Required Listening And Playing

Someone asked me for a “required listening” list for blues guitar… and I was, at first, a little surprised. But then I realized that it’s easy for those of us who “live” with blues music to find a lot of great examples of the blues… and if you’re new to the blues, then it’s not…

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Bluesapalooza Pedalboard Rundown

Laura and I are heading off to Mammoth Lakes (California) today because we are performing at the annual Bluesapalooza Blues And Brews Festival up there on Sunday at 11:00am (and yes, there are still tickets if you want to come and join us!) But I took a little time yesterday while putting the pedalboard together…

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Play Along With Me…

There is one important part of learning to play guitar (and blues soloing in particular) that I think gets too often overlooked. Shoot, even I don’t do this as often as I should. But I can remember as a kid just putting on tapes (or CDs, or even just the radio at times) and just…

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Facebook Live from June 16, 2017

Earlier today I went on Facebook for a little live Q&A session (plus some playing and teaching, of course) and ended up hanging for about an hour! Obviously I don’t always have so much free time, but it was a great session and I think we covered a lot of good things. So, I’ll embed…

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How To Choose Your First (Or Next) Electric Guitar

Must be something in the water lately… I’ve been getting a LOT of emails about choosing a first electric guitar. So many such that I thought it time I give you some tips here. Tip #1: Decide On Your Budget First If you can spend $500, there’s a guitar for you. If you can spend…

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The Spent Money Blues On Electric With Different Words

I had a request from the forum for The Spent Money Blues played on electric instead of acoustic guitar… So I played it, but then I did some other fun stuff, enjoy.

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Facebook Live 5-19-17 Pentatonic Scales

Spent a little time on the Facebook live yesterday afternoon… in case you missed it, here’s the replay 🙂 I don’t have downloads for this… but you can always watch it on YouTube as well if that makes it work better for you.

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Beginning Blues Soloing Without Thinking About Scales…

Have you always wanted to play blues solos but aren’t so interested in going through such a steep learning curve? You might think you have to learn a bunch of scales or “boxes” or “patterns”… and then there’s the music theory and all these “licks” people keep talking about? “Can’t you just play?” Yes, you…

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The G&L ASAT Classic

One of the perks of living in Corona is I’m near G&L Guitars in Fullerton (and yes, I’m near the Fender custom shop too, but I try not to visit… it’s hard on the wallet.) Well the good folks at G&L do a cool little video series called “Live At Leo’s” and they asked yours…

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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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