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

A large part of becoming a good player and improviser is about expanding your vocabulary. This is true for every genre of music, but let's talk blues. Some people feel that Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan or Albert King were playing as if the gods were speaking through them. Well, OK they do sound like that, but I'm sure they would have a different take on it if you asked them. I am sure they would tell you that they learned solos from other people and practiced their butts off. Although they were improvising at that moment, the licks they were playing are based on licks, patterns and ideas they have in their musical vocabulary and they were simply drawing on them. That is not to say they aren't masters of the instrument and unique. My point is; learn as many licks as you can! What I tried to do is supply you with 50 Blues Licks You Must Know that will expand your vocabulary and make you a better player. Poke around and start with the ones that jump out at you, get them under your fingers and go to the next. Let's get started!