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Watch the Blues in E: online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Slow Blues Power

This first instructional segment is a slow blues played in the key of E, and in this lesson I am focusing on the lower portion of the fretboard and utilizing a lot of open strings in the licks and phrases. One of the great things about playing blues on the guitar in the key of E—and a prime reason why it is a key that is so favored by blues guitarists—is that every one of the open strings sounds a pitch that is a part of the E minor pentatonic scale (E G A B D), the primary scale used for soloing within the blues idiom.