What’s A Blues Scale And How Do You Play It

I know that some folks are going to see this video and roll their eyes a little because it seems basic… But if you’ve not played a blues scale on your guitar before, and you don’t know where to start where that is concerned, it’s a SUPER important concept that needs to be addressed. So…

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The “Tore Down” Rhythm & More…

While you may have seen another lesson I did more specifically on the classic rhythm figure (riff) Eric Clapton uses in “I’m Tore Down,” this is a little different take on it. I’ll run you through it real quick and then I’ll show you a couple of cool variations. It’s best to learn the note…

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Easy Ways To Start Your Blues Solos

With a lot of students, they learn some scales and patterns and then when it’s time to solo they get “paralysis by analysis” and end up playing close to nothing! Here are a couple of solid options that you can lean on when you “get the nod” and it’s your turn to take your solo……

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Bending More Effectively

Today’s short video is not a complete bending tutorial, but more aimed at you if you can sort of bend, but they don’t always seem to make sense. There are reasons we bend, and sometimes there are reasons we don’t ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your job is to understand the difference between the two… and why we bend…

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Solo Shuffle Strum Pattern From Comping Pattern

A little while back I did a lesson on a BB King lick that I particularly enjoy… and I played a little rhythm into my looper to demonstrate the lick… I was asked how I came up with that strum and if I could make a lesson out of it, so here it is ๐Ÿ™‚…

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How To Jam By Yourself As A Beginner

So… today’s lesson is more for the beginners… but it might be quite useful to some of you more experienced players as well. Because even though you might be familiar already with all of the things I’m about show you… you may not have thought to put them all together in quite this same way.…

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How To Add Some Variety To Your Solos

It’s super easy to get stuck in a steady steam of 1/8th notes when you solo… So in today’s video I’ll give you a couple of ideas on ways to break out of that rut and add some more variety to your blues solos. Hope you dig this and I hope it inspires you to…

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BB King Let The Good Times Roll Lick

This is a fun lick that shows off BB King’s incredible use of my favorite thing – rhythm. It’s a simple pattern, one I commonly call the House Pattern, with a slight variation towards the end that’s cool to see in use. But the main thing is… (drum roll please) the counting! You get to…

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Double Stop Box 4 Lick

Nothing today but a great lick you can use when it’s time to go around again for your “second 12.” I often tell students to get up and out of the “basement” when the 2nd pass at a solo comes… so here’s an idea you can use when that happens. Downloads – This Video |…

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Trills, Tweedlies, and Turns, Oh My!

In today’s blues lead lesson we’re going to talk about something called “ornaments,” in the classical world… And while this ain’t classical music by any means, these ornaments are still pretty darn cool, and worth your time to start mastering. There are 3, the trill, the “tweedlie” (a mordent, I believe, if you want to…

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