Why Improvising… Isn’t

SPOILER ALERT: I’m going to give away a “secret” (though I hate to call it that) of improvising (soloing) today. If you still want to live in your little bubble and believe that all those cool notes just flow out of the ether and magically through the hands of your blues idols, you’ll want to…

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Those Ugly Internet Tabs…

As a private guitar teacher, I’ve gone through probably over a thousand internet tabs personally… both for students and with students. To date, not a single one has been completely accurate… not encouraging. But learning songs and increasing the number of songs you can play is an important part of getting better and being better…

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Blues Rhythm Lesson – 2 Note Easy Chords

I’ve often heard it said that “kids should be seen and not heard.” It’s an old saying that I’m going to change to “rhythm guitarists should be barely heard when a solo is going on.” With inexperienced players getting together you get a lot of people all playing loud enough that they can be heard…

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Happy 2nd Birthday BGU!

This November has been kind of a landmark month – Blues Guitar Unleashed turned 2, the BGU forum turned 2 also, and I have been playing the guitar for 30 years now! Yep, I picked up my first guitar Thanksgiving weekend 30 years ago. My dad’s brother and his family were in town visiting us…

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The Home From Work Blues

Nothing makes me happier as a guitar teacher than seeing a student really “get it” and run with it. In this case one of our fearless BGU forum moderators, Wayne, took it upon himself to create a cool Muddy Waters style lesson to share with our community. And I have to say, he did a…

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String Bending Lesson With Marty Schwartz

A lot of my readers probably also know Marty Schwartz. I had never met Marty personally until just after the Play Crossroads competition several months back. As it turns out, Marty and I only live about 90 minutes apart. We both have families with small kids, so finding time to get together wasn’t easy. But…

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Learning Blues Guitar Solos

One of my favorite parts of Blues Guitar Unleashed is the member forum. I try to get over there pretty much every day and join in on the discussions about guitar learning. And the BGU courses in particular. There was a thread there recently that got me thinking, and I’m sure it’s something that might…

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A6 to A9 Blues Rhythm Move

This is just a quick video lesson, but it’s a cool little rhythm move you’ll want to use when comping in a swing blues style. To download the video right click here

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Speedy Pentatonics

If you’re into the fast, blues/rock sounds of Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Gary Moore, or that kind of weird Griff Hamlin guy, then this video is for you. Buckle your seat belts and press play on the video with your guitar in hand…

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Jimmy Page Style 4 Note Pulloffs

Today’s video is all about a pentatonic 4 note sequence involving pulloffs. This has been stolen from Jimmy Page by pretty much everyone at some point. I don’t know who Jimmy Page stole it from, but you can bet it was some old blues man… So here’s the video, enjoy. The TAB is below. There…

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