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B.B. King is widely regarded as the official King of Blues, so no study of Blues Guitar can be complete without a thorough knowledge of his playing style and repertoire.
Learning how to improvise Blues solos and licks on the guitar requires an ability to be able to navigate the fretboard efficiently.
When studying Jazz guitar it is very easy to get bogged down by learning scales and to not spend enough time really working on the phrasing and traditional vocabulary
Albert King is one of the most influential Blues players to have emerged. In this lesson we will look at a few licks and phrases from one of his biggest hits.
There are many ways to improvise the Blues on the guitar but often what I like best about Blues players is when they keep it simple.
Learning to solo over Jazz Blues Progressions can give extremely valuable insight into how to construct solos and harmonise correctly.
Jimmy Page, as well as being one my favourite guitarists is, without doubt, one of the most influential and well known guitarists ever to emerge.
Count Basie was a master when it came to swinging the Blues during the 1930s. With the clever use of chord substitutions by the guitarist in his orchestra, Freddie Green.
The riff of the week is the intro to Long Hot Summer Night from the 1968 Album Electric Ladyland and is one of my favourite of all Hendrix riffs. 4>
The Riff of the Week is back! And this week features a Jazz Riff for the first time. In this study we will be looking at So What by Miles Davis from the Album Kind of Blue.
Once you have become familiar with a standard Jazz Blues Progression you will notice how many guitarists often embellish the staple I-IV-V form
Altered Scales can be complicated if you learn them just as they are because at first glance they do not conform to an obvious pattern when laid out on the fret board.
A common problem I notice amongst my students is the ability to stay true to the chord progressions and relating scales when they begin to improvise lead lines
One of the problems many people have when they come to me for lessons in improvisation is being able to navigate the fretboard with fluency.