Eric John­son

Guitar Techniques - - Your Hottest Ever Blues Licks! -

This ex­am­ple uses E Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic to cre­ate some great flow­ing runs. We start with a se­ries of bends up to the 5th (14th-16th fret, third string), which is com­bined with pick­ing the same note (B) on the 12th fret of the sec­ond string. The line then erupts into a se­ries of fast pull- offs, all based on the ‘box po­si­tion’ of the Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic, fin­ish­ing with a tri­umphant bend to E from 15th to 17th fret on the sec­ond string, fol­lowed by the same note played on the first string. Make sure you prac­tise this one slowly at first, work­ing out a plan for us­ing fret­ting-hand fin­gers and your pick­ing hand to pre­vent any ex­tra­ne­ous notes from sound­ing – and then see if you can get it up to Eric’s speed.

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