Roots And Octaves – Another Way To Look At Your Fretboard

Your guitar fretboard is a strange and wonderous place… and the longer I play the more I realize that each of us eventually develops our own mental model of it that helps us navigate around it. There are many ways to visualize, navigate, and understand the guitar fretboard… and if your aim is to one…

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Slow Blues Rhythmic Solo Ideas…

One of the first things most of my students go for when playing over a slow blues is more speed, and that doesn’t usually work out as intended. The thing with speed is that most of the times you’re dealing with a double – quarter notes go to eighth notes which are twice as fast,…

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Mannish Boy

Today’s video is another along the classic lines of the Muddy Waters classic, “Mannish Boy.” As we’ve seen in other videos, there are a lot of options and a lot of “right” ways to play this… so try them all and pick your favorite.

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Hoochie Koochie Man

This lesson is partly about how to play Hoochie Koochie Man, but more than that it’s about how to pay attention to the various ways people often play the same tune. If you take the time to make your ear familiar with common variations of classic tunes, then when you get on a jam session…

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How To Do Pinch Harmonics

Call ’em what you want, these are just fun. If you’ve ever wanted to sound more like Billy Gibbons and less like Muddy Waters then you’ll want to do this one… One note on the tone: overdrive is your friend. The more you have the easier it will be, so you’ll hear I’ve got a…

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John Lee Hooker Boom Boom Style Lesson

This is a fun little ditty in the style of John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom” and is a great example of something not too challenging that uses the blues call and response to great effect. I hope you dig it!

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Rhythmic Note Reading…

OK, this video’s a little longer than most… and even at around 40 minutes it’s not totally comprehensive, but it should give you just about all you need to know to figure out what beat notes are supposed to fall on. There’s a common practice most people do which is to learn the notes first,…

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So You Think You Know Your Blues Scales?

Blues Box 1 A minor Roots And Blue Notes

So… you think you know your blues boxes pretty good, huh? Well, you probably do, just not as well as you think. Because what happens is most students learn the boxes, up and down, from bottom to top and back. That’s great… it’s a great first step… But as I’ve said before, you really have…

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SRV Empty Arms Style Lesson

No mystery here… I dig Stevie Ray Vaughan and this is one of my favorite songs of his to play. It’s a little tricky on the count as you’ll see because there’s a bar of 2 in it. I’m making an educated guess as to how this is written out… my way may or may…

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The A6 to A9 Blues Rhythm Move

Want to add a little variety in your rhythm playing? Check out this quick little move that goes from a 6 chord (A6 in this case, but it would work anywhere ) and just by sliding it down 2 frets turns it into a 9th (A9 again in this case) chord. Downloads – MP4 |…

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