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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Where To Make The Bends In Blues Boxes

It seems there is a lot of confusion about bends… which is a shame because they are THE coolest thing about playing guitar. Bends allow us to do on a guitar what few other instruments can do… it’s incredibly expressive and, done right, almost impossible to really imitate any other way. But – with great…

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Further On Up The Road Intro

This tune seems to be really popular as I have received a LOT of questions about what Joe is playing for the intro of this tune… Instead of answering all the questions one at a time, I decided it was high time to just break it down for you. Here’s the YouTube clip of Joe…

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Stairstepping Down

This is an idea I call “stairstep” pentatonics… and I stole it from Robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa, Eric Johnson, and some other modern blues players. I’ll provide the tab under the video, but this really only works if you understand the pattern and practice it until it’s memorized – not just memorize the notes. If…

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