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Playing Through The Blues

A Review of Playing Through The Blues

This is one of the best, if not the best, lead guitar tutorials I’ve seen. It includes pretty much everything needed to create impressive blues lead guitar solos. It covers scales, patterns, licks, techniques, and a lot more.

Not only does it cover lead guitar playing, it also teaches rhythm guitar. It shows the usual 7th chords along with 9th, 11th, 13th, and altered chords to make your rhythm playing more interesting. It also shows different variations of the chords, many that I haven’t seen before. It starts with simple rhythms and progresses on to more complicated ones.

The lead guitar sections teach you the major and minor blues scales and patterns and how to use them together in your solos. It shows the techniques used such as hammer-ons, pull-offs, tweedlies, and pinch harmonics. It also shows some of the common licks that you will use in your solos.

The lessons and examples are well written in two easy to understand PDFs using guitar tabs, one for the lead guitar and one for the rhythm guitar.

There are mp3 files for all the lead and rhythm guitar examples, at both slow speed and full speed.

Best of all are the videos of the lessons which you can view in Windows Media Player. Here, he goes through the lessons in detail showing some extra tips he doesn’t mention in the books.  There are slow and full speed video versions of the examples.

Included as bonuses are backing tracks you can practice your new soloing skills to, turn around and ending licks, and solo examples by Eric Clapton, BB King, and Albert King.

I would definitely score this ten out of ten for content and value. It’s well over 2GB in size with all the videos and mp3 files. The good thing is that it’s all downloadable. It’s not one of those courses where you have to login to the site to watch the videos. You don’t have to download it all in one go either. Good if you’re bandwidth is limited.

If you want to learn how to play blues guitar licks, this is definitely the course for you.

Playing Through The Blues

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How To Play Blues Guitar

Learn How To Play Blues Guitar Riffs Licks And Solos

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already got some idea what blues music is like. You might not be aware, however, how much variety there is and how many different styles there are. It’s not limited to just the original 12-bar blues. You should be listening to different guitar players and hearing the different styles.

Musicradar.com ran a poll on their website to find the 25 best blues guitarists of all time. The result, in reverse order, was; Junior Kimbrough, Charley Patton, Hubert Sumlin, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Huddie ‘Lead Belly’ Ledbetter, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Elmore James, Albert Collins, T-Bone Walker, Duane Allman, Freddie King, Johnny Winter, Son House, Albert King, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Peter Green, Rory Gallagher, Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton, BB King, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Some others that didn’t make it onto the list are; Skip James, Robert Cray, Geoff Muldaur, Blind Willie Johnson,  Hound Dog Taylor, Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa, and perhaps even Jimmy Page.

These range from the 1920′s to the present and the styles of playing and technique vary greatly.

The first thing you need to do to learn blues guitar is to learn scales. You will need to learn major and minor blues scales, major and minor pentatonic scales, and natural minor scales. You can then start putting together 12 bar blues guitar riffs and blues guitar licks. If you want to play lead guitar, you can then learn things like bends, slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs to create guitar solos.

At the same time, you should be learning blues chords. These will mainly be major and minor chords, seventh and minor seventh chords, and depending on the style, possibly ninth chords. You should then learn blues chord progressions. This is more important if you intend to play rhythm guitar.