Country Blues Lick (Guitar Lesson)

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Eric Madis

Country Blues Lick

Eric Madis explains a country blues lick he calls the "Country Blues Double Wham."

Taught by Eric Madis in Electric Blues with Eric seriesLength: 6:35Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (06:34) Country Blues Double Wham Eric begins this lesson by playing some lead lines that utilize the licks from the past several lessons. At this point, you should begin to improvise your own solos over the 12 bar blues progression using these licks.

In the previous lesson, Eric introduced a cliche blues lick he calls the "Country Blues Double Wham." Remember that this basic idea can be played with three different endings. You can resolve the double wham to the open E and B strings, the E note at the 5th fret, or the E note at the 9th fret of the third string. The way in which you should end the lick is dependent upon where you want to go next in the solo. Watch and listen Eric transitions from each ending option to a new lick.

Fingering Tips

Always finger licks in a manner that will you to hit the ground running. When learning scales, play them with the "proper fingering." However, when it comes to playing a solo, you will need to adjust these fingerings to support the lines that you play. Make sure that the physical act of playing the guitar doesn't hinder your artistic voice.

Country Blues Double Wham 2

Tablature and standard notation to all musical examples presented in the lesson can be found under the "Supplemental Content" tab.

"Country Blues Double Wham 2" is also a signature Lightnin' Hopkins lick. Basically, the double wham from the previous lesson is moved up three frets. Similar to the previous double wham, quarter step bends are played to the Bb and D notes to produce an edgy, gritty blues sound. A tonic E note is played at the 12th fret of the first string to conclude the lick. Although it contains different notes from Double Wham 1, the new double wham can also be played over an E or E7 chord. Or, if you are playing by yourself, combine the lick with a pedal tone played on the low E string.

Varying the Rhythm

Eric demonstrates a rhythmic variation on Double Wham 1 at 03:38 in the lesson video. The G and B notes are now picked separately. This rhythmic variation can also be applied to Double Wham 2.

Bending Review

Remember the proper bending techniques discussed in the previous lesson. Bring the thumb slightly over the top of the neck for extra bending leverage. This allows you to generate the bending motion from the wrist instead of the weaker finger muscles.

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Eric Madis from, again.

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I am picking up where we left off in our last lesson in which we worked on the country blues double wham.

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It's a very common lick.

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Again, it was on the seventh and eighth frets of the first two strings and we had three different endings for it.

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One in which we played the open strings which gave us the option of course of going anywhere on the fret board.

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In other words, if I do this…
It allows me time to be able to move.

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The other one that was for playing downward on the neck was one in which we dropped down the index finger, down two frets.

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In other words, we dropped down in this case to the fifth fret but still on the second string like this…

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And this is especially good if you continue to go…

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So that is one other strategy and in the third strategy is where we stay where we are in third position.

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Positions are something we are going to talk about more in upcoming lessons.

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So in some cases the way that you end the lick will allow you to continue moving and one of the things we find in any style of music

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but this is true in blues is when it comes to improvisation you want to be able to use fingers

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and place your fingers in places where you can always hit the ground running.

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Where you can continue to play.

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Where the physical act of playing the instrument does not impede with your mental processes and that's very important.

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I've known a lot of students who can play the notes the right way and get the sound but then way they finger it paints themselves into a corner.

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In that case they end up having to regroup, having to reposition their hand in order to be able to continue on with their ideas

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and that momentary lapse is enough to stop the flow of thoughts.

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You want to be able to improvise so that however you think at that moment, you can go.

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Anyway, let's pick up where we are on that.

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If we take that same blues double wham and we move it up three frets to the tenth and the eleventh frets, respectively, of the first two strings.

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And resolve it on E.
In other words, the top E.

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In other words, we use our ring finger and we strike the twelfth fret on the first string.

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This is another really nice lick for E.

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So this is double wham number two and a lot of these ideas I got from Lightnin Hopkins, as I've mentioned in the past.

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So we have double wham number one.

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Number two.

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Now you can do some nice things with these licks too that you might want to think about.

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For instance here's kind of like a harmonica like approach to that double wham number one.

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Now the way that you can do that is by first place you have to vibrato it

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and in other words, vibrato-ing, again is what I've said before it's you need to have the thumb on the side of the neck, not over the top of the neck

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too much but some so that the joint here presses against the side of the neck

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and then allow the wrist to turn like you're turning a door knob backwards.

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Then while you do vibrato-ing , you pick between the second and first strings.

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So down, up, down, down, up, down, down, up, down, down.
Using your right hand technique.

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Or if you're fingerpicking, alternate with your two fingers.
Like that.

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Either way you can accomplish the same thing.

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Same thing can be done with double wham number two.

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So these are both really nice, authentic blues licks that you can add to your repertoire

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and you can develop more and more really authentic country blue licks.

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Now you may have noticed by now that before I play the lick, I always strike the tonic string, the low one.

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Now there's a reason for this.

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First place I'm not fingerpicking where I keep a constant bass on.

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It's good to develop the habit of being able to strike the bass string before you play a lick.

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Now that doesn't mean that you would do it every time or even every other time

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but a bass note played strategically in the right place when you're flatpicking is a very effective way

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of being able to accompaniment yourself when you're playing solo

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and when you're flat picking solo you need everything that you can to be able to fill the sound up and make the sound as bottom heavy as you can.

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Since you're not fingerpicking steadily like you would in a piedmont style or Texas style of blues.

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So it's a good idea every time you do a lick, as you practice them, to hit that low E or that low A or whatever the tonic string is

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and use that to fill in behind you and it'll not only help you to blend your licks in better but it will help you as you start improvising freely

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to be able to insert that bass note whenever you have time and you see fit to make the sound fuller and more bottom heavy.

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This is Eric and I'll see you in the next lesson.


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Member Comments about this Lesson

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gerb58gerb58 replied

Eric, going thru your Electric Blues lessons and having a great time. Very precise and helpful.

shawn_flynnshawn_flynn replied

Sorry I dropped the E. I meant to say "They all end with these tasty licks to the E."

shawn_flynnshawn_flynn replied

Eric, I started with your blues shuffle. And I learning a whole new way to play. Now I am into the double whamies. All of you lessons have these great runs. I love your runs. And they are so tasty! But it's super hard for me to follow them. Like the country double whamie... the tabs only show the 8-7 - 10-11. Do you have tabs available for those runs you do down the neck? They all end with these tasty licks to the . I am totally into the E shuffling slow blues runs now. thanks for the lessons. -Shawn

rh232rh232 replied

Eric- I love your lessons, but will you be showing us how we can use them to improvise at the end of the course. I am using a backing track, and can improvise using the pentatonic scale, but don't know how to tie in the shuffle or the licks you are teaching us. Ross

rcausrcaus replied

Hi Eric your lessons are lifelong learning and I countinuously go thorugh them and each time I can see improvement in my playing. Per Scene 1 at 1.21 minutes " we can stay where we are at 3rd position and play some lick in E". However, we learned in lesson 22 second position and lesson 25 third position both are in A key. I believe we can use the licks here as key of E . Is this correct. Eric will you also teach us licks or positions 2 ,3 ,4 for key of E Regards Rama

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied

Yes, Rama. These licks are executed identically in any key on the fretboard of the guitar. The only variation would be in E, which has open strings, and so some licks would use different fingers than the "closed" keys (the other 11 keys).

rcausrcaus replied

sorry for the typing error: " continuously , through

mtbluesmtblues replied

Those double Whams: Are you pulling slightly for those bends, or pushing?

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied

I am pushing them. If you pull them, you will probably pull the 1st string off the fretboard. However, since the bend is so slight (not even a half-step), then you may try both and stick with what works for you.

vaplayervaplayer replied

Eric, is there any way to slow down parts of this lesson? I can't seem to grasp the lick you do from about 1:05 to 1:11- you roll through that so fast that no matter how many times I "loop" it I can't quite capture the notes. Thanks, Greg

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied

Sorry about that! If it is ever possible for you to tune in to my weekly lesson (question and answer) on Monday, I will show that to you as slowly as you would like. Thanks!

madman066madman066 replied

Hi Eric, thanks for the lessons, really helping me get to jists with the "feeling" of blues. Just wanted to know if theres a document with all the licks on it, since it will cost me a lot in paper to print, and i'm getting a wee bit tired writing the tablature down. Thanks again Eric, very cool.

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied

Hi Bob, I don't have one document with all those likcs on them, but I do have an outline that I use for teaching workshops that contains mostly all of what I have presented. However, none of that has tablature. Sorry, about that. The way I went about learning these things generally was hearing them on record and then working to acquire the technique, its timing and its application. -- Best regards--Eric

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Eric Madis

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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Lesson 40 takes a deeper look at slash chords. Mark discusses why they're called slash chords, and how they are formed.

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Don Ross Don Ross

New fingerstyle instructor Don Ross introduces himself, his background, and what you should expect in this series.

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Trace Bundy talks about the different ways you can use multiple capos to enhance your playing.

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Steve Smyth Steve Smyth

JamPlay sits down with veteran fret grinder Steve Smyth of Forbidden and The EssenEss Project. He talks about how he got...

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Jeff Kollman Jeff Kollman

Been playing the standard 12 bar blues and looking to add some flare? Look no further than Jeff Kollmann's series, "Blowing...

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Will Ripley Will Ripley

Will is back with another classic sounding riff! This riff is a great exercise that gets you using your fingers on more than...

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Steve McKinley Steve McKinley

Steve McKinley talks about evaluating your bass and keeping it in top shape. He covers neck relief, adjusting the truss rod,...

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Kenny Ray Kenny Ray

Albert Collins brought a lot of style to the blues scene. In this lesson, Kenny breaks down Albert's style for you to learn.

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Tosin Abasi Tosin Abasi

Tosin explains some of the intricacies of the 8 string guitar such as his personal setup and approach to playing.

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Brent-Anthony Johnson Brent-Anthony Johnson

Just like with the plucking hand, Brent-Anthony shows us the basics of proper fretting hand technique. In addition, he shows...

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Larry Cook Larry Cook

In this lesson, Larry discusses and demonstrates how to tune your bass. He explains why tuning is critical and discusses...

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Braun Khan Braun Khan

In this lesson, Braun teaches the chord types that are commonly used in jazz harmony. Learn how to build the chords and their...

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