Want to learn guitar scales fast? Well …playing up and down them like most players do is not the way to do it! In this lesson you’ll discover 3 powerful and simple scale practice exercises to learn your scales fast…and more importantly be able to use them when you play.
Imagine if you could learn the essential guitar scales fast…instead of spending hours playing them up and down. Well there are some ways that you can, but we’re not normally shown them. Instead we often play them round and round with the notes in the exact same order every time. Problem is you’re not going to use them like that when you solo and jam!
0:20 Just playing up and down doesn’t help you learn scales fast! It’s also got nothing to do with how we use them when we play. You need some different ways to practice themif you want to nail those guitar scales fast!
0:55 Scale exercise #1: The ‘Random Note Exercise’
1:25 Scale Exercise #2; The ‘One Note Per String Exercise’
1:58 Scale Exercise #3: The ‘Pivot Exercise’
In this blues licks lesson you’ll learn 7 blues licks you need to know from the playing of blues guitar legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, BB King, Eric Clapton and others. All these licks are played in the key of A and are using the A minor pentatonic scale. Let’s look at blues lick 1
0:46 Blues Lick 1. If there was ever a must know blues lick then this is probably it! It’s used by all the blues guitar greats like Eric Clapton, SRV, Albert King etc and is a powerful lick to begin your blues solos with.
2:06 Blues Lick 2. This lick is borrowed from Stevie Ray Vaughan and is a lick he loved to play. Listen to his album Texas Flood to here licks like this used a lot.
3:14 Blues Lick 3. Albert King is an influential blues player and this lick is the kind of thing he used to play in his blues solos. Check out the bending tips in this lick too…you’ll need them to get your bends sounding like Alberts!
4:54 Blues Lick 4. Eric Clapton’s playing with Cream inspired this next blues lick. It’s packed full of tasty blues bends and curls.
7:08 Blues Lick 5. This Stevie Ray Vaughan style lick uses the sliding blues scale shape. Definitely check out these bends and slides in this scale pattern. They’re incredibly useful, versatile, and can add a lot to your blues solos.
8:25 Blues Lick 6. A classic BB King style lick here making use of a tasty double stop move. This is adding the 6th into our pentatonic scale (7th fret B string) giving us a ‘sweeter’ sound characteristic of BB’s guitar style.
10: 12 Blues Lick 7. British blues legends Eric Clapton and Peter Green used licks like this in their landmark solos. Some tasty double stop slides here coming from the sliding blues scale plus a cool pre-bend move.. Experiment with these they can sound great in your blues solos.
12:08 Once you know these blues licks be sure to practice using them in your solos. Also move them into other keys to you can use them in any blues setting.
In this BB King quick licks lesson you’ll learn a cool minor blues lick like something BB plays in ‘The Thrill Is Gone’. It’s typical of many BB King’s licks with it’s use of space, economy of notes and the sliding blues scale. Check out the recording of ‘The Thrill Is Gone’ to hear BB play licks like this and to get an overall picture of the classic BB King guitar style. Check out the other BB King licks in this video series too. Enjoy!
In this BB King quick licks lesson you’ll learn a great blues turnaround lick using ‘jazzy’ 9th chords similar to what BB King might play. It’s the perfect way to round off your blues solos and is shown here in the key of G. Although BB didn’t play chords very often, this example shows you how to work them into your BB King style licks if you want to. Look out for more BB King licks coming very soon in my Quick Licks video series. Enjoy!
In this BB King quick licks lesson you’ll learn a tasty blues lick from the master of soulful blues guitar. It’s showing off some of BB’s favourite blues soloing devices including the ‘minor to major 3rd move’, mixing up notes from the minor and major pentatonic scales and a cool, funky BB King style double stop (works great in blues solos!). Enjoy!