I Did This Blues Lick for 3 Minutes a Day (SEE MY RESULTS!)

If you try studying this lessons Blues lick for just 3 minutes using this excellent playing system I have here in this lesson you'll notice some big improvements take place very quickly!




Performing in position scale patterns as an "exercise" during your guitar practice time won't likely bring you the melodic soloing results that you're after.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I actually like practicing scales within a 4-5 fret range across all six strings. It is really excellent practice when it comes to building the scale patterns (especially when the goal is exclusively scale memorization).

The problem with only doing scale practice is that the focus can be misdirected as it often times gets put upon the scale pattern itself and not on the quality of the way the scale can be used to create melody lines.




Today we’re going to take a small section of a 4th-string root Blues scale pattern and we’re going to memorize it. Then, we’ll organize a Blues lick from out of it’s notes. And then, we’re going to expand upon that blues lick. But, the best part is I’ll show you how to do all of this within three minutes...





After that, we’ll run through a short-list of all of the “Excellent Playing” benefits that can come out of the result of doing this short /simple scale exercise - on a daily basis …So, let’s get right into the first idea to start with here – it’s a small section of a 4th-string root Blues scale in the key of “A.”


Example 1).
Blues Scale Pattern (4th string /seventh fret)





Example 2).
Basic guitar lick from the pattern


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Example 3).
Supplemental (expansion) of the lick



Exercise 4).
Taking the idea one step further


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BEYOND THE PATTERN:
The main thing to understand about what we’ve just done here is that when most guitar students learn a scale pattern they generally learn larger scale shapes that tend to cover the entire group of all six strings, (within a 4 to 5 fret range), on the guitar fingerboard.

After that, students often will become fixated on the scale layout as a fretting pattern only. In other words, they stop there without moving onto the next stage which is all about using the scale shape for creating melodic ideas.

This is the missing link and as you just noticed it doesn’t take very long to do. Within 3 minutes you can go from scale pattern to melodic phrase and even expand that phrase further, eventually reaching excellent skill levels with the scale.





CONCLUSION:
One of the things related to scale knowledge that I encounter a lot as a guitar instructor is that I’ll have a new student attend classes (with me here in the studio), and I’ll ask them – usually on their first lesson with me - “Do you know any scales?

Quite often the most common answer is, “Well, I used to know my scales, but I forgot them all.” The reason why is pretty much always the same.

It is generally because they never had the value stressed upon them of immediately moving the scale tones from being a geometrical pattern on the neck to being used musically, to create licks. If that did not happen, then there’s not much doubt of why the scale was forgotten.

When you learn a new scale map out the scale into manageable patterns on the neck and then study how you can use that scale shape to create melodies.

I promise that if you do that, you’ll not only get a collection of excellent guitar licks under your finger-tips, but you will NEVER forget the scale pattern on the guitar fingerboard!

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