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Uncovering the soloing secrets used by one of modern blues’ masters.


Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Intermediate
Lesson Overview:
• Combine major and minor pentatonic scales.
• Learn how to connect arpeggios using chromatic passing tones.
• Understand how to better craft a 12-bar blues solo.


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In the three or so years I’ve been writing this column, I’ve been able to cover some big names and some unsung heroes, but none have been more requested than the fabulous Matt Schofield.

Bursting onto the scene in 2004 with his first trio record, The Trio, Live, Schofield showed little of the Brit-pop that his hometown of Manchester, England is known for and instead demonstrated a phenomenal connection with the classic blues sounds of the ’60s. Since then, he’s released four studio albums and a pair of live records that have catapulted him to prominence.

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From crying pedal-steel sounds to aggressive, bluesy squeals, bending a string is all about feeling.

Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Intermediate
Lesson Overview:
• Learn to emulate the sound of the pedal steel guitar.
• Understand how to create chords using bends.
• Develop licks in the style of Roy Nichols and James Burton.

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