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Blues Lead Guitar #20 - Putting it all together

The Blues Guitar Lessons

Now it's time to make some music out of all of this stuff!

So now you have all the 5 Patterns down and your licks in each one. So what to do now?

1. Make sure that you have the licks down and can experiment with each one and make it sound good - and make it your own. Practice working them in, until you can play all over the neck and have a lick in every position.

2. Use backing tracks to practice using your licks (or a band if you have one). I have a free backing track from Really Useful Play Along Tracks - or you can buy Jam Blues which is a collection of 12 tracks for you to jam your blues with! This is also included in the Blues Lead Guitar Box Set.

3. Work on using ONE lick for a whole five minute backing track and then next session try and mix that lick in with ones that you know already. That is the best way to blend them into your vocabulary.

4. Linking positions is another thing that you might want to add to your practice routine, working on one specific technique and making the most of it. There are examples on the linking licks lesson - start there and then experiment.

5. Once you are cool in the Key of A, you need to start moving your scales and licks into other keys. This is simply moving the ROOT NOTES of the scales to the new key. It will be pretty strange when you start but remember to start easy. Just play your position 1 licks in the new key, once you have that down, then, maybe link positions 1 and 2. then add 3... etc.

6. New licks? The best source for new licks is YOUR favourite artist. Please, please, please get into TRANSCRIBING. It is the way to learn blues guitar. You can use the Really Useful Blues Solos set and that will help you develop your transcribing skills, because they start easy and get harder, and you get the transcriptions too, so you can check your work!

More lessons coming up in a new series, called Advanced Blues Lead Guitar, which will cover more advanced topics and explain making the chord changes... ;)

Hope this has helped - take care and good luck! J

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Please check out my Blues products :) they're real good!

Justinguitar Beginners Songbook

Solo Blues Guitar

This DVD collection will teach you 9 Blues arrangements for Solo guitar where you will play a melody and a rhythm element together or alternately, so they work as complete pieces! They're all great fun and start very simple (beginner) and get right into pretty tricky alternating bass lines!

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Justinguitar Beginners Songbook

Really Useful Blues Solos

This download (mp3 and pdf) contains 5 tracks in the styles of Clapton, Hendrix, Albert King, SRV and Chuck Berry for you to learn. I've extracted their most common licks for you to transcribe yourself - however you get full transcriptions to check against too. Old School transcribing made easier.

Instant Download Really Useful Blues Solos here

Justinguitar Beginners Songbook

Blues Lead Guitar Solos

This is a paper book contains detailed transcriptions of 18 of my favourite Blues lead solos - with tips on how to play them and some harmonic analysis. If you getting into the blues you'll find this a LOT of fun, they're not 'in the style of', these are the real deal - see the songlist in the store!

Check out Solo Blues Guitar in

Justinguitar Beginners Songbook

Jam Blues 1

Check out my awesome backing track collection - loads of fun blues to jam along with, I play rhythm guitar my pal Dave Marks plays bass and produces - so come jam with us! also available on iTunes,

Instant Download Jam Blues 1 here

Justinguitar Beginners Songbook

Jam Blues 2

The first volume was so popular (and so much fun) we made another one! :) also available on iTunes!

Instant Download Jam Blues 2 here




Lesson ID: BL-030