October 2020

 

Articles by Levi Clay

CAGED

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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Derek Trucks

Beyond Blues: Slip-Slidin’ Bends

February 14, 2015
Emulate the soulful sounds of Derek Trucks and other slide masters—without using a slide.
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Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper: Transcribing Rhythms

January 3, 2015
Reading and understanding basic rhythms is easier than you think.
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Twang

Twang 101: 6 Essential Pedal-Steel Bends

November 8, 2014
These finger-twisting licks are guaranteed to raise your twang factor.
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Twang101

Twang 101: 8 Essential Double-Stop Licks

August 30, 2014
Here’s a handful of snappy licks that will help get you through your next gig.
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Beyond Blues

Beyond Blues: Turnaround Tactics

August 2, 2014
Tackle those tricky turnarounds head-on with a simple arpeggio-based strategy.
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Brian Setzer

Rhythm Rules: Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Antics

June 21, 2014
Grab your Gretsch and dig into the stylings of a modern rockabilly master.
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Wayne Krantz

Digging Deeper: Wayne Krantz’ “Grid” System

May 3, 2014
Inside the fusion master's strange way of looking at compositional space.
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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 March 2014

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

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: 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

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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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

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

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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Beyond Blues: Altered-Scale Secrets

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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