Blues Lick #7: Robben Ford
Lick the Blues with a phrase from one of the Grand Masters of the blues
Robben Ford is certainly one of the finest modern blues players around.
This lick shows his creative use of the Minor Penatonic, nothing more harmonically complex than usual but really interesting note combinations, which are new but retain the blues feel.
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Getting The Sound
For this lick I'm using a Fender Telecaster guitar (1966) into a Fender Super Champ (old valve one from 1983 designed by Rivera, not the current model) recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone.
Robben more commonly uses Gibson guitars with humbuckers but well, my tele was feeling unloved and hadn't made it into this blues series so I thought I'd give her a run with the Robben licks! ;)
To get the sound I used the bridge pickup, with the volume and tone on full.
'Exact settings' even if you have the same amp and guitar will probably not sound exactly the same... My settings (to use as a starting point): Volume 6, Treble 7, Bass 8, Reverb 3, Lead N/A, Master Volume 3.
To try and get close to Robbens tone I use a Hermida "Zen Drive" pedal with the following settings: Vol 10', Gain 2', Tone 1', Voice 12' (clock settings).
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