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Bread and Butter Blues Licks Series 1

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Now that we have all three positions ready, we can put them together. We'll play them over a simple 12 bar blues progression.

Play the A lick once, then immediately play the D lick. This is a neat variation on the 12 bar blues that uses the IV chord for the second measure, but returns to the I chord for the next two measures. Let's repeat the A lick three times quickly, before holding the last bend. This will build a little more variety, tension and drama to our playing.

Now over to the IV chord, play the D lick twice. Back to the I chord, play the A lick three times quickly, again holding the last bend. Now we are ready for teh V and IV chords, play the E and D positions once each, followed by the A lick, followed by the E lick. This is the end of the 12 bar progression and it's time to start over.

The next time through let's change the turnaround, the last two measures this time.

Start with the A lick, but then play chromatically down from the bend: G, F-sharp, F, E. Finally play a D, D-sharp and E. Now you are ready to start over. In the backing track play along, I'll play each variation on the 12 bar progression twice. I'll play it with all licks the first time through, then the second time I'll play it with licks, but using the descending turnaround. Then I'll go back to all licks. Finally, I'll play it with licks and descending turnaround the last time.

The backing track starts with a high hat count-in. But, you have to be ready to play on the 3rd beat, so get ready to jump in there!

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