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TUESDAY BLUES #178
If you never picked up a guitar in your life, you'd swear that some blues was pretty easy to pull off. The sound isn't complicated, especially when a true master of the craft is playing the part.
I really think that the two licks we cover in this lesson fit this mold. They don't sound inherently difficult, but there's more than meets the eye....or ear :-)
LICK #1 - Walkin' Blues
The first lick that we cover is from the intro to Walkin' Blues and there are a couple of parts of this lick that will help improve your slide playing. First, there's those quick brush up triplets that suddenly shift into single notes. Then, there's a huge position shift that Mr. Johnson seems to tackle with ease.
LICK #2 - Come on in my Kitchen
This is one of my favorite Robert Johnson moments. That little lick he plays right after delivering the lyric, "It's goin' to be rainin' outdoors". The way he plays it is so natural. A casual listener would never know the technique needed to nail this lick especially with it's single note stabs that come out of no where.
Practice these two licks and focus on nailing them completely and you'll find your slide game improving. This is the awesome intersection (or crossroads) where learning songs and improving technique meet.
Good luck and as always...
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