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Watch the Inner Tension online guitar lesson by Matthieu Brandt from 50 Jump Blues Licks You MUST Know

Many blues players are satisfied with wailing up and down the fretboard, playing licks that disregard the logic that lies beneath a 12 bar blues progression. This inner logic is a simple principle - formula if you will - that will give your solos a solid backbone. You will follow the internal harmonic progression more closely by incorporating this principle in your solos. You will move with the chords in a logical way. The formula: when you are moving from the I chord to the IV chord the major third of the I chord in your solo wants to move down to the flatted seventh of the IV chord. On top of that the flatted seventh of the I chord wants to move down to the major third of the IV chord.