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Watch the Let's Start Here online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Blues Guitar 5: Lick Lexicon

Let's Start Here - I Chord: Lick #1 is a video guitar lesson presented by Corey Congilio and is sourced from Solo Factory: Texas Blues.


Here's a basic lick in pattern one of the A minor pentatonic scale. One of the concepts I teach my beginning blues improvising students is to think root. The root (A in this case) is a safe place to begin or end a lick. It just has to sound good! What better way to build confidence in soloing than starting out with a lick you know will sound great right off the bat. Seek out the roots and try to move this (and all forthcoming licks) to all positions of the pentatonic scale. This lick starts with pickup notes into the root note A on the 4th string 7th fret. It stays almost strictly pentatonic until we get to the double stop on bar 3. The double stop riff adds an F# (6th degree of A) and an Eb (b5) to our normal pentatonic box shape. This lick is melodic and not too difficult so, seems like a good place to start!