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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Muddy Waters Catfish Blues Style Blues Guitar Lesson

In the wise words of good old Willie Brown back in 1986 – “Muddy Waters invented electricity!” Well… okay, maybe not, but it’s a great quote from an otherwise questionable movie (Ralph Macchio as a bluesman?) But I have digressed again… how about a blues guitar lesson? This lick from Catfish Blues and TONS of…

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Playing The Blues Like Freddie King

Freddie King is one of the blues guitar greats that inspired generations of guitarists with his music.  While there is no relation to Albert King or B.B. King, he is definitely considered to be a “King of the blues.” So I was going to do my own lesson for you on one of Freddie’s famous…

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Born Under A Bad Sign Style Blues Guitar Lesson

Alright so today I want to talk about cool blues riffs – and in particular I’m going to use Albert King’s “Born Under A Bad Sign” as my demonstration riff. Now, your first question might be, “What’s the difference between a lick and a riff?” I’m glad you asked… now I’m no expert on grammar…

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Double Your Mileage – Change Octaves

One of my mantras is “take what you know and learn to do more with it.” I say this a lot because a lot of people get hung up on learning more instead of learning how to do more with that they already know how to play. In my experience, it’s a lot easier to…

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Simple Arpeggio Playing

Simple Arpeggio Playing Over Open Chords Arpeggios often cause a lot of confusion because I think most people believe they can’t be that simple. In reality, an arpeggio is nothing more than breaking the notes of a chord up and playing them one at a time instead of all together (and as my kids like…

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Barre Chord Starter

Probably the biggest hurdle most guitar players go through is learning how to consistently play the barre chord shapes and actually get the notes to ring out. I’ve finally figured out, after many years of doing it “the old way,” that if I turn it around and start with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fingers…

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Joe Bonamassa On His ’59 Les Paul And More

In this video, courtesy of PremierGuitar, Joe Bonamassa talks about his new album Dust Bowl, and the ’59 Les Paul he’s been grabbing for a few songs a night. He also briefly describes the amps and pedalboards he is using for his own tour, and with Black Country Communion. If you haven’t heard of Joe…

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