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The "Mary Had A Little Lamb" Lick
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The "Mary Had A Little Lamb" Lick

Today we are talking about the “Mary Had a Little Lamb” lick that was first created by Buddy Guy back in 1967. He had an album called, Man and the Blues, which I love, and it’s an album that influenced me and a lot of other people including Stevie Ray Vaughan.

It’s one of the great examples of playing a bass run, then getting right out of it and playing a rhythm lick. It’s kind of hard, and I find it quite difficult, because you have to stop that E note and then play your rhythm lick, which isn’t easy at all. And then it has a really nice fill.

If you are playing in a band situation and you miss a lick, just keep going and catch up as soon as you can. Do not stop.

Stevie Ray was an absolute master of that – playing all the rhythm and lead at the same time.

Until, next time, keep on playing.

Arlen Roth

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Music lesson pioneer Arlen Roth is the quintessential guitarist. An accomplished and brilliant musician — and one of the very few who can honestly say he’s done it all — Roth has, over the course of his celebrated 35-year career, played on the world’s grandest stages, accompanied many of the greatest figures in modern music and revolutionized the concept of teaching guitar. Read More...

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