In the guitar community, when Jon Mayer speaks… a whole lot of folks listen 🙂
Now, maybe you’re a fan, and maybe you’re not, but Jon’s a great player and if you’ve never heard him really dig in and play some blues, I encourage you to do some YouTube searches and find some examples.
Recently, he took to the Instagram and did a lesson, of sorts, that seemed to set the internet all a flutter…
So I watched it… and wouldn’t you know, it’s something I’ve talked about for years 😉
First, here’s his video, skip ahead about 5 minutes and watch a little… it’s a little jumpy, and if you’re not fairly comfortable with blues soloing it’ll be tough to follow, but I think you’ll get the idea:
What he’s talking about is a concept that I call “left facing” and “right facing” patterns that revolve around root notes. Here’s is the concept as I teach it, this video is from 2014, but it’s still just as relevant today as it was the day I made it:
Now, I will admit, that Jon talks a little bit more about migrating your licks to these other options when it comes to playing your scales. If you’ve comfortable with that, it’s a great idea, but most people aren’t that comfortable looking at their scales in this way, so get that going first. Once you’ve done that, trying out your licks in different patterns will make sense.