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Watch the Open String Bliss online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from 50 Blues Guitar Licks You MUST Know

Open string licks are essential to guitar, not only in the blues but rock and country. The open Em blues is a guitarists dream because it allows us to use all of the open strings and go crazy with hammer ons and pull offs. To get a bit of a darker sound I have played up the b5 also known as the blue note. This note adds a degree of dissonance to the lick. Check out “Baby Please Don't Go” especially the more rocking versions by AC/DC and Aerosmith to really hear the b5 at work.