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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Owning The 12 Bar Blues

A lot of times, if you’re new to playing the blues, or new to guitar in general, and you’re trying to solo it’s super easy to get lost in the form… So here’s a little live lesson I did yesterday on the YouTubes and Facebooks where I’ll give you some ideas on some ways to…

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The 2+3 Pentatonic Minor Pattern

You may remember I did a video on what I call the “3+2 Pattern,” so it made sense to add in the “2+3” version of the minor pentatonic pattern as well. Again, it’s a great pattern to help you move around the fretboard quickly, but it uses your 3rd finger (you could call it “left…

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The 3+2 Pentatonic Minor

This pentatonic minor pattern is one of my favorites for a couple of different reasons… First, it’s easy to remember because you play the same thing over and over again – the whole pattern is only 2 strings ๐Ÿ™‚ But also, it’s cool for a “get up and get out” from where you’re currently playing.…

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How Many Scales Do You Need?

Today is a little bit listening, but with a purpose, so maybe grab some coffee… It’s not uncommon, if you’re kind of new to playing the blues, to think that the “same old” blues scale we all use a lot is not getting you what you want out of it. In other words, people come…

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