Billy Gibbons La Grange Style Lick

Here’s a lick in the style of something Billy Gibbons would play in the solo to La Grange. The riff is basically a C minor groove (C, Eb, and F power chords.) So the C minor pentatonic and blues scales are what you want to use. The key to this lick is to get the…

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Guitar Lesson: Double Stops

I’ve been talking on the BGU member forum via personal message about how to harmonize a major scale in 3rds and apply it to blues. It’s something that I do cover in Blues Guitar Unleashed but it’s a really broad topic and definitely something that could get many lessons devoted to it to cover it…

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Blues Scale For Guitar In A – The A Blues Boxes

You’ve probably heard of the “Blues Boxes” that I use a lot and they are used by many instructors around the world. The minor blues scale is fundamentally a pentatonic minor scale (root, b3, 4, 5, b7) with a 5b added. So in the key of A you have A, C, D, Eb, E, and…

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How To Use Jam Tracks

Today I have a rather long video at 32 minutes… But don’t leave just yet, this is important. So many people have a hard time turning their licks or rhythms into music. And along with that I see so many people making the same mistakes when it comes to learning the guitar. You see, we…

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Slow Blues Lick Lesson With Steve Trovato

Probably the one constant among all blues players is our love of the oh-so-soulful slow blues feel… Whether it be Stevie’s “Texas Flood,” Gary Moore’s “Still Got The Blues,” or Hendrix layin’ down a little “Red House,” there is just something about the old school slow blues sound that hits you where you need to…

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Albert King Style Lesson With Steve Trovato

You may know Steve Trovato from a variety of places, he’s taught extensively for USC, Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, Truefire, Hal Leonard, and many others over his illustrious career… but my favorite thing he’s done are the lessons he’s done for you here at Blues Guitar Unleashed 🙂 This one is the style of Albert…

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BB King Lesson With Steve Trovato

If you don’t know the name Steve Trovato, you are in for a real treat today. Aside from being on the faculty at USC’s prestigious Thornton School Of Music and Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, Steve has done dozens of videos and courses for big names like Hal Leonard, Lick Library, Truefire, and many others. He…

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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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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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