15 Essential Blues Guitar Licks

Learn to play classic blues
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (370 ratings)
16,376 students
43min of on-demand video
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Gain a better knowledge of blues lead guitar.
Gain a better understanding of blues rhythm guitar and structure.
Improve lead guitar phrasing and note-choice.
Improve "feel".
Learn to use chord tones in solos.
Learn some fantastic blues licks that you can incorporate into your own solos.
Improve general lead and rhythm guitar skills.
Improve your knowledge of the fretboard.


  • Some prior knowledge of fundamental electric guitar techniques, such as string bending and vibrato.


Probably The Most Valuable FREE Blues Guitar Lesson You’ll Ever Take!

Bobby Harrison from Absolute Blues Guitar presents an in-depth blues guitar course with tab, standard notation, fretboard diagrams and high quality backing tracks.

In this tutorial, we will learn 15 essential blues licks in the context of a 12 bar blues solo over a shuffle groove in the good old-fashioned key of A.

Our solo spans two choruses (twice around the 12 bar progression) and features many classic blues licks and phrases in the styles of B.B. King, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King and Albert Collins. 

These 15 licks feature classic blues tonality, along with chord tones that really highlight the changes. These are all extremely usable ideas that you can incorporate into your own playing. Each lick breakdown features on-screen tab

In addition to learning the solo, we’re also going to cover a very cool rhythm guitar part that you can try out next time you find yourself at a blues jam.

Who this course is for:

  • Intermediate and advanced players looking to add a bluesy flavour to their guitar playing.


Learn To Play The Blues!
Absolute Blues Guitar Guitar Lessons
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 370 Reviews
  • 16,376 Students
  • 1 Course

If you want to play the blues with all of the feel and emotion of your favourite guitarists, Absolute Blues Guitar has you covered.

In addition to being an accomplished blues musician, Bobby Harrison is one of the UK's top session guitarists. Over the course of his almost 30 year career (so far!), he's privately tutored many guitar students who've gone on to become professional musicians and, as a live performer himself, he's played at some of the world's biggest and most prestigious venues with some of the top names in music, including Sir Cliff Richard, Brian May and Olivia Newton-John.

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