Fun With BOTH Blue Notes

Today’s little blues soloing lesson is another situation sort of like the 4 note solo… If you can find your root note, you can put not only the 3rd, and 5th from the major blues sound, but you can put the b3 and 4 from the minor blues scale. If you then add in the…

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Finding Major Pentatonics From A Shape Barre Chords

If you know the Major Pentatonic/Blues Scale, chances are you only know it from a 6th string root, which is fine until you need one from a 5th string root… Here is a great trick to use a chord shape that you probably use all the time, and good old box 1, which you probably…

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3 BB King Licks That Don’t Use The House Pattern

When most folks talk about how BB King solos, they tend to refer to what I call the “house” pattern, sometimes also known as the “BB Box.” It’s basically a grouping of notes that can be easily morphed into either a major or minor pentatonic/blues sound, but that’s not the point of this video –…

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When It All Goes South :(

I make no bones about the fact that, for me, playing in a group, with a band, at a jam, or even just with a friend or two – is what it’s all about. The reason we practice and learn chords, riffs, scales, and soloing patterns is so that we can eventually get to that…

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Buddy Guy Approach To Slow Blues Soloing

Buddy Guy is one of the absolute last living blues legends (if not the last) and I’ve been listening to some of his music more often lately… I wanted to do a lesson on some essential Buddy Guy licks… but he’s somewhat of a chameleon, able to adapt and change based on the situation and…

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Adding Notes To Pentatonic Scales Without Thinking

I know this might seem odd… but I like to add notes to my pentatonic and blues scale boxes without having to really think too much… So, to that end, there are a couple of spots in the boxes where those extra notes just fit, and they are easy to see and use. In this…

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Mike Bloomfield IV to I Lick

This is a lick I heard Mike Bloomfield do and I just love it… it’s a move that I find myself doing, but I didn’t realize just where I’d stolen it from 🙂 So we’re gonna do two things today – first, I’m gonna show you the lick… But then, I want to show you…

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Don’t Poke The Root Note…

This is one of those things that I see many of my less experienced blues soloists do… In fact, I see it in my son’s jazz band at school, it’s just a common thing when you’re not as sure about what you’re going to play next. The tendency is to not want to leave empty…

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More Little Chords & Inversions

A lot folks get stuck playing the same-old-same-old chords and patterns when it comes to blues rhythm playing… but it doesn’t have to be that way. When you realize that there are only 4 ways to invert a 7th chord (our bread and butter of the blues) and you probably already know 3 of them…

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Clapton’s Secret Move?

There is a particular move that I see Eric Clapton do that seems to be a bit unique to his style… And since so many of you have been asking for more analysis and insight into Clapton’s playing, I thought I would delve into this particular box 1 to box 5 shift that Clapton does.…

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