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Watch the Big Bottom online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Essentials: Blues Rock Grooves Vol. 2

Here's another 24-bar blues similar to "Painful Memory" from earlier in this course. That wasn't done by design, they're both just cool tunes. The tutorial is pretty self-explanatory, and will take some time as there are few riffs in here to work through.

In the video, I'll talk about tweaking your flatted third of your minor pentatonic scale. I go on at length about this, and pretty much every course I've with TrueFire for good reason! Essentially we're implying a dominant seventh chord which contains a natural third. A minor pentatonic scale contains a flat of the third, therefore creating the clash between the note and the chord. This clash actually sounds pretty cool in a bluesy situation, and in fact it's that clash that make something sound bluesy. To really make it sound pro, we need to bend the flat third a little bit and allude to the natural third. The trick is to keep the note in motion as you go into your next pitch. If you stop the bend, the note can just sound out of tune.

In Eric Clapton's autobiography, he doesn't talk much about music, although there is a paragraph where he discusses this very technique and how long it took him to get it where he was happy with it. It's one of the best pieces of advice I can give to you—really fine tune this nuance in your playing.