues style hammer ons and the super greasy blues slide in this lick. Take the lick and start experimenting with it so you get good at using the bits of it it in your blues playing. This will help you create pentatonic blues licks of your own.
11:54 How to approach learning these pentatonic blues licks and how to practice them so you can start making up your own ideas. These licks are very versatile and will work all over a 12 bar blues but you need to experiment to get the most out of them.