Can You Teach Someone To Feel The Blues?

This is actually not mine. This post comes from a student, Richard, in Brea. He wrote this and was kind enough to let me repost it here. I think he did a great job of defining why we live for and love the music that we do…

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I’m Tore Down… And Down… And Down… And Down

One of the elements of blues music I try to emphasize is the fact that it’s kind of like puzzle pieces that you can put together into just about any style of song that you want. The traditional 12 bar blues, while it seems like it might be stifling given the fact that the chords…

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BB King Featured On Steve Cropper Tribute To The “5” Royals

The “5” Royals were a Rhythm & Blues band popular in the early 1950’s. Their sound was instrumental in the development of what would later be known as Soul music.  Guitarist Lowman “Pete” Pauling wrote many of the tunes, some of which were later recorded by Ray Charles, Mick Jagger, The Shirelles, and James Brown…

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Barre Chord Starter

Probably the biggest hurdle most guitar players go through is learning how to consistently play the barre chord shapes and actually get the notes to ring out. I’ve finally figured out, after many years of doing it “the old way,” that if I turn it around and start with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fingers…

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Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Fuzzface Pedal

Well since I recently found such a cool video with Joe Bonamassa talking about his new Les Paul, it seems fitting to post this video with a demo of the limited edition Fuzzface pedals that Joe also mentioned. This video is from ProGuitarShopDemos on Youtube (ProGuitarShop has a cool online store too) who makes a…

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Joe Bonamassa On His ’59 Les Paul And More

In this video, courtesy of PremierGuitar, Joe Bonamassa talks about his new album Dust Bowl, and the ’59 Les Paul he’s been grabbing for a few songs a night. He also briefly describes the amps and pedalboards he is using for his own tour, and with Black Country Communion. If you haven’t heard of Joe…

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An Interview With Robin Trower

With the passing of Chicago blues guitarist, Lacy Gibson, and the popularity of the “What Are You Listening To” post on this blog, it’s clearly time to try and increase exposure to a variety of guitar players throughout the world. What I’ve seen is that, because I do this all the time, I’m a lot…

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Information Overload

I often speak and write about the pros and cons of the modern internet age. On the one hand, we have access to a wealth of material and information that only a few years ago would have been nonexistent to most people. On the other hand, this easy access makes “Guitar ADD” (jumping from little…

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Guitar Vibrato Breakdown

As much as I love my “don’t worry about it” approach to vibrato… I’ve finally come to a point where I felt like I had to show how I do it. WARNING: You have to be able to play the notes before this is going to matter to you. If you are struggling through a…

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Improve Your Soloing Through Phrasing

In music we often talk about phrasing, particularly when we’re referring to soloing. We’ll say someone has “good phrasing” while someone else doesn’t. But most people don’t have a really solid definition of what phrasing is and how it affects your sound when you play solos. As guitar players we have the tendency to get…

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