3 Fast Open String Blues Licks

At 200 BPM, these licks are very fast, and so I’ve put them in the Advanced category. It’s easy to imagine SRV playing these licks, just listen to Scuttle Buttin’ and you’ll know what I mean. Try and make the strings ring out as much as possible for maximum shrillness. All the licks are based on the E Blues Scale, so there’s nothing complicated going on here as far as theory goes.

I’d say that the 2nd lick is the hardest because of string skipping, but something that helped me was anchoring the second finger throughout that part.

For an explanation on the advantages and peculiarities of Open String playing, click here.

As always, below the YouTube video you’ll find the backing track to play along with, and below that, the tablature. Aren’t I nice?!

Feel free to ask questions or just share your thoughts in the comments!

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3 Fast Open String Blues Licks

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