Clapton’s Secret Move?

There is a particular move that I see Eric Clapton do that seems to be a bit unique to his style… And since so many of you have been asking for more analysis and insight into Clapton’s playing, I thought I would delve into this particular box 1 to box 5 shift that Clapton does.…

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The Boys Are Back In Town

OK, so I was feeling a little more towards the Classic Rock side and did one of my live session on the Facebooks and YouTubes with one of my favorite songs… It’s “The Boys Are Back In Town” by Thin Lizzy… and even if you don’t care much for the song, the chord progression is…

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Shuffle Lick In A (just for fun)

Not much to say here… this is just a fun lick that you oughta know how to do. It has a few little techniques that you will see time, and time, and time again throughout your playing… So might as well buckle down and get ’em happening ๐Ÿ™‚ Dig it!

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Keep Control Of The Ringing

This is a problem I see a lot of advanced beginners and intermediate players have… where things get all “ringy” because they aren’t controlling the extra vibrations with their picking hand. So in today’s live video, I’ll talk about why you should keep that picking hand palm actively muting at all times, and how you…

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The Janitor Story

My dad was a computer scientist, and he would ask me sometimes to be “his janitor…” Of course, I was puzzled, so I asked what that meant… Imagine, if you will, that it’s 2:00 in the morning, and you’re at the computer lab working on a problem that you haven’t been able to solve for…

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Be A Fool For Your Looper

First… this was filmed live before an audience of blues players around the world, so please pardon the few seconds at the beginning and the end while the stream fires up… In this video I wanted to talk about ZZ Top’s “Fool For Your Stockings” chords and form. It’s a great set of chords that…

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An EC Slow Blues Lick

This is just something fun for today… I stole this lick fair and square from Eric Clapton and it comes from his intro to “Reconsider Baby” from “From The Cradle.” It’s a great slow blues lick, and it works great over a shuffle, as you’ll see. Also, since it violates the “not starting on beat…

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Tweedlies Are Your Salt And Pepper

Wanna take a boring old scale and make it cool? Here’s how… I call them “tweedlies,” but probably the proper term for these types of things are ornaments – it’s a quick hammer-on/pull-off combo that you can use in your minor pentatonic box. I see Clapton, Matt Schofield, BB King, and lots of great players…

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Thump Bass And Little Chords

This acoustic blues guitar lesson was filmed live before a studio audience ๐Ÿ˜‰ When you play music, in general, you need 3 things to make it sound musical – rhythm, harmony, and melody. Using “thump bass” you can provide a nice rhythmic pulse, and using either a brush stroke or your other fingers, you can…

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Lots Of Approaches…

Today’s video is not necessarily a lesson, but it’s no less important… In fact, in many ways it’s more important, because it can give you direction and purpose – two things often lacking where music is concerned. A student asked me on the forum about “what to be thinking about when improvising,” and at first…

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