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May 2014

Blues

Style Guide: Essential Blues Progressions

September 14, 2013
Beef up your knowledge of everything from the basic 12-bar blues form to more jazz-influenced progressions—and even a few 9-bar blues.
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Beyond Blues: Dorian vs. Aeolian

September 7, 2013
Understand the subtle differences between the Dorian and Aeolian modes, and learn new licks that exploit all these modes have to offer.
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Warren Haynes: With a Little Help from My Friends

September 5, 2013
When Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule decided to celebrate their 20th anniversary with the two-disc Shout!, they invited 11 guests to create alternative versions of the songs the band had already recorded.
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Buddy Guy’s Rhythm and Blues, Old and New

August 27, 2013
One of Chicago’s all-time greatest blues guitarists on Muddy Waters, playing the White House, and keeping the blues alive.
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Easy Riding with Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd

August 20, 2013
Forty-five years ago Stephen Stills and Mike Bloomfield contributed to the classic Super Session album. Stills returns to those blues-rock roots with the Rides—this time opposite Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
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Interview: Josh Smith: Artist vs. Demo Artist

August 12, 2013
How the L.A.-based bluesman balances demo videos, sessions, tours, and a rejuvenated solo career.
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Beyond Blues: Playing the "Right" Minor Blues Changes

August 3, 2013

Not all minor blues progressions are created equal. Delve into the subtle differences and learn how to make a simple minor progression more interesting with a few easy substitutions.


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Dudley Taft: Delta Grunge

July 30, 2013
Seattle’s Dudley Taft cranks out blues-rock informed by everything from his hometown alt-rock heroes to ZZ Top, Stevie Wonder, and Tower of Power.
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Album Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band - "Made Up Mind"

July 27, 2013
There’s plenty of burning guitar throughout Made Up Mind, but first and foremost this is a band record with a heavy nod toward classic Memphis soul.
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Beyond Blues: "Chicken" Blues

July 3, 2013
Investigate the 16-measure form found in "The Chicken" and learn to successfully navigate through the changes.
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