Open position guitar licks are kind of their own animal. Sure, you can often try to apply them to other scale positions – and later in this lesson you’ll see me do that – however, because of the open notes we have access to, we can often end up playing things that we simply couldn’t play in a closed position.
It’s almost like having an extra finger at your disposal!
This is a classic open blues lick that you’ve probably heard a million times from guys like Stevie Ray Vaughan etc.
The first part of the tab might look a bit strange to you, but all that it’s saying is exactly what I talked about in the video. First establish the E note, then bend it up, then release it down, all in one motion, but each phase taking up it’s own sixteenth note.
After that point, it’s smooth sailing.
If you like this lick, you can find more on the Lick of the Week page.