Blues Guitar Phrasing - Ending Licks On Chord Tones

Published on 28 August 2021
While the most important element of staring a blues lick is usually when you start it... the most important element of ending a blues lick is that last note. In this lesson you'll see that the notes you choose to play aren't always as important as where you end. In jazz, this is the idea behind "outside" playing, where you play notes that don't "belong" on purpose to create additional tension in your ideas - but similar to playing the blues, where you end those licks (and all your licks) ties it all up - for better or for worse. If you dig this video, consider heading over to and checking out some of my premium blues guitar lessons or sign up for my email list where I'll share a lot more than I share here on YouTube.