Practice this long version of the minor pentatonic scale to help break out of the pentatonic box patterns and move more freely on the neck.
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Spice up your rhythm using this technique that I call “chord stabs”. Chord stabs are a quick punch of a chord that really adds a percussive element to your playing and makes the standard shuffle come alive.
This lesson shows one quick lick in A that is extremely useful as an outro lick or an ending to a 12 bar blues in A.
In this lesson, we’ll take a look at what major triad inversions are and then take a quick glimpse at how you can put these little chords to use for you. Hint: if you play with another guitarist often, you’ll really want to get comfortable with using inversions!
This lesson is a quick introduction into major triads. We’ll explore how to build these easy to play little chords by pulling the notes right out of the major scale.
Lightning Hopkins did a lot of things extremely well on the guitar. This lesson dives into how he kept his double bass or shuffle bass rhythm pumping while playing a sweet little lick.
In this Tuesday Blues lesson, we’ll take a look at a fairly complicated picking pattern in a Texas Blues Shuffle Style. This is a tone of fun to play, but don’t let my excitement fool you. This takes work to nail. Take you’re time with this one and work up to a quick tempo. And…have fun!
One of the coolest intro’s in blues was made popular by Robert Johnson in tunes like Kind Hearted Woman Blues and Love in Vain. In this lesson, we’ll walk note-for-note through a simplified version of this popular intro perfectly suited for kicking off an A blues.
One of the best ways to learn to move around the fretboard is to try playing a new lick in as many different spots as you can on the guitar neck.
There are a few musical characteristics that give the Blues that “blues” sound. The extensive use of chromatics in this style of music is certainly one of those must know techniques. In this lesson, we’ll look at a quick lick to get you used to moving up or down the neck chromatically in a bluesy way.
This lesson introduces one of the common threads in most blues: Call & Response. This musical technique/device/whatever is used as a way to connect musical ideas in a very lyrical or vocal way. This lesson gives you an introduction to how we apply this to the guitar.
We all know that we should warm up our hands every time we pick up the guitar to play. For some reason though (I can’t imagine why) we just want to get straight to the blues! This little exercise is just easy enough to become an automatic warm up and challenging enough to keep you improving.