Read the December 2015 issue online

Beyond Blues

Beyond Blues: Keeping it Simple with Blues-Scale Transitions

November 27, 2012
Learn to develop singable melodies to play over a blues.
Read More

Beyond Blues: Beck's Blues, Pt. 2

November 5, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Beginner Lesson Overview: • Understand the key elements of Jeff Beck’s unique style. • Learn how to use rhythmic motifs to create interesting phrases. • Create
Read More

Beyond Blues: Major/Minor Slight-of-Hand

October 8, 2012
True pros can be identified by how well their ideas sit in the groove and the quality of their melodic statements.
Read More

Beyond Blues: Beck's Blues - The Early Years

September 5, 2012
Understand the fundamental elements of Jeff Beck’s style.
Read More

Beyond Blues: Diminished Capacity

August 10, 2012
I’ve always been a fan of Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, and more recently, Matt Schofield. Influenced by the jazz language, they will use more complex ideas but don’t sound brainy doing it.
Read More

Beyond Blues: Chicago Blues Primer

July 9, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Beginner Lesson Overview: • Understand the essential elements of Chicago blues. • Learn how to properly back up a harmonica player. • Create “looping” phrases that
Read More

Blues Basics: Saying More With Less

July 3, 2012
You can make a huge impact when soloing—for both the audience and yourself—when you break down the solo and use fewer notes.
Read More

Beyond Blues: Minor Blues Boot Camp

June 8, 2012
Several simple techniques you can use to create more tension and interest in your comping.
Read More

Beyond Blues: The Soulful Otis Rush

May 11, 2012
Learn licks in the style of Chicago blues master Otis Rush.
Read More

Beyond Blues: Harmonic Blues Moves

April 6, 2012
Learn how to use inversions to create motion in your comping.
Read More