Lick No 1 in the Style of Robben Ford

In this lesson, Charlie will introduce us to another one of his favourite Blues performers, Mr. Robben Ford. This will be the first lick of the series.

The diagrams below shows the position of the fingers on the strings to play the notes of the scale used in these lick series.

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This is lesson number one, or lick number one in a series of licks by a wonderful Blues man, by the name of Robben Ford so, let's take a look at the lick.

So, let's take a little bit of a look at an E Blues scale. Pretty much the same as E minor pentatonic, but I'll just take you through this. We got a 1, 4 on the E, low E... That's 12 to 15...Now we move up chromatically from 12 to 14 on the A string ... 12 to 14 on the D ...12 to ... 14, 15 on the G ... 12, 15 on the B ... and 12, 15 ... on the final E ... and that's our E Blues scale.

I kick off my lick with a little slide on the D string. I'm using my third finger and sliding to the 14th fret ... I'm going down to my G on the 12th ... and then up to my G on the 14th ... so, it comes in as a triplet. The first note of the triplet is a rest, so we've got like one...and we're starting that lick ... one ... one ...

And we move down to our B string on the 12th ... and our E string. Kind of roll that finger across, E string on the 12th ...

One ... one-and-ah-two-and-ah ...

So, the first part of the lick, we're sliding into 14, one ... and I bring my fourth finger down onto the 15th fret of the B string and then to the twelfth fret of the B string ... back to the 14th fret with my third finger ... and 12th fret ... with my first finger on the G ...

Moving on, I'm down to 14 on the D string, nice and slow, one ... I drop down underneath and grab my G again rolling that finger back to grab, that third finger back to grab that G ... one ... so all the other notes are just following in triplets ... one-and-ah, two-and-ah, three-and-ah, four ...

So, so far ... first finger back on that G ... 14th fret with my third finger and then a double stop ... I'm going to play the G string and the B string together with my first finger flat on those two notes ... double stopping 14th fret, same two strings: G and B ... and then back to my first finger double stopping again, so it's three lots of double stops ...

I've now got ... and finishing off with my third finger on 14 on the D string and 12 on the B string ... one ...

Now, there is another little line that I'm putting in at the end of the 12 bars or bar 11 and 12. I come out of the forward chord, which is the B chord ... into the A chord ... bringing me back into the E ... and starting back on the one again ... So, I'll just play those chords into the turnaround, so starting on the B ... an A ... my line ... back into my E...

So it is, on the turnaround, is basically, I'm just playing some thirds sliding into, using my third finger and my second finger, I'm sliding into a B note which is on the fourth fret of my G string and putting my second finger down on the D note, which is on the third fret of the B string. So I kind of slide into that shape ... then I go to my A note and my C# note. So, it's the same two strings, it's on the G and the B, just flattening that first finger ... and then I play my open G and open B ... kind of just repeat that ... and I'm back into my bar one on the E ...

So that get us started on our series of Robben Ford licks, so stay tuned to the web site and I'm sure we'll be doing some more real soon. Catch up with you next time. Don't forget, have fun playing the guitar. It's a great thing to do.

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