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Lessons: Blues

Deep Cuts: David Hidalgo’s Sophisticated Blues-and-Beyond Moves on “The Town”

June 7, 2014
Dig into the multi-genre style of a little band from East L.A.
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Electric Etudes: Jimmy Page

March 29, 2014
Unlock the secrets of one of the most influential guitarists of all time.
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Beyond Blues: Progressive Progressions

March 1, 2014
Learn how to improvise your rhythm guitar parts and make your blues progressions more interesting.
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Beyond Blues: Danny Gatton's Musical Gumbo

February 8, 2014
Within a single solo, Danny Gatton would touch on everything from jazz and country to blues and rock. Learn how he did it.
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Electric Etudes: Clapton’s “Cream” Years

January 11, 2014
Get deep into Clapton’s early years and investigate his bluesy soloing style.
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Beyond Blues: Danny Gatton's Organ Blues

January 4, 2014
Brush up on your hybrid picking and learn some of Danny Gatton’s trickiest riffs.
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Fretboard Workshop: 10 Essential Turnarounds

December 14, 2013
Go deep inside extended harmony by adding tritone subs, contrary motion, and pedal tones to your turnarounds.
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Beyond Blues: Standard-Tuned Slide

December 7, 2013
Learn how to cop cool slide licks in the style of Sonny Landreth and Derek Trucks—without having to retune your axe.
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Beyond Blues: Blue Octaves

November 2, 2013
Delve into the world of Wes, EJ, and Benson and get more from your blues phrases by incorporating octaves.
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Beyond Blues: Moving Past the Pentatonic Scale

October 5, 2013
Learn how to incorporate Dorian and Aeolian sounds into your pentatonic vocabulary when playing over a minor blues.
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Style Guide: Essential Blues Progressions

September 14, 2013
Beef up your knowledge of everything from the basic 12-bar blues form to more jazz-influenced progressions—and even a few 9-bar blues.
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Beyond Blues: Dorian vs. Aeolian

September 7, 2013
Understand the subtle differences between the Dorian and Aeolian modes, and learn new licks that exploit all these modes have to offer.
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Beyond Blues: Playing the "Right" Minor Blues Changes

August 3, 2013

Not all minor blues progressions are created equal. Delve into the subtle differences and learn how to make a simple minor progression more interesting with a few easy substitutions.


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Beyond Blues: "Chicken" Blues

July 3, 2013
Investigate the 16-measure form found in "The Chicken" and learn to successfully navigate through the changes.
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Beyond Blues: How to Use the Super Locrian Scale

June 5, 2013
Get deep inside the Super Locrian scale and learn how to add ear-twisting tension to your blues lines.
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Kick Out the Jams: Pumped Up Licks

May 13, 2013
Joe Robinson shows you 5 essential licks that demonstrate everything from fiery SRV-inspired blues-rock soloing to quirky, angular phrases.
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Alfred Releases "Learn to Play Blues Guitar" Book and DVD

May 9, 2013
Learning to play the blues has never been easier with the release of Alfred’s Learn to Play the Blues Guitar by Steve Trovato and Terry Carter.
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Beyond Blues: Altered-Scale Secrets

May 6, 2013
Unlock the secrets of implying altered sounds over dominant 7th chords using the Super Locrian scale.
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Beyond Blues: 12 Keys, Five Shapes, and the Blues

April 2, 2013
Understand how to visualize chord shapes all over the neck and learn how five simple arpeggio shapes can unlock 12 keys.
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Beyond Blues: Chromatic Colors - How to Add Outside Notes to Your Lines

March 5, 2013
Learn about neighbor tones, enclosures, and develop some ear-twisting blues lines in this lesson about adding "outside" tones to your playing.
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