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Showing Revision 2 created 12/18/2012 by dphoebus.

  1. Okay, we've covered an awful lot of ground
    in this little blues course.
  2. It's really important that you practice the right things
    to make the most of your practice time
  3. and to make sure
    that you really digest this information.
  4. So, what should you be doing?
  5. Well, the first thing that needs to go
    into your practice schedule
  6. is to learn the licks.
  7. Of course you need to learn the scale positions as well :
    they go around the licks
  8. but definitely knowing the licks for each position
    is really important.
  9. So it's worth practicing each one up.
  10. Really working on trying to make it sound good.
  11. Not just getting the notes right
  12. but thinking about how loud and soft
    you pick the notes.
  13. The whole dynamic feel of it,
    whether you really give it some aggression,
  14. or whether it's soft and delicate,
    that kind of thing.
  15. That makes a huge difference to the way
    people can project through their playing.
  16. So, learning your licks,
    getting the licks down right,
  17. is the first thing
    that you should be worried about.
  18. The next thing is making sure that you use them.
  19. Now what I recommend for all of my students
    is that you use a backing track.
  20. Now, if you're lucky enough to be in a band
    and you can practice using the licks with a band
  21. then that's the best thing ever
    but not everyone has that luxury,
  22. so a backing track is a pretty close second.
  23. Now, there's backing tracks available
    from my site, including a couple of free ones,
  24. so use those.
    There's plenty around on the Internet
  25. so just look about and find yourself
    some backing tracks to jam to.
  26. It's really important.
  27. The ones that you'll get from my site
    are 5 minute long,
  28. which is a good amount of time
    to practice one lick.
  29. Now I did talk about this in an earlier lesson,
    in Blues Lead Guitar, Volume One
  30. but just to reiterate it here,
    take one lick that I've given you
  31. and use it as many different times,
  32. as many different ways as you can
    for a whole five minutes.
  33. What you'll find is that after the first minute
  34. you've used everyway
    that you can possibly think of to play the lick.
  35. And that way you'll start really pushing your boundaries
    of the ways that you can use that lick.
  36. It's also worth, within that five minutes,
  37. maybe towards the last part of it,
    the last minute or so,
  38. linking up with some other licks
    that you already know from that position.
  39. So you can sit there and go from one lick
    and then smoothly into another lick
  40. and then back to the first lick or whatever.
    Letting them blend.
  41. Because what you don't want is to have:
  42. Here's the licks that you've learned on this DVD
    or from wherever else,
  43. and when you play, it's got nothing to do
    with that collection of licks.
  44. You have to try and blend them
    in to your playing
  45. so that they naturally just come out
    whenever you play your pentatonic.
  46. That's kind of the point.
  47. As well as doing that,
    you might want to add to your playing schedule,
  48. after you've done all of these individual licks
    in individual positions
  49. would be linking positions and practicing
    moving from one place to another place
  50. and using those slides to join them together
    or shifts or using the same note.
  51. A good idea is just to pick one specific thing
    and practice that.
  52. So, either practice moving from one position
    to another position that's right next door
  53. or, practice jumping from one end of the neck
    to the other end of the neck
  54. and back to the middle somewhere,
    really jumping around a lot.
  55. But really trying to find the thing,
    it is that you're going to practice
  56. and then work on that one thing
    over and over.
  57. Okay, now, the other really, really big question
    that people have is
  58. "You've taught me loads of stuff
    about playing in the key of A
  59. but I want to play in other keys too."
  60. Actually, you have to play in other keys
    and it's really, really important.
  61. But the reason that I taught you
    everything in the key of A is so that
  62. you really start to understand each position.
  63. Now, once you can play,
    for example, position one.
  64. You've learned your licks
    in position one in the key of A
  65. and you've done your homework
    and you've really got it sounding good.
  66. Now, if you want to move that to the key of C,
    all you need to do is move the root note.
  67. And this is why I keep going on all the time,
    through all my lessons,
  68. about the importance
    of knowing which note is the root note.
  69. Because all you have to do
    is to move that root note to the note of your new key
  70. and you've got your new scale.
  71. For example, position one in A
    was around the 5th fret.
  72. If you wanted to play in C,
  73. you simply move that whole bunch of stuff
    up to the 8th fret
  74. because the root note for the key of C is the note C,
    8th fret, 6th string.
  75. And then you can play
    all of your position one licks.
  76. You'll find that a little bit weird at first
  77. because you've been playing so much
    in the key of A.
  78. So what you want to start again with
    is just playing position one.
  79. Get use to playing position one
    in your new key.
  80. When you feel confident with that,
    maybe try going from position one up into position two,
  81. back to position one, up to position two,
    back to position one,
  82. and start to see
    that they kind of link together.
  83. And because you've already done it
    in the key of A
  84. you will find it quite easy, I'm sure,
    to link through all your different positions
  85. if you've done your homework
    in the key of A well enough.
  86. Which I'm hoping you will have done.
  87. Other things we need to talk about quickly :
    new licks.
  88. I've given you a bunch of licks
    but Eric Clapton certainly didn't learn licks from a DVD
  89. by some weird Tasmanian guy
    who teaches via the Internet.
  90. You learn licks from records.
  91. The sooner you get transcribing
    and listening to your favorite BB King
  92. or Eric Clapton
    or whoever you like's album
  93. and trying to work out their licks.
    That's what you should be doing.
  94. That is the real way to learn to play blues guitar
    and there's no substitute for it.
  95. I've given you a really good course
    that I think will help you on your way
  96. but you need to transcribe things.
  97. There's no question,
    you must do that
  98. if you want to end up being
    even a competent guitar player,
  99. (it) has to be transcribing stuff.
  100. Now to help you with that, I have a product,
    which I'm not saying you have to buy
  101. you can be using your own CDs like Clapton CDs
    or whatever if you like but I've got this thing,
  102. this really useful blues solos pack
    where I recorded five different solos
  103. in the style of five different guitar players
    and they progressively get harder
  104. and they use a mixture of the different pentatonic scales
    and they're full of licks.
  105. I picked each guitar player's
    (twenty, whatever) favorite licks
  106. and then squashed them all into a new solo,
    made a backing track and recorded it.
  107. So I've made sure
    they're pretty straight-forward to transcribe
  108. and you get the tabs as well
    so after you've transcribed it,
  109. like worked it out by ear yourself,
    you can then check it against my transcription
  110. and make sure that everything's okay.
  111. So, that's a really, really important thing
    that you do next is work on your own licks.
  112. Mega, mega important.
  113. One last thing, there is another note
    that you will find crops up quite a lot in blues,
  114. In the key of A, this is the note C#.
  115. And the reason this note is there
    is because it comes from an A7 chord.
  116. but whenever you use that note particularly,
    it only fits over the A7 chord
  117. and in a blues, hopefully
    you remember that it's got the chords A, D and E.
  118. Or A7, D7 and E7.
  119. Any licks that use the note C#
    only sound good over the A chord.
  120. So the reason they're not covered here
  121. is because these things,
    they're called chord specific licks,
  122. and they're going to get covered
    in Advanced Blues Lead Guitar
  123. which will be coming to you very soon.
  124. So, don't stress about that.
    If you want a quick snippet of what I'm talking about
  125. you might like to check out a series of videos
    on my web site called 'Jazz up your blues'
  126. which talks about this concept a bit
    and gives you an introduction to the use of arpeggios
  127. which is a very cool thing to do.
  128. Well I hope you've enjoyed this series
    of blues lead guitar lessons.
  129. Be it on the DVD or if you've watched it on Youtube
    or through the web site.
  130. I really hope that it helps expand your blues playing
  131. and takes you to new, and cool, and hip places
    that you never thought you'd go to before.
  132. I've seen many of my private students
    really progress
  133. from being complete beginners
    in the lead guitar department
  134. to really doing
    some pretty good quality solos.
  135. It's all about the licks.
  136. Okay, take care of yourselves,
    and I will see you again for another lesson real soon.
  137. Bye bye.