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Beyond Blues

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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