Blues Course

The SRV Scale

February 4, 2013 1 Comment

Learn the scale SRV used to create some of his signature Texas blues licks

Learn the Blues Rock Style

August 9, 2011 No Comments

In this lesson we’ll be exploring the vast world of blues rock. You could write novels about this style, but today we’re going to look at a few of the popular riffs and techniques associated with it.

SRV Style Muted Rhythm Technique

August 9, 2011 No Comments

One of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s signature tricks was muting the strings and strumming them to create a percussive effect. Today, we’ll show you how to create this sound.

Blues Soloing Essentials – Moving Pentatonics

August 9, 2011 1 Comment

Occasionally, a player will have to change which pentatonic scale he uses to solo depending on what chord is being played. Today we’ll show you the easiest way to do it.

Sultry Blues Lead – Mixing Major and Minor Pent

August 9, 2011 6 Comments

One of the most important concepts a blues guitarist needs to understand is how to mix major and minor pentatonics to make a solo. Today, we’ll break it down and make it easy.

Singin’ The Hurt With Minor Blues

August 9, 2011 No Comments

Today we’ll show you how to use a minor key to create some heart wrenching blues songs.

Joe Bonamassa Style Sequences

August 9, 2011 No Comments

Joe Bonamassa is an awesome modern day blues shredder, and one of the secrets behind his lead work is his sequential patterns. Today, we’ll break them down for you.

Swingin’ Jazz Blues

August 8, 2011 1 Comment

Today we’re exploring the jazz blues style where we follow a typical blues progression but use fancy jazz chords instead.

Harmonic Minor Scale

August 8, 2011 2 Comments

Today we’ve got another essential scale for blues lead – this time the harmonic minor scale. It’s perfect for Latin style soloing, so let’s get started!

Nasty Latin Dorian Blues

August 8, 2011 2 Comments

The Dorian mode is known for having a very Latin flavor. In this lesson we’ll look at how we can apply this to a blues progression.

Adding Soul to Solos – Call and Response

August 8, 2011 No Comments

Call and response is an ancient technique built into our subconscious but really comes to life in blues lead playing. This is one of the best ways to put soul in your solos.

The Blues Scale

August 8, 2011 1 Comment

Today we’re learning perhaps the most important thing you’ll ever need to play blues lead – the legendary blues scale.

Intro to the Blues Group

August 6, 2011 1 Comment

Welcome to the Blues Group! The Blues Group consists of several key scales and additions that work very well for blues soloing, each with it’s own flavor.

The Blues Group – The Funk Note

August 6, 2011 1 Comment

Now it’s time for the most groovin’ member of the Blues Group – the funk note. This note has some serious mojo and is one of the secrets behind all things funk.

The Blues Group – Dorian Scale

August 6, 2011 1 Comment

The next member of the Blues Group is also the jazziest – this time it’s the Dorian scale. The Dorian scale is great for Latin, jazz based blues, and more.

The Blues Group – Blue Note

August 6, 2011 1 Comment

You couldn’t have the blues group without the blue note! By just adding one note you can infuse some serious soul into your solos. We’ll show you how.

The Blues Group – Black Dog Note

August 6, 2011 1 Comment

Next up in our blues group is the black dog note. This note creates a smooth flow back to our root note and has been used by Zeppelin, Kiss, Black Sabbath, and more.

The BB King Slide

August 5, 2011 2 Comments

This is one of BB King’s easiest signature licks. You’ll immediately recognize it when you hear it!

Playing With the King: Major Pentatonics

August 5, 2011 3 Comments

One key to BB King’s soloing style is his use of major penatonics. In this lesson we’ll break down his scale choice so we too can get his smooth sound!

Turn That Boat Around!

August 5, 2011 No Comments

A turnaround is an essential part of the blues because it signals to the other players that the progression is starting over. Today we’ll show you the most important turnaround of all!

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