A Blues Turnaround With The Blues Half Step Ending

This is something fun you can use either by yourself or with a band… This is the TAB for the version where you use the V chord to start the form again. For the end, just change the F9->E9 to Bb7->A7 (or 9, or 13 if you want… have fun with it!) Download – MP4…

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Listening Party With Bernard Allison

It occurs to me that I haven’t done a “listening party” in a while, and I was listening to some Bernard Allison today and thought I’d share with you. Bernard Allison is the son of Chicago bluesman, Luther Allison. As a child Bernard used to go to blues festivals with his father and began sharing…

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Start A Tune Otis Rush Style…

Nothing but fun today – it’s a great way to start a tune and it ain’t that hard to play. Dig it! Download this video – MP4 | WMV By the way, the Tore Down rhythm I refer to also in this video is in Blues Guitar Unleashed, along with about 30 other great lessons!

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How To End Your Blues Licks

One of the things I hear the most from less experienced soloists is the tendency to let the ends of your licks just sort of “hang there…” No “sugar” on them, no nothing. The brain just sort of checks out and leaves a dial tone… not super appealing. So here are some ideas for how…

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Easy Blues In E With Variations

At some point in every blues guitar player’s life, you are going to play “Blues In E…” So you might as well have a little fun with ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’re new to it, this will get you started. If you want a couple of variations to make it interesting – I got that too. Dig…

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What is this “or” you speak of…

In my house, the word, “or,” doesn’t come up very often… “Do you want cake ‘or‘ a brownie…” “Are you having the french fries ‘or‘ the baked potato…” This sort of thing just doesn’t really happen in these parts (my wife’s Italian and a great cook ๐Ÿ™‚ Needless to say, that gusto has moved into…

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How Do They All Go Together? [Infographic]

Today I’m going to attempt the almost impossible… (drum roll please!) Over the last several weeks I’ve been working with my “graphics people” (that’s Chris, my drummer, because I can’t draw a straight line,) on a single PDF that you can download and actually see how all of the courses in the Blues Guitar Unleashed…

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Blues Rock Minor 7th Chord

The Minor 7th chord is a blues-rock staple as you’ll see in this video. You might be familiar with it in a more traditional fingering, but for the blues-rock thing you need to break it apart and use it in 2 pieces. Plus we’ll have some fun with a vibe effect ๐Ÿ™‚ Download this video…

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1 1/2 Step Bending Lick

This is just a cool lick that utilizes the House Pattern and a nice step-and-a-half bend to make you sound like Albert and/or BB King… Download this video – MP4 | WMV

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What Does It Mean To Play In Time?

You hear all the time about “playing in time,” and “keeping good time,” or “playing in the pocket…” But what does that really mean? In this video we’ll talk about it and I’ll give you a way you can practice it a bit with the basic blues scale. Download this video – MP4 | WMV

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