Watch the Lick Vocabulary 2 online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Progressive Blues Power

A good way to begin building up your lick vocabulary using the E blues scale in second position is to focus on the low strings first, as I do in the first series of examples. In these examples, the index finger is barred at the second fret to sound notes on the D and A strings. As the licks progress, I incorporate the higher strings more and more, but usually return to the index finger barre across the A and D strings to facilitate moving quickly through the riffs.

A great exercise is to try playing licks starting from each note in the scale, as I do in the second series of licks. Remember to keep the fret hand relaxed and strive for smooth performance as well as rhythmic freedom.