Read the September 2018 Issue

Lessons: Blues

ARTICLES

Beyond Blues: Nail Those Changes!

May 19, 2018
Fishing around for some new ideas to enhance your blues licks? Check out this step-by-step approach that covers everything from guide tones to scales.
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Dr. Molly’s Guitar Lab: The Badass Riffs of Sister Rosetta Tharpe

May 12, 2018
One of rock guitar’s pioneers could tear through double-stops, chromatic riffs, and fiery triplets with grace and attitude.
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Workin’ Man Blues: Moving into the Country

April 14, 2018
The path from ripping electric blues to snappy twang is shorter than you might think. An in-demand Nashville player dishes out a few hands-on tips for getting your country chops together.
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What Bohlinger Plays: The Best Turnaround Ever

March 20, 2018
How to play a deceptively simple—and impressive—turnaround that uses hybrid picking.
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The Tao of Jeff Beck

March 17, 2018
Here's a crash course in how one of the most eclectic and influential guitarists of all time developed a unique vocabulary through speedy rockabilly licks, fuzzed-out melodies, and an otherworldly use of the vibrato bar.
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Rhythm Rules: 8 Ways to Navigate a 12-Bar Blues

February 17, 2018
These inventive riffs might make your next blues jam a bit more exciting.
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10 Sneaky Slide Licks

December 23, 2017
Coax extra mileage from a familiar lick by slipping in some sly slide moves.
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Gary Clark Jr.’s Modern Mojo

December 16, 2017
Get inside the techniques of a modern blues master and add some fire to your solos.
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What Bohlinger Plays: Behind-the-Slide Blues

December 5, 2017
The Review Demo maestro walks you through a descending lick that's a cinch to transpose to any key.
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Blue Horizons: The Lyric Form

October 28, 2017
Phrasing feeling stale? Learn how to break down the more vocal side of melody and rhythm.
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Blue Horizons: Hit It and Quit It!

August 12, 2017
Understand how masters of beatnik-blues such as Grant Green and Kenny Burrell effortlessly weaved chord hits within their solos.
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Blue Horizons: How to Mix Major and Minor Pentatonics

July 8, 2017
B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Freddie King all had an innate ability to move between major and minor sounds within a 12-bar blues. Here’s how they did it.
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Beyond Blues: How to Play “Bird” Blues

June 17, 2017
Saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker’s challenging version of a 12-bar blues is one of his most enduring contributions. Learn how to navigate these tricky changes by combining bebop and blues.
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Deep Blues: Double-Stoppin’ Jive

April 22, 2017
Learn how to turn your riffs and solos from blasé to burning with a few well-placed double-stop licks.
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Beyond Blues: The Allman Brothers Band

March 4, 2017
One of the most revered Southern rock bands of all time combined grit and soul with blazing blues guitar. Learn how Duane Allman and Dickey Betts forged an unforgettable sound.
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Beyond Blues: Working the Slow Burn

February 4, 2017
Not all blues progressions are created equal. You need to have touch, time, and taste in order to survive when the tempo slows down.
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Beyond Blues: Connecting the Dots

November 26, 2016
When learning guitar, the biggest challenge isn’t mastering fingerings, but rather how to put them together in a musical way. Here are some cool tricks for moving from one shape to another.
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Beyond Blues: Larry Carlton

September 3, 2016
The studio master walks a fine line between jazz, blues, and rock with ferocious chops and a unique view on improvisation.
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Beyond Blues: 10 Twang Tips for “Workin’ Man Blues”

August 13, 2016
Inject your blues with a healthy dose of twang.
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Twang 101: Swampy Blues

July 30, 2016
Can you invoke the soulful sound of blues guitar while keeping some country twang on hand?
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