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Re: Taking the first steps in Improvising / playing Blues Lead Guitar
« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2020, 08:03:04 am »
@DavidP Thanks ... it's my pleasure.

@brianlarsen Ha ha and thanks.

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I would say to anyone else in my position that you must watch the string bend lesson before trying any of the licks.
Such an important point and thanks for making it. I have edited and updated an early post to make the need to learn to bend more explicit.

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Hear, hear!
But bear in mind- watching the lesson is not enough ;)
Too true.

Good primer for first attempts at learning to play lead guitar, but if you are following someone else's riffs or tabs, it isn't improvisation. Take one or more of those tabs and change a few notes here and there and you will be improvising.
Thanks CT.
Again, as with the comment from sairfingers, I have gone back to amend a post and make clear that these licks need to be 'owned' by each person adding their own twist, spin, variation, extension, emphasis and attack.

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Re: Taking the first steps in Improvising / playing Blues Lead Guitar
« Reply #26 on: February 19, 2020, 08:59:25 am »
Make the lick say something. Nicely put.
Nice tutorial breakdown Close2u.
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Re: Taking the first steps in Improvising / playing Blues Lead Guitar
« Reply #27 on: February 19, 2020, 10:29:06 am »
.. 3-in-a-line, 4-in-a-line...
Hi close
Not sure what this means, could you please explain. Thanks.
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Re: Taking the first steps in Improvising / playing Blues Lead Guitar
« Reply #28 on: February 19, 2020, 10:40:12 am »
Not sure what this means, could you please explain. Thanks.
I had the same question, but then guessed it was just go up & down 3 notes (or 4, 5...) instead of the whole scale. Glad you asked though
Sounds like the bottom line is just keep playing all those notes all the time so your fingers go there automatically, then work on licks and variations- till they're automatic too  ::)
Let me know when you find the shortcut!

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Re: Taking the first steps in Improvising / playing Blues Lead Guitar
« Reply #29 on: February 19, 2020, 10:47:05 am »
Hi close
Not sure what this means, could you please explain. Thanks.
Will do - short on time just now.

I had the same question, but then guessed it was just go up & down 3 notes (or 4, 5...) instead of the whole scale. Glad you asked though

Not quite Brian.
Sorry to make it so you had to guess.
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Re: Taking the first steps in Improvising / playing Blues Lead Guitar
« Reply #30 on: February 19, 2020, 12:41:53 pm »
A Minor Pentatonic Scale practice Exercises


3-in-a-line

pdf of TAB

mp3 audio


4-in-a-line

pdf of TAB

mp3 audio

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Re: Taking the first steps in Improvising / playing Blues Lead Guitar
« Reply #31 on: February 19, 2020, 02:17:29 pm »
A Minor Pentatonic Scale practice Exercises
Thank for the explanation Richard. Is it reasonable to practice these licks without the string bends? I realise it’s the bends that make the ‘bluesy’ sound but it would be one less thing to learn at the moment!
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Re: Taking the first steps in Improvising / playing Blues Lead Guitar
« Reply #32 on: February 20, 2020, 10:08:08 am »
Lick 4.



https://soundcloud.com/mrclose2u/lick-4

Make this one speak.
I'm having difficulty stretching my 3rd finger to the 8th fret for the pull-off  :(
I know I should probably go to the finger-gym, but in the meantime, is it ok to pick the note with the plectrum, or will this just cause problems later down the line?

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Re: Taking the first steps in Improvising / playing Blues Lead Guitar
« Reply #33 on: February 20, 2020, 11:46:34 am »
Is it reasonable to practice these licks without the string bends? I realise it’s the bends that make the ‘bluesy’ sound but it would be one less thing to learn at the moment!
Gordon
@ Gordon
If you're struggling to bend then two things I would suggest ...
1] put string bending on your practice routine ... play the higher note then bend to the same note
2] make up some licks that don't involve bends ... you can use hammer-on, pull-off, sliding, double-stops etc to create some short expressive licks. Take them and use them as described above.

EDIT
Also - check this old Tips n Tricks thread I made ... bend the B string


I'm having difficulty stretching my 3rd finger to the 8th fret for the pull-off  :(
... is it ok to pick the note with the plectrum ... ?

@Brian - check this ...
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Next, learn a lick.

Mess around with the lick, vary it, extend it, shorten it, vary it again.
Make it yours.

« Last Edit: February 20, 2020, 04:18:22 pm by close2u »

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Re: Taking the first steps in Improvising / playing Blues Lead Guitar
« Reply #34 on: February 20, 2020, 10:27:54 pm »
@ Gordon
If you're struggling to bend then two things I would suggest ...
1] put string bending on your practice routine ... play the higher note then bend to the same note
2] make up some licks that don't involve bends ... you can use hammer-on, pull-off, sliding, double-stops etc to create some short expressive licks. Take them and use them as described above.

EDIT
Also - check this old Tips n Tricks thread I made ... bend the B string
Thanks for the tips Richard. The smoke on the water one is especially good. My heart’s in my mouth waiting for a string to break though!
My problem at the moment is trying to learn too many things at once. I spread myself thin and don’t progress as I should at anything.
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Re: Taking the first steps in Improvising / playing Blues Lead Guitar
« Reply #35 on: February 21, 2020, 10:24:21 pm »
Thanks Close, this looks like a great learning tool, above my level at the moment but I've bookmarked it!
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Re: Taking the first steps in Improvising / playing Blues Lead Guitar
« Reply #36 on: February 25, 2020, 09:58:34 am »
Lick 4.



Just curious why the second note is played on the 1st string 5th fret as opposed to just repeating the same note with the bent 2nd string?
Is this one of those things where it's fine to do whatever you find easiest, or just better to learn the above way?

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Re: Taking the first steps in Improvising / playing Blues Lead Guitar
« Reply #37 on: February 25, 2020, 12:24:15 pm »
@ Brian
Playing the equivalent note on an adjacent string having just bent to it offers a small but discernible change in tonal quality / character of the note.
That is the lick 'as shown'.
But the key ingredient is ...

... Mess around with the lick, vary it, extend it, shorten it, vary it again.
Make it yours.

Milk that lick for all it is worth until it is beginning to speak your words.

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Re: Taking the first steps in Improvising / playing Blues Lead Guitar
« Reply #38 on: February 25, 2020, 12:36:22 pm »
Playing the equivalent note on an adjacent string having just bent to it offers a small but discernible change in tonal quality / character of the note.
Haha, if I play a note on a bent string it offers a wildly variable (and discernible) change in tonal quality/character of the note ;)

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