December 2016

Blues

CD Review: Eric Clapton - "Clapton"

September 21, 2010
Clapton''s latest is packed with both the expected and unexpected
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Blues Lick·Tionary: Four Phrases to Add to Your Repertoire

August 17, 2010
Key phrases and licks for blues players
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Bluesy Bends: Half-step "Smears," 1 1/2 Step Overbends and More

July 20, 2010
Basic bends and the minor third bend are covered
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Common Licks and Tricks for Playing "Low Bass Blues"

June 16, 2010
“Low Bass Blues” is based around a popular sliding blues lick at the third fret.
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Hybrid Scales: Expanding Your Sonic Palette

April 15, 2010
Combining notes from two different scales to create hybrids
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Riff Blues: Two Essential 12-Bar Patterns

March 11, 2010
Two blues riffs with bass lines and double stops to get you started down a bluesy road
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Pre-War Blues Licks: Swing/Jump Electric Lines a la Charlie Christian

January 14, 2010
This batch of licks comes from the swing jazz and jump blues era of the late 1930s and early 1940s.
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Blues Endings: Common Tags to Bring the Song to an Effective Conclusion

December 17, 2009
A blues ending, often referred to as a blues tag, is a phrase usually executed by the person playing the final solo in a blues number, signifying the end of the song.
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Call and Response: Phrasing Ideas for Creating Memorable Solos

October 21, 2009
How to pull of the conversational call-and-response technique popular in blues soloing
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British Blues Licks

September 18, 2009
Blues/Rock Lines in the Style of Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor and More
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Billy Gibbons: The Slow Blues Style of ZZ Top's Head Honcho

August 19, 2009
Learning the Lightnin'' Hopkins influenced side of ZZ Top''s Billy Gibbons
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T-Bone Walker: His Favorite Scales and Licks

July 22, 2009
A look at how one of the first electric blues guitarists structured his solos.
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Blues Turnarounds & Tags

May 20, 2009
Building a Vocabulary for Solos, Fills, and More
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Popping the Bass

March 17, 2009
Learn to pop the bass in the style of delta bluesmen
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Funk Blues Licks

February 16, 2009
Dennis McCumber shares some blues licks in the style of Freddie King and Albert Collins
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