Watch the Mr. James' Jam online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from 30 Beginner Slide Blues Guitar Licks You MUST Know
This lick is named "Mr. James' Jam" in honor of the legendary blues guitarist, singer, and slide player, Elmore James. This is our first lick to be played to a backing track, which is a slow blues in the key of E played with a 12/8 feel. For demonstration purposes, I play exactly the same lick repeatedly. This lick is a two-bar phrase, played six times (six times two equals 12, which covers the 12-bar length of the example). On beats one, two, and three, the top two strings are sounded simultaneously by sliding up to the 12th fret with the slide. Beat four features a phrase that moves down to the second string and then back to the first string, and then the lick is resolved on beat one of the second bar of the lick with a slide up to the major third, G#, at the 12th fret of the third string, followed by an E root note, sounded at the 12th fret of the fourth string. Once again, be sure to stop the strings from ringing after they have been struck so those notes will note sustain into the subsequent notes.