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Articles by Dennis McCumber

Deep Blues: Quartal Blues

November 14, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Learn the principles of quartal harmony. • Play three- and four-note quartal voicings. • Construct quartal harmony based on the Dorian mode.
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Deep Blues: Robben Ford, Part 2

October 3, 2012
Explore Ford-style chord voicings and turnarounds.
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Deep Blues: Robben Ford, Part 1

July 18, 2012
Take a look at a few key elements of Robben Ford''s technique in our latest Deep Blues lesson.
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Deep Blues: Freddie King's Texas Blues

May 22, 2012
Some techniques that are characteristic of the Texas Cannonball, Freddie King.
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Deep Blues: More Turnarounds of the Masters

April 4, 2012
Learn turnarounds in the style of Robben Ford, Matt Schofield, and Larry Carlton.
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Deep Blues: Double-Stop Madness

February 22, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Beginner Lesson Overview: • Learn how to use hybrid picking to play double-stop licks. • Crate bluesy phrases in the style of Grant Green, Kenny Burrell,
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Deep Blues: 9th Chords and the Truth, Pt. 2

January 31, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Learn new voicings for dominant 9th and dominant 13th chords. • Understand the basics of voice leading over a blues progression. •
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Deep Blues: 9th Chords and the Truth, Pt. 1

December 28, 2011
This month we’re going to look at some new voicings for dominant 9th chords and take a look at trying some new tricks with these newfound voicings.
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Deep Blues: Rolling the Blues

November 30, 2011
This month we’re going to take a look at how to roll the fingers across the strings.
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Deep Blues: Demolish the Diminished Chord

October 26, 2011
This month we’re going to look at how to solo over the diminished chord.
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Deep Blues: 8-Bar Blues

September 28, 2011
This is a popular blues form that is never really talked about.
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Deep Blues: Funky Blues Rhythms

August 31, 2011
In this lesson, we will look at a few different ways to add some funk to your rhythm parts.
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Deep Blues: Turnarounds of the Masters

August 9, 2011
Several turnaround phrases in the style of Eric Clapton, B.B. King and Ronnie Earl.
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Deep Blues: Old Blues, New Chords

June 20, 2011
Instead of using dominant chords throughout the progression, we will add a diminished seventh chord as well as some minor seventh chords. Let’s get started.
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Deep Blues: Albert King - Bendin' the Blues

May 24, 2011
Learn how to add quarter-step bends to blues phrases and create blues licks in the style of Albert King
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