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Play Like Chuck Berry: Inspired Licks

Chuck Berry wrote and played some of the most iconic rock and roll guitar licks of all time. Today, we’re going to take a look at one of those Chuck Berry licks in detail so you can go to town with it!

This one comes out of the pentatonic minor 2 position scale; basically just the pentatonic minor scale with part of the adjacent pentatonic major scale tacked on. All riffs come out of a scale. You can kick, scream, and argue, but it will never change the cold hard facts. That’s why it is so important to learn your scales – it gives you a framework within which to quickly learn new riffs.

All The Guitar Scale Patterns You Need,
Right Here

Alright, grab your guitar, and let’s dive into the lesson. Colin Daniel goes into more detail on this type of stuff inside the Riff Ninja Academy.

Chuck Berry Licks

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2 Blues Soloing Kickstart

Need a Blues Soloing Kickstart?

Blues Soloing KickstartSome of you may be familiar with blues guitar teacher Griff Hamlin, and now he’s just come out with a new series of lessons called the Blues Soloing Kickstart.

Basically the Blues Soloing Kickstart is a free 3 part video series that is about an hour in length, total, and focuses on teaching you how to get started with soloing the blues.

You can sign up for the free blues lessons here: Blues Soloing Kickstart

Some of the things you’ll learn (for free…) include:

  • A 4-note solo you can use anywhere
  • A great practice technique for scales that isn’t boring
  • A 24 bar blues solo you can use in most 12 bar blues progressions (tab included)
  • Hendrix and SRV style grace notes, for spicing up your solos

I’ve reviewed some of Griff’s other courses, and the feedback I’ve heard from other people who have gone through them is positive, so all in all he’s got a pretty good reputation on the interwebz.

Learning to play guitar, like most other areas of life, requires you to develop your own strong perspective on certain things, and the best way to do that is to get exposed to differing viewpoints. That’s the main reason I recommend other guitar teachers such as Griff, to help give you alternative viewpoints to my own.

Besides – we’re talking about an hour of free blues soloing lessons, so what’s not to like?

You can sign up for the free blues lessons here: Blues Soloing Kickstart.


Fortunate Son (John Fogerty) Guitar Lesson

Here’s a good old classic rock tune for today’s lesson: Fortunate Son. It’s got a great intro riff that will be instantly recognizable by anyone you play this for. Did I mention its also easy-peasy? Most of the riff is built on inverted third intervals (whew that’s a mouthful!). What I mean by that is the root note is on the B string, and they’re adding a third up from that root note (4 semitones), but dropping it an octave, thus inverting it (normally the lower note is the root, but in this case the lower is).

Take a look at the Em7 chord (barred, root on the 5th string – 7th fret) and ignore the bar part. That is the first formation in the riff, right? The notes that are being played are B (4th string, 9th fret) and G (2nd string, 8th fret). The root note is the G, and we’re in the key of G. If you count up from G 4 semitones (G#, A, A#, B) you hit B. B is therefore a major third of G.

If you can figure out the theory behind this, you can start to see broader applications for the patterns that are being used in this riff (different keys, songs, etc). Let me know if you’d like to know more and maybe I’ll do a whole lesson on this topic.

One other quick note. If you want to see the video larger, don’t forget you can click the button in the bottom right corner of the video player for full screen. You can also click on the HD for high definition (much better quality picture and sound). Also, I’ve got other guitar songs lessons on the site too.

Watch the Fortunate Son Guitar Lesson:

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Pentatonic Riffage

There’s really no limit to what you can do with the pentatonic scale, and the absolutely coolest thing about it is that as long as you’re playing in the right key, you literally can’t go wrong with the pentatonic scale. Any single note you grab from there will work over top of whatever you’re soloing on top of.

A fun exercise you can do to convince yourself of this fact is to strum a couple of chords, then pick at random a note from the pentatonic scale, then play the next 2 or 3 notes in the scale, then strum another chord.

You literally can’t go wrong. It’s awesome!


Improvising With the Pentatonic Scale

Improvising really isn’t as difficult as you might think. I know many of you have probably been trained in the school of “play what’s on the page, dummy – and don’t deviate!” but that really doesn’t do anything for you when it comes time to improvise or create a solo. You’ll find I maintain a fairly strong emphasis throughout my guitar lessons on how to develop your own skills improvising with the guitar.

The pentatonic scale is, in my opinion, the most important of all the guitar scales for improvising, because once you get the pattern down, you literally can’t go wrong.

This lesson should give you a bit more of a feel for how to get started improvising with the pentatonic scale.

Watch the lesson on Youtube.