Lick of the Week - January 20, 2016

John Till — Cry Baby

This week’s lick is from Janis Joplin’s recording of "Cry Baby," featuring John Till of the Full Tilt Boogie Band on guitar. I’d say this was Janis’ best band, by far. The tune is from her Pearl album.

The lick is from the intro of the tune, and consists of fills between Janis’ powerful vocals. Till uses minor and major 6ths in the first two bars. Intervals of 6ths are covered on page 66 of Blues You Can Use, and in Lesson 8 of More Blues You Can Use. They are very useful in an accompaniment pattern, as well as in a solo. You can follow the chord progression, in this case C to F, and add color to the tune with their use.

The last fill makes use of pattern 1 of the C major pentatonic scale, played over a C major chord, again following the chord change.


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Cry Baby