Larry Carlton’s Blues Guitar Motifs

This guitar lesson is likely responsible for more blues guitar epiphanies than any other single guitar lesson on the planet. Larry Carlton shares insight and an ear-opening performance example for improvising blues solos with blues motifs off his 335 Blues course.

A short musical phrase or idea, a motif, can establish the foundation for an entire solo. This lesson illustrates how a solo can grow by working with a motif and then playing it in other positions, using other harmonies, and adding slight nuances. A good motif is like the first brick in a solid foundation. Put it in place and keep stacking bricks until you’ve built something beautiful. Of course, you don’t have to stay glued to one motif for an entire solo.

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