Guitar Virtuoso Discovers Unique Blues Guitar Playing Method
Tom Hess reveals secrets to his blues guitar playing methods.
Most blues guitar players use the same double stop licks repeatedly, causing their playing to become highly conventional and less creative. Hess states the following on the matter:
“Double stops are the hallmark of any serious blues player. However, most guitarists make the mistake of using the technique in the exact same way (often with the exact same patterns) every time they pick up their instrument to play. This quickly becomes boring for both the player and anyone who hears them play.”
“Fortunately, it is very easy to make double stops more creative and interesting. Essentially, there are 3 main elements you must learn and master: First, you must learn to use ALL of the notes in the blues scale within your double stops. Then you must build tension through prolonged silence. Finally, you need to apply heavy vibrato evenly to all notes in your double stop lick. Once you can do all of this, you can make a unique sounding blues double stop lick every single time you play.”
Hess also discusses a lesser known method for playing double stops:
“You can further enhance the creativity of your double stop by playing more than two notes at the same time. An easy way to do this is to bend a note on the 3rd string in your blues scale and then play another pair of notes on the first and second string using your ring finger or pinky to barre them.”
More information on Hess’s online blues guitar double stops (http://tomhess.net/
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