Keep Control Of The Ringing

This is a problem I see a lot of advanced beginners and intermediate players have… where things get all “ringy” because they aren’t controlling the extra vibrations with their picking hand. So in today’s live video, I’ll talk about why you should keep that picking hand palm actively muting at all times, and how you…

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The Janitor Story

My dad was a computer scientist, and he would ask me sometimes to be “his janitor…” Of course, I was puzzled, so I asked what that meant… Imagine, if you will, that it’s 2:00 in the morning, and you’re at the computer lab working on a problem that you haven’t been able to solve for…

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Be A Fool For Your Looper

First… this was filmed live before an audience of blues players around the world, so please pardon the few seconds at the beginning and the end while the stream fires up… In this video I wanted to talk about ZZ Top’s “Fool For Your Stockings” chords and form. It’s a great set of chords that…

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An EC Slow Blues Lick

This is just something fun for today… I stole this lick fair and square from Eric Clapton and it comes from his intro to “Reconsider Baby” from “From The Cradle.” It’s a great slow blues lick, and it works great over a shuffle, as you’ll see. Also, since it violates the “not starting on beat…

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Tweedlies Are Your Salt And Pepper

Wanna take a boring old scale and make it cool? Here’s how… I call them “tweedlies,” but probably the proper term for these types of things are ornaments – it’s a quick hammer-on/pull-off combo that you can use in your minor pentatonic box. I see Clapton, Matt Schofield, BB King, and lots of great players…

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Thump Bass And Little Chords

This acoustic blues guitar lesson was filmed live before a studio audience ๐Ÿ˜‰ When you play music, in general, you need 3 things to make it sound musical – rhythm, harmony, and melody. Using “thump bass” you can provide a nice rhythmic pulse, and using either a brush stroke or your other fingers, you can…

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Lots Of Approaches…

Today’s video is not necessarily a lesson, but it’s no less important… In fact, in many ways it’s more important, because it can give you direction and purpose – two things often lacking where music is concerned. A student asked me on the forum about “what to be thinking about when improvising,” and at first…

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It’s Voodoo Child… Basically

I’m always one to try and avoid the wrath of the copyright police… but basically this is how to play “Voodoo Chile” using a wah pedal and the E Minor Pentatonic scale in Box 4. So while I called this something like “SRV/Hendrix Wah Stylings,” I think we all know what we’re talking about ๐Ÿ™‚

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Finding Songs To Play

If you’ve been through my Beginning Blues Guitar or Strumming And Rhythm Mastery courses, then you’ve undoubtedly heard of the “Most Popular Strum In The World” (and make sure to imagine the voice of the most Interesting Man In The World guy from the commercials when you say it…) Well, someone asked me how to…

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Acoustic Open D Tuning Elmore James Slide Guitar Lesson

I was listening to some blues radio and “Dust My Broom” by Elmore James was on… And I was struck by how he tended to use a very simple, characteristic lick (you know it’s him a mile away) but it never got old even though he used it throughout the song. Well, there’s a lesson…

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