I agree with you hb. I am totally self taught. I play most blues riffs on fretless 3 string cbg's using a slide. I have found that tuning to open tuning such as G, A, and D then use the 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 12th fret positions the most to bust out blues riffs. To me the most important was to keep it simple so I could sing along with it. After you get comfortable with the song and each note feels natural you can then add to it. I would agree with Doc Oakroot that learning the major, minor and pentatonic scales are a must- maybe I will do that myself someday : )
HOLLOWBELLY said:my biggest tip is to hang around the 3rd fret-otherwise known as 'the bluesmans friend' and with good reason.
put slide down on the skinny string on the 3rd fret, then same string open.throw a finger down on the middle string 3rd fret-believe me theres many a tune right there-play around and a gr8 riff is almost guaranteed to emerge.