New To Me (and that doesn’t happen every day)

So in yesterday’s post I was talking about increasing your skill and technique so that you can lean on it “in the head of battle” so to speak. Often in music, and particularly in blues music, technique almost becomes a dirty word. But if we are truly students of our instrument, we need to take…

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Blues Lead Guitar

The folks over at Guitar World have released their 2010 edition of Blues Lead Guitar in a free, digital format. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newbay/blues_leadguitar2010/ In particular, I like the Robben Ford lessons and the discussion of SRV’s gear 🙂 Enjoy!

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Blues Rhythm Lesson – 2 Note Easy Chords

I’ve often heard it said that “kids should be seen and not heard.” It’s an old saying that I’m going to change to “rhythm guitarists should be barely heard when a solo is going on.” With inexperienced players getting together you get a lot of people all playing loud enough that they can be heard…

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The Home From Work Blues

Nothing makes me happier as a guitar teacher than seeing a student really “get it” and run with it. In this case one of our fearless BGU forum moderators, Wayne, took it upon himself to create a cool Muddy Waters style lesson to share with our community. And I have to say, he did a…

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String Bending Lesson With Marty Schwartz

A lot of my readers probably also know Marty Schwartz. I had never met Marty personally until just after the Play Crossroads competition several months back. As it turns out, Marty and I only live about 90 minutes apart. We both have families with small kids, so finding time to get together wasn’t easy. But…

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A6 to A9 Blues Rhythm Move

This is just a quick video lesson, but it’s a cool little rhythm move you’ll want to use when comping in a swing blues style. To download the video right click here

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Speedy Pentatonics

If you’re into the fast, blues/rock sounds of Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Gary Moore, or that kind of weird Griff Hamlin guy, then this video is for you. Buckle your seat belts and press play on the video with your guitar in hand…

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Jimmy Page Style 4 Note Pulloffs

Today’s video is all about a pentatonic 4 note sequence involving pulloffs. This has been stolen from Jimmy Page by pretty much everyone at some point. I don’t know who Jimmy Page stole it from, but you can bet it was some old blues man… So here’s the video, enjoy. The TAB is below. There…

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Merry Christmas Blues Lesson

While to some folks The Blues and Christmas don’t exactly go hand in hand, there have been some truly great Christmas blues songs recorded throughout the years. Honestly I really didn’t know about this until one of my students brought it to my attention

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9th chord substitutions

While we often talk about how blues is based around 7th chords, those are just suggested chords. In reality you can substitute the 7th chords for 9th chords… and you want to.

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