Double Stop Box 4 Lick

Nothing today but a great lick you can use when it’s time to go around again for your “second 12.” I often tell students to get up and out of the “basement” when the 2nd pass at a solo comes… so here’s an idea you can use when that happens. Downloads – This Video |…

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Playing Guitar In Retirement?

Now, I realize that not everyone who reads my emails and blog posts is at retirement age, but I know that a lot of you are… And one of the emails that I often get is from new retirees who now feel like they should have all this time to practice… but they find they…

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Trills, Tweedlies, and Turns, Oh My!

In today’s blues lead lesson we’re going to talk about something called “ornaments,” in the classical world… And while this ain’t classical music by any means, these ornaments are still pretty darn cool, and worth your time to start mastering. There are 3, the trill, the “tweedlie” (a mordent, I believe, if you want to…

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It Works!

Today, hopefully I have a little inspiration for you… Sometimes it’s fun to just go on YouTube and search for Griff Hamlin or Blues Guitar Unleashed, and scroll down a couple of pages. Because when I do, I often find recordings of my students playing what they’ve learned. Of course, they often post on the…

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No Clapping On 1 & 3!

As the saying goes, “Friends don’t let friends clap on 1 and 3…” So, yes, today’s video is with a little tongue-in-cheek irreverence… but it’s still important (we can have some fun and still do the good work ๐Ÿ˜‰ This isn’t hard at all, in terms of what we’re playing, it’s a simple blues progression…

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Ain’t Nobody’s Business – Freddie King

The tune, “Ain’t Nobody’s Business,” as done by Freddie King is one of my favorite songs of all time. Freddie’s playing and the Gospel infused chord progression are just some of the coolest music there is, in my humble opinion. So in today’s video I’d like to share the chords and structure of the song…

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The Blues Squeeze…

Lots of folks think that in order to really make the blues sing, you have to use a major sound (or a major blues scale) over the I chord, and then switch to the minor blues sound (or scale, same thing) over the IV and V chord. And, truth be told, it’s probably one of…

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Blues Rhythm Lesson On Chord Substitutions

In this lesson we’re going to talk about some ideas for replacing the good ole’ 7th chord with maybe some 9th, 11th, or 13th chords (oh my!) All of these chords are covered in my Blues Guitar Unleashed course if you’ve stumbled upon this blog post from YouTube or Facebook and aren’t sure where to…

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E Major Pentatonic/Blues Riff Factory

There are SO many blues riffs that come from the notes in the open E Major Pentatonic and Blues Scales that you owe it to yourself to get really comfortable with these shapes and this form. So in today’s video, I’ll walk you through an idea that I came up with quickly, but you could…

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Trading Fours Over A Shuffle In C With Box 1

Super catchy title today, don’t you think? Well, I couldn’t come up with anything fun, but it’s really fun to play guitar so grab yours and join me ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s no TAB or downloads for this one… just play along!

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