PHIL HILBORNE’S ONE-MINUTE LICK
Blues Scale Moves Lick
This lick Illustrates four blues ‘moves’ all b using notes drawn from a Blues scale (a-c-D-e e-G). They can be used in isolation or repeated and combined with other licks, so treat them as small cellular ideas that can be embellished upon. Move #1 involves the root (a) played as abpedalbon the second string while the 5-5 (e -e) is played as a slide on the first. Move #2 uses funky triads on the top three strings as a base for the phrase. Move #3 is a variation on #1 with b5-5s the root on the first string and the on the second. The final movebis a country favourite - a descending 5- 5-4 on the fourth string played against a third string a root. experiment with these ‘moves’ in as many keys and musical settings as you can.