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How to Play an Easy (But Super Slick) Piedmont Blues Lick

Lesson ID: TB018

Easy Piedmont Blues Lick

Sometimes the sweetest sounding licks sound harder than they really are.  This is one of those licks.

In this lesson, we’ll take a close look at one of my all time favorite Piedmont Blues licks. The most interesting thing about this lick is certainly the use of the Eb note which is the flat 3rd of the C chord (2nd string, 4th fret). It’s such a bluesy note and because the rest of the progression is very ‘major’ sounding, this one note adds such a statement to this lick.

It’s truly incredible how just one well placed note like this can take your licks to new places.

On top of being fun to play and very interesting sounding, this lick is super useful especially as a technique to connect the F chord to the C chord in a blues progression.

Check out the video for a full example of just how useful this lick is.

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