As I started going through this particular lick for today’s lesson, I realized there are actually at least 3 cool things going on that are important:

1 – The patterns, and how looking at the patterns of notes is SO much easier than remembering the actual notes, one at a time (which is almost impossible.)

2 – The really slick way Albert Collins switches between the minor and major blues scales by pivoting on the root, just like I’ve showed you.

3 – The rhythm for the first 3 notes is quirky and a little tricky… which means it’s well worth your time because it sounds really cool.

And we can add in noticing the C# that comes in during the A7 chord so you know where this lick can work… and where it can’t.

All good things, so take your time and maybe watch this more than once to take it all in.

Depending on what you got out of this video, you might also dig:

How To Improvise Blues Solos (better known as how to tear licks apart and put them back together again) –

Major/Minor Blues Shapes (switching between the major and minor blues sounds all over the neck) –

The All Access Pass (you can try it for $1) –


    5 replies to "Look For Patterns In Licks"

    • george bourbeau

      griff love your riffs.

    • Blair

      Sure wish that you would have posted up the Tab on this one… so that it is easy to capture and print out…. Just a thought going forwards –

      • Pete

        Blair, if you’ve got a laptop there, press ‘print screen’ when it comes up during the vid. Then go to Paint in your programs and paste the screen. You have the music and the tab to put where you want.

    • TSGordon

      I dig me some vintage Albert Collins for sure, mates!

    • Tom

      I notice those patterns slot. You can see them in the turn around in crossroads by Cream.

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