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Sometimes slow and steady doesn’t win the race.

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• Develop a better sense of shred.

• Understand how to phrase in odd-numbered groups.

• Create blistering pentatonic lines in the style of Joe Bonamassa and Eric Johnson

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Since blues playing and improvisation is based around vocabulary, you can’t just throw in intervallic fusion lines or neoclassical sweep arpeggios and expect them to fit. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for experimenting with sounds from different genres, but you’ll want to pick the right moments to work in these ideas. Having a strong foundation in the blues will ground the listener and make the experiments pop out more without alienating them. So, let’s look at a handful of shreddy blues licks that you can throw down at the next local blues jam without (hopefully) drawing the blues purist’s wrath upon you.
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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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JD Simo joins us in discussing the albums we spun the most during the height of the pandemic. Plus, current musical obsessions!

What was your go-to album during quarantine?

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