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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The Half-Whole Diminished Sound

Today’s video is not for everyone, and I get that… Some folks love this type of sound, some folks down, and either way is okay. I’m not saying you have to learn this and make it part of your everyday playing (unless you love it like I do,) but you should be aware of it.…

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Play Cooler By Playing Slower

Who doesn’t want to sound cooler and at the same time play slower? It seems that when you want to add some excitement and “mix it up” in your solos, that you should play faster, right? I think most of us think that way… But what you really want to do is add some interest,…

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Wind Cries Mary (Sort Of)

In today’s video you’ll (sort of) see how to play Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix… I say “sort of” because I’m not going to walk you through it note for note perfect… instead I want you to look at it a little differently. You see, at some point, you’re going to want to learn…

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