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Beyond Blues

Beyond Blues: Harmonic Blues Moves

April 6, 2012
Learn how to use inversions to create motion in your comping.
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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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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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Beyond Blues: Slip Slidin' Away

January 10, 2012
The sound of slide guitar is incredibly intoxicating. I’ve always been drawn to it because of the singing, vocal quality that it has—so emotional and expressive.
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Beyond Blues: Liberating Blues Changes

December 20, 2011
While the typical rock and blues 12-bar form sticks pretty closely to the standard changes, we’re going to explore how this structure can be manipulated and embellished to create some very interesting sounds.
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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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Beyond Blues: Phrasing—A Lost Art

October 18, 2011
Phrasing: When it comes to an improvised solo, it’s pretty much what separates the good players from the greats.
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Beyond Blues: British Blues

September 20, 2011
The Brit school is a bit more of a mix of major and minor blues scales, as opposed to the straight minor blues sound that’s associated with Texas blues.
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Beyond Blues: Major Chords, Minor Blues

August 16, 2011
Discover how the same type of chord voicing can perform different harmonic functions.
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Beyond Blues: The Bends

July 19, 2011
Bending strings is one of the coolest guitar techniques, and when it comes to playing blues, bends are essential.
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Beyond Blues: Hexatonic Scales

June 14, 2011
To keep things simple, we are going to investigate how to combine major triads a whole-step apart.
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Beyond Blues: The Composite Blues Scale

May 17, 2011
As we know, a standard blues progression is made up of three dominant-7th chords—the I, IV, and V. This month, we’re going to look at some cool ways to
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Beyond Blues: Slide Without the Slide

April 19, 2011
Carl Verheyen teaches you how to mimic slide guitar solos
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Beyond Blues: The Mighty 3rd

March 15, 2011
One way to jazz up your blues playing is to focus on the mighty 3rd.
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Beyond Blues: Triads Over Minor Blues

February 15, 2011
Tomo Fujita''s debut column will help you break out of the old minor-pentatonic shapes.
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Guide-Tone Arpeggios

January 17, 2011
Exploring ways to focus our single-note lines and interject some cool voice-leading ideas into our vanilla arpeggios.
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Alternate Pentatonics

December 21, 2010
Take a simple pentatonic scale and really turn it upside down by changing the harmonic context in which we use it.
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Peaks and Valleys

November 16, 2010
12-bar blues in a jazzy context
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