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IV Chord Blues Lick

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Here is a useful blues lick that sounds great over the IV chord. In a 12 bar blues, we always play the IV chord on the 5th bar, so that's where you can throw in this type of lick. You should experiment with changing the ending of the lick. It's mostly the first six notes that make this lick "click". I am sure you have heard this lick before. I first heard it from Stevie Ray Vaughan, and I think he got it from Freddie King. Eric Clapton often plays this type of lick over the IV chord as well. Enjoy!

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Comments on this video lesson:

Roberto said...

clean and helpful also for a beginner like me. many thanks Robert !

Comment added on March 18, 2012
Bubba from GA said...

Perfect. Exactly what I needed. Thanks Robert.

Comment added on August 31, 2010
John Renfew said...

Superb, lovely really melodic wee lick to use. Much appreciated. Thanks

Comment added on June 27, 2010
Robert said...

I am glad to hear the positive feedback! Thank you, everyone so much.

Comment added on June 25, 2010
pk said...

robert i always come back to this site,because of the way you slow down the video so we can see each note played. well done , i to will look to buy your dvd,s as a learning tool. keep up the videos

Comment added on June 24, 2010
Jim Cardinal said...

As explained can be used with all I,IV,V progressions all over the neck thanks and congrats on the win in your race!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment added on June 24, 2010
Carl said...

Hey Robert, nice little lick!!! Thanks

Comment added on June 24, 2010
Michael said...

Robert I have to tell you I like your approach to music and teaching. I have for years been in position in band of mostly playing Rhythm and My strong point has been singing . That said now that I am really into blues I have found your teaching very useful and look forward to your emails. Being a Disabled Vet I have time now to focus on learning. Thank for everything you do. I am going to look into DVD's and soon as I can muster up few extra dollars will be glad to donate to your site. You have a good marketing approach. I will support your mission for sure !

Comment added on June 24, 2010
TMichael said...

Nice lick Robert. Always injoy hearing from you.....

Comment added on June 23, 2010
Will said...

Superb Robert -- Thank you. I found you can slow it down a bit too if you want. Very good to have your input here. Cheers, Will

Comment added on June 23, 2010

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New Course - Comping with Triads -

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"You are simply the best teacher on the internet. Always cool, explain things well, and relevant stuff for beginners to advanced players. Even my kids are into your lessons now!"

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