- July 5, 2021
-- World-renowned virtuoso guitarist Tom Hess has unveiled his secrets to playing advanced blues guitar licks in an online resource.
In his online guitar resource, Hess talks about the reasons why most blues guitar players are unable to get the greatest expressive potential out of one of the most iconic blues guitar techniques, the double stop.
Hess says, "Although common double stop patterns sound cool, most guitarists miss out on their full expressive potential because of the following three reasons: First, these common patterns are used all the time in guitar solos, making one's playing sound unoriginal if they use them frequently. Second, many guitarists never think creatively about how to use blues guitar double stops to enhance their phrases. Finally, the awesome intensity and tension that starts common blues double stop patterns is instantly resolved as both notes sound in unison together after the double stop bend is finished. Ultimately, this minimizes the intensity and expressive effect of the technique."
Hess then goes on to name the 'elements' in his secret formula to creating expressive blues guitar double stops:
"The main elements to a killer double stop lick are unexpected and prolonged dissonance (for building intensity), heavy vibrato applied to all the notes in the double stop at once and 'adding additional notes of the scale' to fill out the lick and make it more unique. By combining all of these elements together, you will be able to create very expressive and unique licks that will make your blues playing sound mean and aggressive."
Hess's online resource about how to play blues guitar can be located on his website tomhess.net: https://tomhess.net/Blues-Guitar-Double-Stop-Bends