Guitar Legend Gary Moore And His Monster Tone

Earlier this year, we lost the true guitar legend, Gary Moore.  I have been, and still am, a big fan of Moore for his playing, songwriting, versatility, and most importantly his tone.  Moore was a guitar monster, and could play alongside guitar greats Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page.  Moore’s music is inspiring and…

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Muddy Waters Catfish Blues Style Blues Guitar Lesson

In the wise words of good old Willie Brown back in 1986 – “Muddy Waters invented electricity!” Well… okay, maybe not, but it’s a great quote from an otherwise questionable movie (Ralph Macchio as a bluesman?) But I have digressed again… how about a blues guitar lesson? This lick from Catfish Blues and TONS of…

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Lightnin’ Hopkins And Early Texas Blues

I have received a lot of great comments on some of the posts I put up about early blues men… so, I want to continue my “listening party” with a spotlight on Lightnin’ Hopkins. Hopkins was an early Texas blues man, known for his hard boogie-woogie rhythms, signature leads, and rough vocals. About.com has a…

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Playing The Blues Like Freddie King

Freddie King is one of the blues guitar greats that inspired generations of guitarists with his music.  While there is no relation to Albert King or B.B. King, he is definitely considered to be a “King of the blues.” So I was going to do my own lesson for you on one of Freddie’s famous…

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B.B. King and Lucille

B.B. King has touched the hearts of music fans all over the world, including my own.  I found a gem while I was cruising YouTube and wanted to share it with you.  It’s the story of how Lucille, B.B. King’s famous guitar, got her name.  You may have heard the story before, but I really…

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Keeping The Blues Alive with Joe Bonamassa

The list of blues artists on today’s music charts is unfortunately getting shorter and shorter.  Joe Bonamassa is an artist doing everything he can to use his blues roots and stay in the music game.  This isn’t the first time that I have mentioned that name, but I thought I would give you a little…

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Born Under A Bad Sign Style Blues Guitar Lesson

Alright so today I want to talk about cool blues riffs – and in particular I’m going to use Albert King’s “Born Under A Bad Sign” as my demonstration riff. Now, your first question might be, “What’s the difference between a lick and a riff?” I’m glad you asked… now I’m no expert on grammar…

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Getting’ Down With The Delta Blues

A lot of blues guitarists look to recent blues legends like B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Eric Clapton for influences in their playing.  But then there are other guitarists that dig even deeper in blues history to shape their playing styles; guitarists like Robert Johnson and Lightnin’ Hopkins are on their playlists.  If you…

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See Me In 3D

When I was at USC studying music, I had the good fortune of working with Steve Trovato. If you don’t know Steve, he’s a helluva guitar player and he’s published dozens (just that I know of) instructional books, DVDs, magazine articles, and whatever else. Well not too long after college, Steve called me about doing…

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Learning Guitar The Roundabout Way…

Let’s say you really want to play a song – any song will do but let’s pick Stevie Ray’s “Pride & Joy” as an example. But right now, you don’t play very well. You can’t play any songs at all. So you spend the next 3 months hunched over the TAB and Youtube videos until…

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