Twelve Blues Licks Explained in Depth (First 5 Licks)

It seems like almost everyone loves — or at least super appreciates — the Blues.  This affection for Blues music is almost universal, no matter what your GOC (genre of choice).

Blues is at the heart of jazz and rock especially.  You will basically never meet a successful rock or jazz musician who is not well-versed in the Blues, and who does not love playing it.

OK, let me backpedal a bit on that last statement.  Exceptions to the “well-versed” thing might be: an early-school punker, or a psychedelic player with a synthesizer, using pads only, with no regard for the key of the tune.  I’ve done studio work with people in genres like that.  Such free spirits are not often “well-versed” in the blues.  In fact, some couldn’t blues their way out of a paper bag.  Here’s the kicker though. In my experience, without exception, these pioneers also truly love the genre of Blues.  It’s weird.  I think it’s because Blues is built into the DNA of Rock. Same for Jazz. Especially for Jazz.

Anyway, today let me offer up my recent series of twelve video lessons on the topic of blues piano.  Each lesson below covers a specific blues lick, including insights on how to transpose, alter, and adapt it to your own soloing.  As I like to say, one video is worth a thousand licks! Actually I just made that up.

NOTE:  I’m planning to sell the whole package of twelve licks online (for download and/or streaming) , so this post will be updated when that is available. The whole package will be available here, as well as places like

Here is the list of ones you can see now:

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