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There’s way more than blues-rock fodder buried in the crevices of the most overused scale in music.

Beginner

Intermediate

  • Explain how chords are generated from scales.
  • Create unusual harmonies, chord progressions, bass lines, and melodies using the blues scale.
  • Demonstrate how music theory and musical intuition can coalesce to create unique sounds from traditional materials.
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Last updated on May 21, 2022

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for blues music, but the blues scale can yield beguiling musical results that bear little resemblance to the traditional blues—particularly if one looks at (and listens to) the scale from a different point of view.

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Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Intermediater
Lesson Overview:
• Learn different ways to arrange scales.
• Combine various sequences to create more intersting lines.
• Solidify your technique by practicing unusual groupings of notes. Click here to download a printable PDF of this lesson's notation.
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How to wrangle the rhythm in the style of one of today’s greatest improvisers.


Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Beginner
Lesson Overview:
• Develop a better internal clock.
• Learn how to subdivide to a sixteenth-note pulse.
• Create angular and quirky lines in the style of Wayne Krantz.

Click here to download a printable PDF of this lesson's notation.


I am thrilled to bring you a lesson on one of my absolute favorite guitarists: Wayne Krantz. Wayne came into my life at the perfect moment, and I am forever grateful to my drummer for exposing me to his playing. Years of touring in a jam band made me realize I had to figure out a new sound in order to minimize the Trey Anastasio (Phish) and Chuck Garvey (moe.) comparisons. I was looking for something to inspire me when my bandmate exposed me to the documentary footage of Wayne, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and drummer Keith Carlock playing the Marciac Jazz Festival from 1999.

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