Fred McDowell Licks (Guitar Lesson)


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Eric Madis

Fred McDowell Licks

Eric teaches a few licks from Fred McDowell and demonstrates how they can be used in a blues progression.

Taught by Eric Madis in Blues Slide Guitar seriesLength: 10:00Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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francisco fernandez vazquezfrancisco fernandez vazquez replied on May 19th, 2012

Hi from Spain...I really enjoyed this lesson.Thanks

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on September 17th, 2012

Hola Francisco, Bienvenido! Gracias por tu palabras benevelos! Eric

blackriderblackrider replied on January 4th, 2012

Hey Eric, great lessons. A question about using the slide at the 12th fret. I am having trouble getting it straight, and not deadening the string. Any suggestions on how to get a good angle and pressure up at the 12th fret?

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on March 19th, 2012

Yes, watch your arm angle. I have found that many people rest their fretting (sliding) elbow on their laps! That is a sure way to keep from being able to get the slide to be straight over the fret. Also, find a position for the guitar so you can accomplish your movements without restraint. Thanks!

krobinson5krobinson5 replied on August 30th, 2011

This is so much fun I may give up everything but slide guitar. Thanks.

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on March 19th, 2012

Thank you!

hawkinshawkins replied on March 9th, 2011

Just finished lesson 5-thank you so much for teaching this! Cheers!

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on March 21st, 2011

Thanks a lot for your kind comments! - Eric

wayne gilbertwayne gilbert replied on December 2nd, 2010

Another great slide lesson from Eric,thanks

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on January 25th, 2011

Thanks again! - Eric

sendbahtsendbaht replied on December 18th, 2010

bring them on bro.:))

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on January 25th, 2011

Thank you! - Eric

skaterstuskaterstu replied on December 2nd, 2010

This sounds magical! If I can learn to play this I'll be well happy... just need to factor it in with my other blues lessons. This is possibly the best series imo!

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on January 25th, 2011

Hey thanks, Stu. This is a great way to take a break from your regular playing and give your fingers and tendons a short rest. - Eric

berkanhlberkanhl replied on December 7th, 2010

great lessons,when i play the licks on my strat some of the notes sound different to Eric's, despite being in standard tuning also.Many thanks

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on January 25th, 2011

Hey Thanks. We do have some standard tuning lessons coming up later. Sorry, they are not my forte, but I do play that style of slide occasionally. Once you play either way, it is fairly easy to go back and forth and do the other way. - Eric

eandy5000eandy5000 replied on December 19th, 2010

Make sure you are in the open E tuning and not standard tuning. You will get much better results ;)

Blues Slide Guitar

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Slide guitar and Blues go way back, and have a rich heritage of complimenting each other. The slide is a wonderful way to add that "vocal" quality to your guitar playing as well. This technique can be used with all genres of music, but Eric will cover it within the world of Blues.



Lesson 1

Introduction to Blues Slide

Eric Madis delves into the world of slide guitar and discusses how it can be used within the blues universe.

Length: 26:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Common Slide Licks

Eric Madis teaches two crucial slide guitar licks.

Length: 17:12 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Slide Lick Ideas

Eric shows how the basic closed lick can be played over a twelve bar blues. He also introduces a lick by Kokomo Arnold.

Length: 12:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Kokomo Arnold Lick

Eric Madis talks more about the Kokomo Arnold lick and explains some variations developed by Elmore James and Tampa Red.

Length: 11:14 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Fred McDowell Licks

Eric teaches a few licks from Fred McDowell and demonstrates how they can be used in a blues progression.

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Connecting Licks

Eric Madis explains how Duane Allman put his own unique spin on a classic lick played by Fred McDowell.

Length: 9:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Duane Allman Licks

Eric Madis demonstrates licks in the style of Duane Allman.

Length: 5:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Harmonica Imitation Lick

Eric Madis demonstrates how the Duane Allman style "Harmonica Imitation Lick" can be used over different chords and changes.

Length: 7:52 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Duane Allman Ideas

Eric Madis talks more about the Duane Allman style of playing and introduces the idea of playing in a box.

Length: 8:01 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Traditional Blues Slide Licks

Eric Madis teaches two classic licks in this lesson. First he covers a lick called "Son House's Train Lick." He also covers the "Electric Chair Lick."

Length: 7:47 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Elmore James Melodic Lick

Eric Madis teaches a classic blues slide lick called the "Elmore James Melodic Lick."

Length: 8:51 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Four Blues Slide Licks

Eric Madis introduces four new blues licks that can be played with a slide. He teaches a Charlie Patton lick, an ascending one-string turnaround, a descending turnaround lick, and also talks about sliding...

Length: 10:22 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

Filling the Spaces

Eric Madis teaches how to fill empty spaces in an arrangement with common licks. This lesson is particularly useful for solo guitarists.

Length: 4:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Building a Solo

Eric demonstrates how the licks and techniques from previous lessons can be combined to play a smokin' blues solo.

Length: 5:56 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

A Tuning and Slide Guitar

Eric introduces open A tuning and shows how some of the licks you have already learned can be transposed to the key of A.

Length: 11:26 Difficulty: 2.5 FREE
Lesson 16

General Slide Tips and Tricks

Eric offers up some amazing slide guitar tips. He talks about guitar setup, how to hold the slide, which finger to use and more.

Length: 13:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Delta Blues Slide

Learn how to play the timeless Delta Blues using a slide. This lesson uses A tuning.

Length: 15:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

The Walking Blues

Eric teaches how to play the classic "Walking Blues" progression using a slide.

Length: 14:25 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

Rollin' and Tumblin'

Eric teaches a rendition of "Rollin' and Tumblin'" that can be played with a slide.

Length: 15:09 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 20

Improvisational Techniques

Eric explains how to take a blues song or progression and make it your own.

Length: 9:54 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

Blues Shuffle Improvisation

Eric Madis demonstrates how blues licks, movable chords and other ideas can be combined to create an improvised blues shuffle.

Length: 16:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 22

A Tuning Lick Review

Eric Madis gives an in depth review of core blues licks in open A tuning.

Length: 18:21 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

Dust My Broom Theme

Eric explains how the classic "Dust My Broom" lick can be used to develop a theme that spans an entire twelve bar blues.

Length: 6:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Linear Playing Ideas

Eric Madis demonstrates some slide licks that use a more linear approach instead of a vertical, box-based approach.

Length: 8:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

Harmonica Imitation Lick Theme

Eric Madis shows how the "Harmonica Imitation Lick" can be used to create a theme that spans an entire twelve bar blues.

Length: 6:11 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 26

Two Lick Theme

Eric Madis combines two classic licks to create a smokin' 12 bar blues theme.

Length: 7:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Eric Madis View Full Biography Eric Madis is a guitarist, singer and composer, a versatile artist whose playing and compositions reflect his diverse and thorough background in American music. Whether performing in an ensemble or as a soloist, he exudes a love and a mastery of the blues that have been refined by years of experience in jazz, country, rock, and even Hawaiian music. What results are performances that include authentic renderings of old rural blues, personal interpretations of modern urban blues and jazz standards, and original music that defies strict categorization, but that draws heavily from these traditions.

Eric lives in Seattle where he leads his own ensemble, performs as a solo act and performs in the Seattle Swing Trio. He has released four CDs on Luna Records, and is currently working on a fifth. He is on the faculty of the National Guitar Workshop and Dusty Strings Music and teaches guitar privately.

Eric lived his formative years in Colorado with a family that was musical (his mother was an accomplished opera singer), and began his music study on the piano at the age of nine. He began performing shortly after picking up a guitar at ten years of age. By the age of sixteen, he was performing in Chicago-area coffeehouses. He has accompanied artists as diverse as bluesmen Big Walter Horton, Sunnyland Slim, Deacon Jones, Hawaiian luminaries Irmgaard Aluli, Kekua Fernandez, Emma Sharpe and author/poet Nikki Grimes.

He has led bands in Illinois, Texas, Colorado and Washington. He has opened shows for Robben Ford, James Cotton, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Mem Shannon, Hawkeye Herman and author Sherman Alexie. Eric's four albums have received critical acclaim, including regional airplay and nominations from NAMA and Washington Blues Society (WBS). He has received 16 Best Blues nominations from WBS, was a finalist in the New Folk Awards at the 1981 Kerrville National Folk Festival, a finalist in the 1991 Seattle Guitar Starz competition, and has music featured on five film soundtracks. Eric has taught guitar classes at Denver Free University, University of Washington's Experimental College, Northwest Folklife Festival, National Guitar Workshop, and Canada's Guitar Workshop Plus.

Whether performing in a group or as a soloist, at a concert or a small club, teaching privately or a large workshop, Eric is a dedicated professional, with commitment to the quality of his art and to his audience.

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