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Blues Lick #7: Robben Ford

The Blues Guitar Lessons

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

Robben Ford is certainly one of the finest modern blues players around.

This lick shows his creative use of the Minor Penatonic, nothing more harmonically complex than usual but really interesting note combinations, which are new but retain the blues feel.

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Robben Ford Style Lick


Getting The Sound

For this lick I'm using a Fender Telecaster guitar (1966) into a Fender Super Champ (old valve one from 1983 designed by Rivera, not the current model) recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone.

Robben more commonly uses Gibson guitars with humbuckers but well, my tele was feeling unloved and hadn't made it into this blues series so I thought I'd give her a run with the Robben licks! ;)

Guitar Settings
To get the sound I used the bridge pickup, with the volume and tone on full.

Amp Settings
'Exact settings' even if you have the same amp and guitar will probably not sound exactly the same... My settings (to use as a starting point): Volume 6, Treble 7, Bass 8, Reverb 3, Lead N/A, Master Volume 3.

Pedal Settings
To try and get close to Robbens tone I use a Hermida "Zen Drive" pedal with the following settings: Vol 10', Gain 2', Tone 1', Voice 12' (clock settings).


Blues Lead Guitar DVD

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!

Available now on the app store!




Lesson ID: BL-507