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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How To End Your Blues Licks

One of the things I hear the most from less experienced soloists is the tendency to let the ends of your licks just sort of “hang there…” No “sugar” on them, no nothing. The brain just sort of checks out and leaves a dial tone… not super appealing. So here are some ideas for how…

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Easy Blues In E With Variations

At some point in every blues guitar player’s life, you are going to play “Blues In E…” So you might as well have a little fun with ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’re new to it, this will get you started. If you want a couple of variations to make it interesting – I got that too. Dig…

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Blues Rock Minor 7th Chord

The Minor 7th chord is a blues-rock staple as you’ll see in this video. You might be familiar with it in a more traditional fingering, but for the blues-rock thing you need to break it apart and use it in 2 pieces. Plus we’ll have some fun with a vibe effect ๐Ÿ™‚ Download this video…

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1 1/2 Step Bending Lick

This is just a cool lick that utilizes the House Pattern and a nice step-and-a-half bend to make you sound like Albert and/or BB King… Download this video – MP4 | WMV

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What Does It Mean To Play In Time?

You hear all the time about “playing in time,” and “keeping good time,” or “playing in the pocket…” But what does that really mean? In this video we’ll talk about it and I’ll give you a way you can practice it a bit with the basic blues scale. Download this video – MP4 | WMV

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Blues In A With The A Minor Blues Scale

Don’t you just wish sometimes you could sit down, grab a guitar, and just play? I often call that “Playing On The Porch” style playing, because it reminds me of my youth and playing on the porch or in the living room with my family when we would all get together. Turns out, that style…

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Many Ways To Blues Solos

A lot of folks wonder about how the blues scale(s) and the blues chords go together… Well, there’s no 1 right answer, there are (as with most things) a lot of answers. Some are easier, some are not ๐Ÿ™‚ So in today’s video we’ll talk about some of the options and hopefully you’ll get an…

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