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Watch the Classic Minor Blues online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Blues Guitar Survival Guide - Lead

Here is a classic minor blues in the style of The Thrill is Gone by BB King. Here I am really playing up bends, dynamics, and chord tones. I am outlining the sound of the chord changes via bending one note chord tone to another. These bends allow us to add another emotional level to our playing. There are so many great players who do this and two that were my mentors are David Gilmour and Jeff Beck. These two are steeped in the blues and are masters of controlled bends. From them I learned how I could get "inside" a note by bending to that pitch I want rather than fretting it. So please go back to the bends section of the Essential Concepts to really tighten up your bends.