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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Walk In My Shadow Lesson

This is a song that’s a great example of a variation on what I commonly called the “tore down” rhythm. And there are a LOT of variations on that same idea. But if you remember the original of this from the band Free, and later from Joe Bonamassa (with Paul Rodgers of Free singing,) you’ll…

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Subtractive Rhythm

When does less equal more? When you subtract to add to your rhythm… Confused? Me too… so just watch the video ๐Ÿ™‚ Download this video – MP4 | WMV

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How To Learn Fast Blues/Rock Licks

On one hand, I’ve got a great lick for you today if you’re a blues/rock kind of player. On the other hand, if you change this from straight feel and fast to swing feel and slower, you could use it over a more traditional feel as well. But mostly, this is about how to look…

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Pick A Spot…

Let’s say you want to improve your blues soloing and you’re a little tired of just playing the pentatonic/blues scale over the entire 12 bar blues the whole time… You want to “open things up a little” but it seems daunting to go from what I call level 1 soloing (playing minor pentatonic/blues the whole…

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Johnny Winter “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” Lick

Nothing but a fun lick today… If you’re a blues rocker, you’ll totally dig Johnny Winter’s version of “Good Morning Little School Girl” and how he uses this lick is super cool. If you’re not a blues rocker, and instead prefer your blues on the slower side, then you’ll totally dig how this lick works…

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Little Red Rooster and Open G Tuning

While “Little Red Rooster” certainly isn’t the only song out there in open G tuning… it’s one that you’ll have a hard time not playing once you start ๐Ÿ™‚ And there are literally dozens of versions of that song, so in this video I’ll show you how to get your guitar into open G tuning…

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Blues Phrasing – How You End Your Licks Matters

We spend a fair amount of time talking about how (or, more accurately, when) you start blues licks… but we don’t often talk about how they end. And you might also wonder a lot about the concept of phrasing – how you string your notes together into phrases that are coherent and make sense. Well…

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