How To Find All 5 Boxes – No Matter What Key

Certainly in people that I work with every day, wrapping your head around “the boxes” and being able to truly find all of the possible places to play your pentatonic/blues minor and major scales can be a challenge. So in this video, I’m going to try and break down just as simply as I know…

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BB King 4 Note Lick

There are very few blues players that can do what BB King did… He could play just a handful of notes with more soul than most of us will ever be able to come up with. This lick is a throwback to the good ole’ 4 note solo, but straight out of “The Thrill Is…

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How To Find I, IV, And V – And More…

In this video, filmed live, we’ll talk about how you use the major scale, and some basic music theory to find the I, IV, and V chords in any key for playing a blues. You don’t have to use any music theory at all, you can just follow the process and take my word for…

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Blues Phrasing Using Rhythm Figures

This is a lesson aimed at anyone trying to do some blues soloing, but struggling to make sense with what you’re playing. It’s easy to just throw stuff against a wall and see if it sticks, but it’s a brand new game when you start thinking ahead and using what you’ve played before to influence…

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Fun With BOTH Blue Notes

Today’s little blues soloing lesson is another situation sort of like the 4 note solo… If you can find your root note, you can put not only the 3rd, and 5th from the major blues sound, but you can put the b3 and 4 from the minor blues scale. If you then add in the…

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Keeping Notes Ringing

Many beginning and lower-intermediate guitar players I work with have a tendency to cut all the notes short… and it’s just one of those things the separates the pros from the amateurs quickly. Luckily, it’s not something that takes hours and hours in the woodshed. Like many things, simply being aware of it, and focusing…

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Finding Major Pentatonics From A Shape Barre Chords

If you know the Major Pentatonic/Blues Scale, chances are you only know it from a 6th string root, which is fine until you need one from a 5th string root… Here is a great trick to use a chord shape that you probably use all the time, and good old box 1, which you probably…

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3 BB King Licks That Don’t Use The House Pattern

When most folks talk about how BB King solos, they tend to refer to what I call the “house” pattern, sometimes also known as the “BB Box.” It’s basically a grouping of notes that can be easily morphed into either a major or minor pentatonic/blues sound, but that’s not the point of this video –…

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You Might Be Practicing Your Boxes Wrong

I’m not sure how else to put it… but most of us learn the “boxes” of the pentatonic/blues scale in a way that… isn’t actually all that useful to us in the heat of battle (during an actual solo.) It’s not our fault, it’s how we have to learn them at first. But the problem…

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When It All Goes South :(

I make no bones about the fact that, for me, playing in a group, with a band, at a jam, or even just with a friend or two – is what it’s all about. The reason we practice and learn chords, riffs, scales, and soloing patterns is so that we can eventually get to that…

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