The Most Fun You Can Have on the Guitar When I first picked up the electric guitar, it seems that instinctively I started bending strings. After hearing the sounds you could get as you bend the string until it nearly breaks, I was hooked. This was crazy fun. From that day forward, string bending just […]
Now that you have the first three chords G, C and D down cold, it’s time to move on to the second batch of beginner guitar chords. The next two beginner guitar chords you should learn are the A major and E major chords. We will learn these two chords in the open position just like we did with […]
Welcome to Part 1 of a series dedicated specifically to beginner guitar chords. These are the first chords that every beginner guitar player should learn. Even if you know that you will one day be a great blues legend, you need to start with the same three chords as nearly anyone picking up the guitar for the first time. […]
I’ve been running a little low on time to practice guitar lately. I have a very demanding job and a newborn baby at home so, I have to squeeze every ounce of progress out of what little practice time I do have. So to help get the most out of very short practice sessions, I have […]
Like many of you, I’ve admired B.B. King as far back as I can remember. As I write this, I’m six months into my 30s and B.B. has been making great music for more than twice as long as I have been alive! For me, his music was just kind of…there. Always. I can’t remember hearing him […]
Here is a quick tip video lesson on getting those high pitched squeals to work for you and an example lick to work this into your blues playing. Enjoy!
Check this video out for a quick tip on adding an abrupt octave change in the middle of a lick to add a real surprise in your playing. The example lick is based in the E blues scale and features some tried and true standard blues moves. Hope you enjoy!
There’s not a lot of subtlety in some forms of music. I don’t think of words like finesse or subtle when I think of the Ramones for example. But the blues? That’s a different story. There are tons of tiny little moves that the great players use all the time. My guess is they don’t […]
When I started learning to play guitar, it seems that everyone from my homeroom teacher to my little league coach was telling me who their favorite band was and what songs I needed to learn. “You’ve gotta learn Freebird!” was the collective refrain from the well-meaning South Georgians of my hometown. But what about the […]