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Connecting Licks (Guitar Lesson)


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Eric Madis

Connecting Licks

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

Taught by Eric Madis in Blues Slide Guitar seriesLength: 9:28Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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chiefrascalbrochiefrascalbro replied on August 4th, 2014

Solid mahogany? Must weigh a ton. I have an Ovation Magnum II bass with a one piece mahogany body - not as thick as yours, but a hefty ax nonetheless. What tuning are you using for the lessons up to here? I missed it, it you mentioned it at the beginning. (Obviously, just listening for now, not playing).

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on November 23rd, 2016

Up to this point, I am playing in E tuning (e b e g# b e).

crazycoolcrazycool replied on January 7th, 2011

what kind of guitar is that?? at first I thought it was a les paul studio, but the headstock isn't gibson... and would you mind telling me the pickups as well? thanks

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

I built that guitar back in 1977 (from scratch), since I was a guitar repairman back then when I was in Chicago and Champaign, IL. The body is like a LARGE Les Paul, so I could sit down and play it comfortably (an extra 1.5 inches in the bouts). It is solid mahogany, but it is a full 2.15" thick. The pickups are a standard Gibson humbucker (57 type) in the neck position and a Gibson mini-humbucker (no longer being made) in the middle position. Note that I did not put a bridge pickup in. That is because I found that I usually backed off on my tone controls on the bridge Pickups. Rather than putting in a hotter pickup (like many do now), I simply moved the pickup more to the middle and turned the pickup around (so the pole pieces were more centered), and I can open up the tone controls all the way. That guitar has been through WWIII and back with me, but it is the official E. Madis slide guitar. - Eric

alien_xalien_x replied on January 8th, 2011

Hurrah, he's back! Already thought Mr. Eric got lost with the long break after lesson 5. Good to have 'back on the slide'.

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

Thank you! Oh yeah, we have more slide coming your way. - Eric

waltk2007waltk2007 replied on January 7th, 2011

why do'es the volume cut out ? sonething is wrong with you'r mike.

jboothjbooth replied on January 8th, 2011

Huh? Where does the volume cut out? Could you give me an exact time so I can look into it. There is a portion where Eric is talking REALLLYYY quietly for some reason.

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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