Major And Minor Pivot Points

My disclaimer here: if you’re not already soloing, this will probably be over your head. Which means that, while I’ll encourage you to watch it and file it away for later, don’t plan on being able to play stuff like this any time soon. Now if you are soloing, you know that the big secret…

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BB King, Box 2, and the 4 Note Solo Box…

This is a video recorded from a Facebook Live session I did to try and clarify some differences and similarities between the so-called “BB King Box,” my “4 Note Solo” Pattern, and good old “Box 2” of the pentatonic scale. Apologies for the lower quality than normal, it was captured from Facebook and I chose…

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Learn The Entire Fretboard?

Today’s post is a video response to a question I received via email about “learning the entire fretboard.” Sometimes it’s easier to just show and talk instead of write 😉 There are no downloads for this video… Here is the Learning Note Names video, and all of the other courses can be found on the…

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Don’t Lie Rhythm

Surprisingly (to me, anyway) I’ve had a lot of requests recently to demonstrate one of my own songs. It’s an older one, but “Don’t Lie” always seems to be a favorite, so today I’ll walk you through the basic rhythm and changes for the song. And if you’ve never heard, there’s a fun video below…

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Getting Over Your Stage Fright…

Almost everyone goes through it at some point… you’re about to get up and play with a band, or maybe you’re just going to play a song for your family – and it happens. Your palms start sweating, you get nervous, your heart starts racing and you would swear that this thing in your hands…

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We Aren’t Here For Me…

One of my catchphrases around my students is that, “we aren’t here for me, I already know how to play.” Now, occasionally I’ll grab a guitar and play for demonstration purposes, of course, but it’s a lot more fun to see my students play and watch the light bulbs go on. Probably for about the…

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When All Else Fails…

It’s been a while since I’ve written a new article for you, and as you may know I’ve recently returned from Lake Arrowhead for the annual Blues Guitar Unleashed Live event. What’s always interesting to me is how at each event I notice a common theme… a similar thing that the players seem to struggle…

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Classic Rock Guitar Unleashed Gear Video

As you may have heard, I recently released Classic Rock Guitar Unleashed (and  a lot of folks are really digging it, thank you!) Well one of the questions I got asked a lot was in regards to the tones on the recordings for the course (there are over 180 tracks to play along with) and…

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RIP Chuck Berry

While he’s considered one of the architects of Rock And Roll, we blues lovers all know that Chuck Berry was a force of nature that took the blues to places no one dreamed it would go. We lost Berry on Saturday, March 18th, he was 90 years old. So today I wanted to pay a…

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How to play blues rhythm (in a shuffle)

Let’s say you’re going to an open jam, or you want to play with some friends, and someone says, “Hey, let’s play Matchbox in C.” Do you know what to do? What if you don’t know that song, does it matter? Chances are, it doesn’t matter a lick (pardon the pun) as long as the…

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