3 Sophisticated Melodic Blues Licks Part 1


Ok, so the backing track isn’t really traditional 12-bar Blues, but the licks therein could be described as bluesy. These 3 licks primarily use arpeggios, to help you see fresh possibilities for your playing and to make your solos potentially more melodic. Arpeggios can be integrated into your Blues solos without abandoning the blues feel completely. It’s worth noting that arpeggios have several notes in common with the Blues Scales of that key, and when you think of them this way they’re easier to learn than they first appear.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s going on:

Lick 1

This phrase begins by ascending a D Minor arpeggio, then for the second half reverts to a bluesier feel which keeps it from sounding too ‘worked out’.

Lick 2

D Minor and A Minor triads ascend through the first bar, followed by the D Blues Scale for two bars, before ‘spelling out’ the C chord in the fourth bar.

Lick 3

This phrase begins with a D Blues Scale idea, with a C Major triad during the last two bars. The triad shares two notes with the C blues scale – C and G.

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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Play along with the backing track:

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3 Sophisticated Melodic Blues Licks Part 1

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