W.C. Clark: Godfather Of The Austin Blues Music Scene

As I was looking for a good “Cold Shot” video by Stevie Ray Vaughan, I stumbled across a video of the song performed by W.C. Clark.  I had to do some more research on Clark and come to find out he was the original co-writer of the song with keyboardist Mike Kindred.  Then through a…

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Blues From The Soul With Seasick Steve

Any great blues musician will tell you that playing the blues is all about telling a story.  In recent years, Seasick Steve has toured the world bringing his story to the stage with his voice, his collection of do-it-yourself instruments, and his soul.  I collected a few of his videos that are raw, uncut blues…

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Stealing Licks And “Stock Phrases”

One of my Blues Guitar Unleashed members posted this clip up on the member forum and I think it’s just great. In it, Clapton talks about his use of what he calls “stock phrases,” but a lot of us would call them licks or riffs… So first, check out this video. It’s only a few…

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The Signature Sound Of Blues Guitarist, Robert Cray

Most interviewers have asked Robert Cray if he considers himself a blues guitarist.  The answer that I have been able to find is that Cray draws inspiration from the blues, but also incorporates Soul, R&B, and Gospel into a lot of his own music.  This mash up of music styles have helped Cray define his…

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Celebrating Blues And Rock Guitar With Rory Gallagher

One of the great guitarists that doesn’t get nearly enough attention, in my opinion, is Rory Gallagher.  Gallagher was a great blues rock guitarist in the 1960s, 70s and 80s that came out of the music scene in Ireland. Gallagher was a powerhouse on stage who influenced some of the greatest guitarists in music including…

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Guitar Pedals: Overdrive And Distortion Stomp Box Comparison and Shootout

Plain and simple… I love pedals. I have an addiction and I just love how you can grab a new pedal (relatively) cheaply and have a whole new sound. This video is longer than most, but if you’ve been wondering about what pedal you should get, this will probably help out a lot if you…

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Excerpts From The Blues Special At The White House

In honor of the recent PBS special at the White House, “Red, White and Blues,” I thought I would share excerpts from the show with you.  Hopefully you were able to catch the whole show this last Monday night, but in case you didn’t the show has been released on YouTube for all of us…

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Playing The Blues On The Resonator Guitar

I recently picked up a resonator guitar and have really enjoyed messing around with it.  So I thought it would be fun to do a little research about resonator guitars and check out some videos with guitarists playing their own guitars.  I put together a few of my favorite videos featuring resonator guitarists and even…

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Work On Your Feel With Funk Guitar Basics

One of the most common questions I get about playing guitar is developing a “feel” for rhythm comping.  Every guitarist has a different approach to rhythm comping, and there are a lot of different ways to use it in different styles of music.  One way to practice different styles of rhythm guitar comping is playing…

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How To Write A Song In 5 Minutes Or Less

Usually when I tell my students they can write a song in 5 minutes I get a big eye-roll and a “yeah right!” sort of comment. But the truth is that with a little bit of theory under your belt, writing music really isn’t all that complex for the most part. Try this out: Now…

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