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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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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