Freddie King 4 Note Solo Licks

There’s a great video of Freddie King doing “Big Legged Woman” live in Europe that I was checking out on the YouTube the other day (https://youtu.be/HXXkD7Dvq_E if you want to see it.) And I noticed as I watched it that Freddie basically stay right in the “4 Note Solo” box for darn near a whole…

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Play Along With Me…

There is one important part of learning to play guitar (and blues soloing in particular) that I think gets too often overlooked. Shoot, even I don’t do this as often as I should. But I can remember as a kid just putting on tapes (or CDs, or even just the radio at times) and just…

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Facebook Live from June 16, 2017

Earlier today I went on Facebook for a little live Q&A session (plus some playing and teaching, of course) and ended up hanging for about an hour! Obviously I don’t always have so much free time, but it was a great session and I think we covered a lot of good things. So, I’ll embed…

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Beginning Blues Soloing Without Thinking About Scales…

Have you always wanted to play blues solos but aren’t so interested in going through such a steep learning curve? You might think you have to learn a bunch of scales or “boxes” or “patterns”… and then there’s the music theory and all these “licks” people keep talking about? “Can’t you just play?” Yes, you…

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Major And Minor Pivot Points

My disclaimer here: if you’re not already soloing, this will probably be over your head. Which means that, while I’ll encourage you to watch it and file it away for later, don’t plan on being able to play stuff like this any time soon. Now if you are soloing, you know that the big secret…

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BB King, Box 2, and the 4 Note Solo Box…

This is a video recorded from a Facebook Live session I did to try and clarify some differences and similarities between the so-called “BB King Box,” my “4 Note Solo” Pattern, and good old “Box 2” of the pentatonic scale. Apologies for the lower quality than normal, it was captured from Facebook and I chose…

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Don’t Lie Rhythm

Surprisingly (to me, anyway) I’ve had a lot of requests recently to demonstrate one of my own songs. It’s an older one, but “Don’t Lie” always seems to be a favorite, so today I’ll walk you through the basic rhythm and changes for the song. And if you’ve never heard, there’s a fun video below…

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How to play blues rhythm (in a shuffle)

Let’s say you’re going to an open jam, or you want to play with some friends, and someone says, “Hey, let’s play Matchbox in C.” Do you know what to do? What if you don’t know that song, does it matter? Chances are, it doesn’t matter a lick (pardon the pun) as long as the…

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A Blues Turnaround With The Blues Half Step Ending

This is something fun you can use either by yourself or with a band… This is the TAB for the version where you use the V chord to start the form again. For the end, just change the F9->E9 to Bb7->A7 (or 9, or 13 if you want… have fun with it!) Download – MP4…

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Start A Tune Otis Rush Style…

Nothing but fun today – it’s a great way to start a tune and it ain’t that hard to play. Dig it! Download this video – MP4 | WMV By the way, the Tore Down rhythm I refer to also in this video is in Blues Guitar Unleashed, along with about 30 other great lessons!

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