Blues

No need to fall back on those stock, tired blues licks.

Intermediate

Beginner

  • Understand the basics of the blues scale.
  • Create angular lines by taking an intervallic approach.
  • Toss out all those B.B., Freddie, and Albert licks.
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We all get burned out playing the same scales, the same way, over and over. A common solution to that guitar-driven angst is to search out other scales, hoping to find a new muse. While learning new scales is an important part of your development as a player, you can often overlook some structures within a scale that you already know.

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A back-to-basics approach to crafting a 12-bar solo.

Beginner

Beginner

• Learn the basic elements of a 12-bar blues.

• Understand the essential techniques that go into a well-crafted solo.

• Develop a deeper appreciation for the playing of B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Michael Bloomfield.

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Most musicians of our modern era have been influenced by the blues in some way. The blues is an important source of study that can add impact and depth to your music. Simply listening to players like B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Michael Bloomfield, and others will not only give you a better understanding of the genre but it will help to shape your own style as well.

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Many say that Cream was Clapton's peak. Here's a quick guide to how to get some of Slowhand's most esteemed licks under your hands.

Intermediate

Intermediate

● Discover blues rock rhythms and how to get a huge sound even when you're in a trio.

● Unlock some of Clapton's signature lead guitar techniques.

● Learn to use a wah pedal to get psychedelic sounds.

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When it comes to Eric Clapton's guitar style, there is no shortage of masterful guitar techniques to dive into and study. In this article we'll focus specifically on his guitar style during the mid- to late-'60s around the formation of the band Cream.

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