How To Use Aggressive Blues Double Stops To Make Your Blues Guitar Playing Sound Killer

Stop using the same generic blues double stop patterns over and over! By doing this, you are only limiting your creative potential and making your blues guitar playing sound 'just like everyone else'.

Instead of doing this, you need to learn how to make your own unique, creative and highly aggressive blues double stop licks. To do this, you must combine bends and vibrato with your double stops in a way that most guitarists have never even considered.

Watch the video below now and find out how you can start playing killer blues double stops that will make your blues guitar playing sound totally badass:

Click on the video to begin watching it.


Check  other guitar playing videos, available to my YouTube subscribers - follow my channel by clicking the button below:


Question: Should You Learn To Play Blues Guitar Alone Or With A Teacher?

Every guitar player wonders this at some point in their advancement as guitarist.

Do blues guitarists need to work with a teacher too, or is this only for rock/shredder types who want to get virtuosos skills?


Taking guitar lessons is absolutely the best choice to improve your skills, no matter what style you play in.

It’s especially helpful for blues guitarists because it opens the door to many things that such players overlook (such as techniques, scales or skills that are not normally considered “blues”, but actually sound great in this style!

You make an incredible amount of improvement in your blues guitar skills by taking lessons with an awesome guitar teacher who has already shown other players just like you how to take their playing to a new dimension.

That said:

What is it about working with a guitar teacher that makes getting better remarkably easier than learning everything by yourself?

There are actually lots of reasons why, but among the most essential is that a guitar instructor gets rid of all the uncertainty involved in becoming a much better guitar player.

Unsure of what to work on to get better at soloing in 12 bar blues? Wondering why you are unable to play that one cool blues guitar lick you're always messing with? Your guitar teacher will help you learn these things, so you can immediately improve upon them.

That's not all:

Your guitar teacher also helps you improve your playing in subtle ways you just never would've considered by yourself (or found online) because of their expertise.

Don't wait to begin taking guitar lessons.

The longer you wait, the longer it takes to attain your musical goals and become the guitarist you wish to be.

Begin today and make a breakthrough in your guitar playing like never before by taking lessons. Here are just a few examples of how my own students’ musical lives have been changed by taking lessons:




How To Make Your Blues Guitar Phrases Sound Better

Blues guitar solos or licks not sounding expressive or musical enough?

When you create a new guitar phrase, stay on it a bit longer before moving on to a new phrase.

Here is how to do this:

  1. Think of a small 3-4 note guitar phrase or use a phrase you already know.
  2. Play the phrase but change the ending 2-4 notes of it.
  3. Repeat step 2, but change the first (or the middle) few notes, then try this:

    Ornament some notes differently using legato, speed picking, vibrato or any other techniques you are comfortable with.

    Change the rhythm (make some notes longer).

    If the phrase is part of a sequence, play/extend the sequence further (or play the phrase in a new octave).

This helps you to get more mileage out of a single phrase before you move on to a new phrase.

Of course, you don’t have to do all of these things all at once or in the same order, the point is simply to do more than simply play a new phrase once and immediately move to a new phrase next.

Next, when you are ready to move to a new phrase, ask yourself the question:

“What do I want to hear next?”

This helps you choose the most appropriate phrase to play next that sounds like a natural evolution of the previous phrase.

For more ideas for creating phrases, listen to solos by John Petrucci, Yngwie Malmsteen or Steve Vai and notice how the phrases in their solos follow the above description.

Avoid This Mistake While Playing Scales In Your Blues Guitar Solos

One of the biggest issues that blues guitarists make with scale runs in their solos is having a lack of vibrato in their musical phrases or using vibrato that is too narrow/fast.

This sounds a bit off unless you are B.B. King.

Here is what to do in order to make your vibrato and guitar scales sound better:

Listen to the players from all kinds of rock genres who have great vibrato and focus on the sound they produce (good places to start are the great guitarists mentioned in the section above).

Sometimes we get so used to the sound of our own playing that we don't know any other way it should or shouldn’t sound.

It’s easier to improve your vibrato when you can hear the difference between how your playing sounds now and what it sounds like when others play it.

After you get the basic sound of vibrato down, practice applying it to every note in a scale as part of your usual scale practice. This refines it to make it feel natural in soloing.

Improve your musical timing with the technique by using a metronome & timing each pulse of the vibrato to each beat.

Learning to play killer double stops feels awesome, but there is much more to becoming a great blues player than this - Take your blues guitar skills to the highest level with these electric guitar lessons online.

© 2002-2023 Tom Hess Music Corporation