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Nothing fancy here, just my favorite acoustic blues guitar lick.
When you play by yourself, it’s cool to switch back and forth between a nice slow “blues in E” feel and then have a good lick to use in there with it.
This one works perfectly and you can use it over and over without it getting stale.
Many sources say that the blue notes are just a small third and a small seventh, played over the seventh chord.
Guitarists are in a good situation, they can pull up the strings to give a blues hue to the sounds they play.
I mentioned earlier that the third and seventh are the basic blue notes. Are there any other? Well, as the blues have evolved and merged with jazz and Western music, more attention has been paid to yet another blues shade – the fifth reduced. Molecular pentatonics supplemented by a fifth quart creates a blues scale.
The reduced fifth makes the sound elegant and sophisticated, therefore it should be used with moderation. After all, the bluesman lives not alone with champagne and caviar.
The secret to blue notes is that you can play them over any of the blues progression chords. You just have to remember that each time the chord changes, their role changes and the other components in the chord are underlined. Blues musicians use it by playing similar or even the same phrases throughout the blues triad. Then changes in chords make the same phrase appear in a new context.