- Aug. 16, 2021
-- World-renowned virtuoso guitarist Tom Hess has unveiled his secrets to playing pentatonic 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 approach to creating expressive pentatonic guitar licks.
Hess's online resource about how to play blues guitar can be located on his website tomhess.net: https://tomhess.net/Pentatonic-Guitar-Licks