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Beyond Blues

Learn how to add some ear-twisting sounds and push your blues playing to the next level.

ARTICLES

Beyond Blues: Mike Bloomfield’s Manic Magic

May 14, 2016
The Chicago-born guitarist wasn’t afraid to go searching for those missing notes. In Levi Clay’s latest lesson he breaks down how one of the most influential guitarists of the ’60s combined blues, rock, and jazz.
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Beyond Blues: Soulful Rhythms

April 16, 2016
Modern soul master Derek Trucks draws inspiration from old-time gospel and jazz to create impressively melodic rhythm parts.
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Beyond Blues: CAGED Developments

March 5, 2016
Supercharge your solos with the potent fretboard approach used by legendary players like Robben Ford.
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Beyond Blues: Billy Gibbons

February 6, 2016
Learn a few secrets about how the king of Texas boogie-rock combines attitude with soul.
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Beyond Blues: How to Use Guide Tones

December 26, 2015
Not all notes are created equal. With a few well-placed targets, your solos can stand out.
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Beyond Blues: Matt Schofield’s Sophisticated Solos

November 28, 2015
Uncovering the soloing secrets used by one of modern blues’ masters.
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Beyond Blues: Texas Rhythm 101

September 26, 2015
A quick look at the essential elements of this slammin’ Lone Star sound.
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Beyond Blues: Scott Henderson

August 22, 2015
Escape the tyranny of vanilla blues scales with some tricks from one of jazz-fusion’s most influential players.
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Beyond Blues: The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach

July 25, 2015
Break out your dirtiest fuzz box for a look at how a guitarist from Ohio brought the hill-country stomp to the masses.
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Beyond Blues: Warren Haynes’ Southern-Fried Blues-Rock

June 27, 2015
Few guitarists are able to combine soul with a healthy amount of down-home rock like the Gov’t Mule frontman.
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Beyond Blues: Eric Johnson vs. Joe Bonamassa

April 25, 2015
Decode the warp-speed blues-rock licks of two modern masters.
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Beyond Blues: Bridging the Gap Between Chords and Arpeggios

March 21, 2015
Learn how to solo effortlessly using the CAGED system.
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Beyond Blues: Turnaround Tactics

August 2, 2014
Tackle those tricky turnarounds head-on with a simple arpeggio-based strategy.
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Beyond Blues: You Say You Want a Resolution?

July 5, 2014
Focus your lines and snake through the chord changes by using the b7-3 resolution.
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Beyond Blues: Jimmy Herring's Twisted Jams

April 5, 2014
Get inside the mind of one of the most creative improvisers playing guitar today.
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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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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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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: 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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