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I use this riff all the time as a way to either end a blues jam or adapt it a little bit into a blues turnaround if I want to keep playing. I’ve demonstrated the lick in the key of C, but you should learn it in all the other keys too! That will really help your versatility and keyboard knowledge.
Seeing as this is a blues lick, you’re going to want to think pentatonically. I’ve broken the lick down into four easy steps…
Start on a ‘C’ note an octave above middle C, and move down one full-tone jump to B-flat.
Move chromatically down from B-flat to G. That means you’re going to play every key between those two notes.
Now it’s time for a big ‘bluesy’ jump down from G to the minor 3rd: E-flat.
Then, simply raise that 3rd into a MAJOR 3rd, then jump down to land on middle C.
It’s super simple but it sounds iconic, and if you’re into bluesy-styled playing, this lick is great to add to your repertoire! Once you’ve got a handle on practicing this riff, try to put it in a blues improv. It’ll make for a great ending to any jam session!
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