Watch the Licks To Riffs Guidebook: Blues online guitar lesson by Ton van Bergeijk from Licks to Riffs Guidebook: Blues

Hi, I'm Ton van Bergeijk. This is the Licks To Riffs Guidebook: The Blues Edition. I've always found licks played on other instruments a great source of inspiration for the guitar. Pianists like Jimmy Yancey or James Booker are at the top of my list. For strong riffs, I look at the great riff orchestras: Count Basie, Al Cooper, and then there's T-Bone Walker, Louis Jordan, Allen Toussaint...the list for "riff"-spiration is endless.

Our aim in this course is to get the most out of our licks by changing just one or more notes to fit other chords. In this way, the lick becomes a versatile riff. In the first part of this course, we'll learn what you need to do to make a lick fit over the three chords in a standard blues progression. We'll learn how to barbershop a lick to turn it into a riff. Then, we'll see how easy it is to make changes to that lick for a jazz blues.

In the second part, I'll play you some of my favourite licks turned into riffs. We'll have a look at turning piano licks into riffs, and there're also some great orchestra riffs. All these licks can be played fingerstyle or with a pick. Getting the most out of the lick; that's our aim. Get that last drop out of the bottle, squeeze that lemon dry! All these riffs come with tabs, backing tracks, and text descriptions to help you study.

In the next course, we'll have an in depth look at "licks to riffs" in jazz blues as well as rhythm changes. Let's start riffing!

P.S. The guitar I used for this course is a 1932 Epiphone Masterbuilt De Luxe, kindly lent to my by The Dutch Archtop Guitar Museum.