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Blues Lick #4: T-Bone Walker

The Blues Guitar Lessons

Lick the Blues with a phrase from one of the Grand Masters of the blues

T-Bone Walker might not be as well known as some of the other blues masters but he was a big player! His influence was huge, we was the original rock n' roller, and incredible showman as well an incredible guitar player and he influenced many of those that followed.

This particular lick is in the key of A and is Chord Specific, which means it will sound awesome over an A7 but not a D7. This is because of the use of the note C# which sounds awesome on the A7, but on the D7 it clashes badly with one of the chord tones. If you wanted to use it on the D7 chord, you would need to move the lick up to the 10th fret!

Also interesting to note is the 'framing' of the C#, the long chromatic run down from the E and then up from the C - it's slightly jazzy but it really highlights the C# note which makes this lick very chord specific!

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T-Bone Walker Style Lick


Getting The Sound

For this lick I'm using a Gibson 335 guitar (1969) into a Fender Super Champ (old valve one from 1983 designed by Rivera, not the current model) recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone.

Guitar Settings
To get the sound I used the neck pickup with the volume rolled off a little to keep the sound clean, and also the tone rolled back a little (between 8/9) just to fatten the sound a little.

Amp Settings
'Exact settings' even if you have the same amp and guitar will probably not sound exactly the same... I kept the amp pretty clean nothing exciting. My settings (to use as a starting point): Volume 6, Treble 6, Bass 7, Reverb 3, Lead N/A, Master Volume 3.

Pedal Settings
None used.

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The JustinGuitar Blues Licks App
All 56 licks from my Blues Masters series are available in iOS app format where you can download the video lessons into your device, see the lick tab onscreen, loop section of the video and with an easy bookmarking system to find the bits of the video you want to see. If you wanna get these words into your vocabulary you'll love this app!

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Lesson ID: BL-504