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Beyond Blues: The Blues Phrasebook

March 9, 2012
Chops: Beginner Theory: Beginner Lesson Overview: • Learn what not to do over a turnaround. Ever. • Create licks in the style of the three Kings. • Understand how
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Deep Blues: Double-Stop Madness

February 22, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Beginner Lesson Overview: • Learn how to use hybrid picking to play double-stop licks. • Crate bluesy phrases in the style of Grant Green, Kenny Burrell,
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Beyond Blues: Roots Rock Primer

February 10, 2012
A few Americana-influenced blues licks that you will be able to get under your fingers quickly and use on the next Tuesday night blues jam.
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Digging Deeper: Let Your Line Shine

January 10, 2012
Today I want to explore ways to approach improvising long, fluid, rhythmically dynamic lines.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: The Guilty Pleasure of Sonic Bell-Bottoms

December 20, 2011
Decades passed, and at some point it occurred to me to revisit some of those lost licks of the ’70s. It was very much like looking at a pair of bell-bottom pants and thinking, “You know, those are actually pretty cool.”
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Deep Blues: Rolling the Blues

November 30, 2011
This month we’re going to take a look at how to roll the fingers across the strings.
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Beyond Blues: Stealin' from the Steel

November 15, 2011
I love the pedal steel, but I am entirely too lazy to sit down behind one and learn all those crazy tunings.
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The Thinking Shredder: Open Heart and Open Voice

November 9, 2011
Ideas that will give your arpeggios a more angular sound.
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Twang 101: Gallop Picking

November 1, 2011
Gallop picking is a technique that combines forward rolls with open strings to create a lush sound.
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Deep Blues: Demolish the Diminished Chord

October 26, 2011
This month we’re going to look at how to solo over the diminished chord.
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