In this video, courtesy of PremierGuitar, Joe Bonamassa talks about his new album Dust Bowl, and the ’59 Les Paul he’s been grabbing for a few songs a night. He also briefly describes the amps and pedalboards he is using for his own tour, and with Black Country Communion.
If you haven’t heard of Joe Bonamassa, he has managed to position himself atop a pretty substantial crop of Blues/Rock guitar players. Having #1 albums on itunes, and sharing the Royal Albert Hall stage with Eric Clapton has done a lot to solidify that standing. But of course, none of it would happen with some killer blues chops which Joe has in spades.
Check out the video, and notice about 15 seconds in when Joe plays a pretty standard blues lick. Just for fun I wrote it out and put it below the video.
Now here’s the lick I referred to:
Pay careful attention to the grace note (2nd fret, 3rd string, the little number in the TAB) and how it slides without picking up to the 4th fret and then slides back down to the 2. Also make sure to play this in a swing feel. It’s in the key of E and comes right out of the E minor pentatonic/blues scale.
And just for fun, if you haven’t seen Joe play much, here’s a great video of him playing “Breakin’ Up Somebody’s Home” with Gov’t Mule led by another great guitar player, Warren Haynes.
There’s also a free download available (with an email address) from http://www.jbonamassa.com/dustbowl