April 19, 2013

Shredding with Semeron: Quick Lick #1 Shredding the Blues

Welcome to another installment of Shredding with Semeron! This week I’m going to show you a quick blues lick in E.

Here’s the lick!

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Theory

This lick uses the E Blues scale, listed below.

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The Blues Scale (1, b3, 4, b5, 5, b7) is a technically a minor scale, but this sort of blues lick can work over E major situations as well. This lick uses string bending, legato (hammerons and pulloffs), and vibrato. It is sort of a Joe Satriani meets Jimi Hendrix sort of blues lick that works great in a hard rock or metal context. If you’re playing a slower blues or something more laid back, simply play it slower, or chop it up and uses smaller bits of it.

Have fun, practice slowly and accurately (building your speed up), and let me know what you think!

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