What’s A Chart Supposed To Be?

As a guitar player we are often faced with “charts…” Either we’re reading them to know how a song goes, or we’re writing them in hopes of sharing a song with a band or a friend or a group. Now, growing up in the before-times (before the internet) and hanging around jazz musicians, charts were…

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Alternatives To The “Blues In E” Rhythm

The “Blues In E” rhythm is one of the most quintessential blues rhythm figures on the planet… almost no other rhythm on your guitar sounds as “blues” as this one. And as long as it’s an E or an A, it’s not too hard to play. Those are open positions, and the stretch is no…

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Gary Clark Jr. When My Train Pulls In Lesson

Nothing but a fun lesson today from a new Gary Clark Jr. song called, “When My Train Pulls In.” This was brought to my attention recently, and while I’m a bit familiar with Gary Clark Jr., I’ve been trying to hear more of his music. He’s become quite popular recently as a modern blues player.…

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The L.H.M.P. Method

I really wish LHMP spelled something cool… that would be really great and make this even more memorable. And believe me, I tried… I tried to get something that would make a word, but sometimes you just can’t force it. Anyway, here’s the story behind this (there is always a story…) Do you find that…

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G&L Doheny Demo

Believe it or not, G&L does not stand for “Griff & Laura,” though it’s a striking coincidence… especially considering Leo’s old haunt is mere minutes from my home in Corona (they’re still on Fender Ave. in Fullerton.) And luckily, they occasionally ask me to try stuff out and they make videos. Well that happened last…

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8 Bar Blues With A Bridge

Today’s video is based on a request for a video about how to play Peter Green’s “Need Your Love So Bad.” So I checked it out and I really like how it’s an 8 bar form with a bridge. It made a good lesson so here you go… enjoy! Download the video – MP4 |…

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Better Practicing With Technology.

It’s a great time to be a guitar player…  I know it sounds like me being old, but “back in the old days” the idea of being able to slow down sections, loop them without having to take your hands off the guitar, and generally doing everything you can to a track to make it…

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Blues Listening With Chris Cain

Chris Cain is one of my personal favorite guitar players on the planet… he’s also arguably one of the most “under-the-radar” blues players you’ll never hear of. His style is somewhat of a mix between classic BB King and modern Robben Ford with some occasional extra tasty stuff from a suitcase full of licks that…

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The Soloing Tripod

Having done this for a long time (over 30 years) I’ve come across a LOT of different pieces of advice on how to approach blues soloing… “Just listen to the records and try to copy it…” “You gotta learn the licks first…” “Play your blues scales in every position every day for a year and…

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An Under-The-Radar Overdrive Pedal

So… I was doing some Facebook Live time yesterday to show a pedal that is new to me. It’s not a new pedal, by any means, it’s been around for many years and is just a run-of-the-mill Boss OD3. It’s just labeled “Overdrive.” But as you’ll hear – it’s a GREAT pedal and if you…

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