Some Jam Time…

Last weekend I got together with Mark (bass), Chris (drums), and Ty (keys) for the first time in a little over a year as Ty has been traveling a lot and the last gig he was on, Chris couldn’t make. We had some fun with it and broadcast it live on Facebook, but you may…

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Approaching Your Blues Solos…

There’s an old saying, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat,” and that’s very true with blues soloing… By far, one of the most common approaches is simply to play the the minor pentatonic/blues scale using the “5 boxes” to arrange them on your fretboard. But you could also use the “4 Note…

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What’s A Blues Scale And How Do You Play It

I know that some folks are going to see this video and roll their eyes a little because it seems basic… But if you’ve not played a blues scale on your guitar before, and you don’t know where to start where that is concerned, it’s a SUPER important concept that needs to be addressed. So…

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Guitars And Workouts…

When I was getting up close to my 45th birthday and pushing 215 pounds… I knew I had to make some changes… I used to be an avid cyclist, riding usually close to 200 miles a week, and that kept me down between 175 and 185, but it had been a few years since I’d…

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The “Tore Down” Rhythm & More…

While you may have seen another lesson I did more specifically on the classic rhythm figure (riff) Eric Clapton uses in “I’m Tore Down,” this is a little different take on it. I’ll run you through it real quick and then I’ll show you a couple of cool variations. It’s best to learn the note…

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Another Mixing Major And Minor Blues Sounds Post…

This is something we talk about a lot, but it seems to be a common sticking point for people and it’s always worth repeating. Plus, I usually come at it from a slightly different angle, so every time you hear it from a different perspective – that might the way that works for you ๐Ÿ™‚

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Easy Ways To Start Your Blues Solos

With a lot of students, they learn some scales and patterns and then when it’s time to solo they get “paralysis by analysis” and end up playing close to nothing! Here are a couple of solid options that you can lean on when you “get the nod” and it’s your turn to take your solo……

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Bending More Effectively

Today’s short video is not a complete bending tutorial, but more aimed at you if you can sort of bend, but they don’t always seem to make sense. There are reasons we bend, and sometimes there are reasons we don’t ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your job is to understand the difference between the two… and why we bend…

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Solo Shuffle Strum Pattern From Comping Pattern

A little while back I did a lesson on a BB King lick that I particularly enjoy… and I played a little rhythm into my looper to demonstrate the lick… I was asked how I came up with that strum and if I could make a lesson out of it, so here it is ๐Ÿ™‚…

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What To Practice Next Using “How Vs. What”

Over the last decade and change I’ve gone from a completely private one-on-one environment to almost a “coaching” role as I now guide most people through a more “self directed” journey of guitar discovery… Of  course I create lessons and materials, but in many cases my students have not only several of my offerings, but…

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