Let’s Talk Technique…

As blues players, sometimes the word technique leaves a… less than desireable taste… Blues is about feeling the music and playing from your heart and leaving your soul bare on the stage for all to see and hear… But, how do you think you’re going to do that if you can’t play well? If I…

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How To Start Red House

First things first… this is not a “How to play Red House” lesson (I don’t want the Hendrix estate beating down my door!) However, I’ve recently heard a LOT of guitar players try to start this tune with a band… and many of them did not work out well. But the reason probably ain’t what…

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Trading Fours

Trading Fours is something that comes up a lot on gigs, but for some reason I rarely see it discussed. And since I was working with some students who asked about it, I made a video 🙂 Trading Fours is simply playing a solo for only 4 bars of the 12 bar blues progression at…

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Blues With A Buddy – Soloing 1

Not long ago, I did another video about what I call, “Blues With A Buddy,” and some rhythm ideas to try… And I said I’d do another video with some soloing ideas… so here you go! Enjoy, and give this a try for yourself.

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Blues With A Buddy – Slow Blues In E

The premise behind today’s lesson is this situation… You and a buddy are hanging out to play some guitar, but neither of you knows the same tune so you figure you’ll just play, “Blues In E.” That means, one of you will play rhythm while the other plays lead, then you’ll switch. Common courtesy is…

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Some Music Store Blues…

The idea behind today’s lesson is simple… you walk into a music and pull a guitar off the wall, what do you play? Doesn’t matter if it’s acoustic or electric, and doesn’t matter if you have a pick in your pocket or now – you should be able to play a little something. Of course,…

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Slow Blues Turnaround In G

Today’s video is just a fun turnaround lick in the key of G over a slow blues. It’s not too hard to play and has a real nice feel, so dig in! Download this video here

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Blues Keys Vs. Real Keys (With Video)

Here’s the thing… when we say we’re in a “key” in blues, we aren’t really in a key at all. It’s a convenience, but it’s not accurate. For example, when we say a blues is “in the key of E,” it’s not, really. That’s just something we say. And if you’re new to the blues,…

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How To Play Blues With More Feeling

In today’s video we’re going to talk about how to play the blues with more feeling… Now, obviously, I can’t make you feel more or less – that’s not really what we’re talking about. Nor am I going to tell you to ride more freight trains and have more pain and sorrow in your life…

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The Albert King Lick

Blues Guitar Lesson - The Albert King Lick

Yes, I know, there isn’t just one Albert King lick… But, this lick, or some variation of it, shows up in darn near every… single… song. So, it’s probably worth learning.

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