One of the most important things to keep in mind when you’re learning new blues licks is to first figure out what scale pattern is being used. Once you know that, then you can start transposing those blues licks into other keys… because let’s face it – nobody plays only in a single key! You must learn how to transpose your blues licks in order to be a versatile guitar player.
Blues Licks & Shifting Scale Patterns
The second stage after you’ve transposed the blues licks is to shift them into entirely new scale patterns! Identify which notes are being played and then find that same note elsewhere on your fretboard, and shift it into a new scale pattern. Learning your guitar scales is an important prerequisite to learning blues licks, because all blues licks come out of a scale! Therefore, once you understand what scale is being used for those particular blues guitar riffs, you’ll be far more likely to adapt it for use elsewhere in your guitar playing.
The third stage, after you’ve learned how to transpose the blues licks you’ve learned, is to experiment with your tone – even try playing them on an acoustic guitar (or electric, if you started out on acoustic), try playing them clean, or with distortion, just to hear what they sound like in different tones. You might be surprised how they turn out! So without further ado, have fun learning the blues licks in the lessons below!