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Weekly Riff | Blues - Alley Walk

Weekly Riff | Blues - Alley Walk

Ahh... the sweet sounds of the blues in the key of E! Check out Dave Specter showing some of his favorite riff-age in "E blues" that he used in a song on his latest recording (available via FRET12 Records) called "Alley Walk" and how you can incorporate similar techniques in your own take on the blues. In this tune that is inspired by artists like Lightnin Hopkins and John Lee Hooker, Dave incorporates a variety of riffs that any blues guitarist should know how to play.

Learn how to hide your pick in your hand as you use the right hand to slap and pluck the strings to get a similar tone as Dave's for this riff. This lick features a range of techniques that are very effective in all blues playing, from finger plucking, to bending, to sliding chord shapes (like the Delta-sounding D7 shape) as well as pull offs that resolve on the tonic.

The blues in E, as common as it is, can often feature an almost unlimited combination of techniques. Check out some new techniques to add to your blues palette in the following lesson with Chicago bluesman Dave Specter!