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Blues And Rock Scale Options
Several of the options for blues changes from pentatonic to Bebop Dominant that focuses on the main change in standard blues progression. Something for everyone - beginner to advanced.
Blues · Intermediate · 141586 Hits · 4.74/5 (171 ratings) · Last modified: 3/25/2002
 
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Great arangement of the classic tune Swing Low Sweet Chariot for solo fingerstyle guitar. Not for the weak of heart. This piace has walking bass, melody, and some chordal movement thrown in too.
Blues · Advanced · 43745 Hits · 4.74/5 (50 ratings) · Last modified: 3/31/2000
 
Combining Scales
An exercise and lesson in combining the minor pentatonic, major pentatonic, mixolydian and blues scale.
Blues · Intermediate · 69790 Hits · 4.71/5 (69 ratings) · Last modified: 12/14/2005
 
The Lightnin' Hopkins Style
This lesson features some licks and techniques used by Lightnin' Hopkins, one of my favorite blues guitarists. Lightnin' was great at making fairly simple stuff sound awesome. I will add to the lesson periodically.
Blues · Intermediate · 233955 Hits · 4.67/5 (264 ratings) · Last modified: 12/15/1999
 
Exercises #1b In A Min/Maj Pentatonic
This is another exercise to familiarize you with combining minor and major pentatonics for soloing. This time it is a pattern going up/down in 3s.
Blues · Intermediate · 12030 Hits · 4.67/5 (12 ratings) · Last modified: 11/24/2005
 
Fast + Easy Blues Scale (part Two)
Expansion of Fast + Easy Blues Scale (part one) introducing the Major tonality in an easy format.
Blues · Beginner · 6567 Hits · 4.67/5 (15 ratings) · Last modified: 8/5/2000
 
A Bone Head Blues In G Part 2
Same thing as part 1, but using the Minor Pentatonic notes. Additional theory explanation added. Updated 6-20-2007
Blues · Intermediate · 24839 Hits · 4.65/5 (26 ratings) · Last modified: 8/3/2004
 
Robert Johnson's Thumb Bass Style
This lesson examines Robert Johnson's use of the open-string "dead thumb" bass. By picking up this technique, you'll be able to learn almost half the songs he ever recorded! We also cover how to play his most common intros and turnarounds.
Blues · Intermediate · 82179 Hits · 4.63/5 (92 ratings) · Last modified: 7/11/2000
 
Gravedigger Blues
Josh Graves' Gravedigger Blues for fingerstyle acoustic guitar. Watch Out!
Blues · Intermediate · 112565 Hits · 4.63/5 (178 ratings) · Last modified: 3/27/2001
 
Dead Thumb
Blues technique establised by the old Delta-Blues players in which the thumb plays quarter notes on the open E string while the fingers play syncopated licks.
Blues · Intermediate · 79225 Hits · 4.63/5 (75 ratings) · Last modified: 3/27/2001
 
Bluesy Rhythm Fills and Licks
Let's learn some rhythm licks a la Jimi Hendrix that you can add to your playing. We'll look at a bunch of variations and examples, and then dissect them for easy digestion. Mmmmm, yummy!
Blues · Intermediate · 203877 Hits · 4.63/5 (180 ratings) · Last modified: 10/29/1999
 
Hideaway Variations
Folks used to say you couldn't walk into a bar in Austin carryin' a guitar unless you knew how to play "Hideaway". Here are some variations to get you started on Freddie King's signature piece...
Blues · Intermediate · 38460 Hits · 4.62/5 (69 ratings) · Last modified: 1/19/2001
 
Acoustic Delta Blues Moves
Take a look into the bags of tricks of such classic Delta Blues Masters as Charlie Patton and Son House. This lesson illustrates a few simple moves used quite often by these fellows.
Blues · Intermediate · 279852 Hits · 4.62/5 (327 ratings) · Last modified: 1/19/2001
 
Intro To 12 Bar Blues Improvisation
Learn to improvise melodies over a twelve bar blues progression in the key of A. This lesson is a modified version of a lesson 7329, 12 bar blues progression, which is no longer published.
Blues · Intermediate · 39127 Hits · 4.60/5 (43 ratings) · Last modified: 4/21/2005
 
Lemon-y Bass Lines
Can you walk bass lines like John Paul Jones? Would you want to walk bass lines like John Paul Jones? Take this lesson and the answer to both will be "yes"...
Blues · Intermediate · 43896 Hits · 4.60/5 (35 ratings) · Last modified: 6/11/1999
 
HIPSHOT - An Original Tune
When I created this little tune it had a feeling of some pain and sorrow, and happiness. It is a blues idiom. I suppose it has to do with present events. An expression of what you or others feel.
Blues · Advanced · 28794 Hits · 4.59/5 (17 ratings) · Last modified: 8/2/2004
 
Fast + Easy Blues Scale (part one)
Quick and easy scale that will fit into any blues or rock sequence.
Blues · Beginner · 13762 Hits · 4.58/5 (31 ratings) · Last modified: 7/17/2000
 
Them Thar Blues Scales
By request,a common scale in the key of E.
Blues · Beginner · 21670 Hits · 4.55/5 (11 ratings) · Last modified: 6/14/2004
 
Jazzing Up Your Blues
You know how sometimes you start sneezing like 8 times in a row and it hurts but kind of feels good? This lesson is like that.
Blues · Intermediate · 63641 Hits · 4.54/5 (61 ratings) · Last modified: 6/6/1999
 
Clapton-style Acoustic Blues
This lesson covers some Clapton blues moves, a Clapton-style blues shuffle and solo (the solo is advanced level). Clapton has played a wide variety of styles, this lesson makes no attempt to cover his rock/pop eras.
Blues · Intermediate · 583708 Hits · 4.50/5 (688 ratings) · Last modified: 1/15/2000
 
Blues Soloing and Basic Harmony
Here are some quick tips for enhancing your soloing over blues tunes, with some cool licks and explanations for why they work harmonically.
Blues · Intermediate · 429605 Hits · 4.50/5 (475 ratings) · Last modified: 3/23/2001
 
Blues Scales
This lesson will give you all the scales you need to improvise blues guitar.
Blues · Beginner · 15185 Hits · 4.50/5 (10 ratings) · Last modified: 1/1/2004
 
A Major Spin On The Dominant Blues
Here is a great scale choice to throw into a 12 bar blues setting to really make things swing.
Blues · Beginner · 5658 Hits · 4.50/5 (8 ratings) · Last modified: 5/4/2006
 
Easy Blues Turnarounds
Here are some simple blues turnarounds in the key of E.
Blues · Beginner · 130682 Hits · 4.49/5 (77 ratings) · Last modified: 1/12/2000
 
Fingerpicking Blues Quickie
Here's a quick blues fingerpicking ditty that came out of the writing I did for my new ebook on Guitar Chords.
Blues · Beginner · 13490 Hits · 4.45/5 (11 ratings) · Last modified: 3/21/2002
 
Some SRV Like Playin'
Its my first online lesson :) I love the music and the fiery guitar style of SRV and want to share some SRV like style riffs created by myself.
Blues · Advanced · 10451 Hits · 4.44/5 (18 ratings) · Last modified: 2/18/2002
 
Blues licks from Buddy
Here's a couple of fun blues licks I picked up from Buddy Guy a while ago.
Blues · Intermediate · 37932 Hits · 4.44/5 (70 ratings) · Last modified: 4/29/2000
 
A Li'l Jazz Blues
*For the intermediate beginner* Take a basic twelve bar, add a pound of cayenne pepper, and this is what you come up with... (now with added MP3 for extra brightness...)
Blues · Intermediate · 109421 Hits · 4.44/5 (122 ratings) · Last modified: 4/8/2002
 
A Bone Head Blues In G Part 1
A complete 12 bar blues solo/melody, using only 4 notes from the G Major Pentatonic pattern. Updated 6-20-2007
Blues · Intermediate · 45869 Hits · 4.44/5 (50 ratings) · Last modified: 8/3/2004
 
Variations On The Shuffle
Here are two simple variations on the blues shuffle
Blues · Beginner · 21082 Hits · 4.44/5 (16 ratings) · Last modified: 4/27/2006
 
Blues In The Key Of A
I have created some jam tracks to play with. When you are ready, increase the tempos and rip away.
Blues · Intermediate · 18150 Hits · 4.44/5 (16 ratings) · Last modified: 7/25/2004
 
Stevie Ray Vaughan Type Licks II
Here are some more tasty licks in the style of that blues firebrand, Mr. Stevie Ray Vaughan...
Blues · Advanced · 106898 Hits · 4.43/5 (102 ratings) · Last modified: 6/24/1999
 
A Rockin' Texas Piano Solo For Guitar
Guitar version of bluesy piano phrasing. Not an exact transcription of any guitar or piano solo, more of an adaptation of the attitude and feel. x7 updated 3-27-2010
Blues · Intermediate · 6370 Hits · 4.43/5 (7 ratings) · Last modified: 8/31/2004
 
Exercises #1a In A Min/Maj Pentatonic
Here are exercises for becoming familiar with mixing the minor and major pentatonic scales.
Blues · Intermediate · 5704 Hits · 4.43/5 (7 ratings) · Last modified: 11/24/2005
 
Deep River Blues
Killer bluesy rag for fingerstyle guitar arranged by Doc Watson. This is a toughy and it will really improve your fingerstyle abilities if you master it.
Blues · Advanced · 93319 Hits · 4.43/5 (110 ratings) · Last modified: 5/30/2001
 
Basic stop-time blues
Here are some fairly simple "stop-time" patterns for blues beginners. Use them to play "Mannish Boy," "Hoochie Coochie Man," or any number of similar songs.
Blues · Beginner · 197944 Hits · 4.42/5 (212 ratings) · Last modified: 9/1/2000
 
Robben Ford Type Licks
Here are a few licks in the style of Robben Ford. They're mostly 16th note patterns with some nice bluesy runs thrown in.
Blues · Advanced · 153195 Hits · 4.41/5 (175 ratings) · Last modified: 8/27/1999
 
Blues Rhythm Guitar I
Let's learn the fundamentals of the blues shuffle and learn a few different ways to add interest to your blues rhythm playing with lots of examples and steps along the way.
Blues · Intermediate · 456947 Hits · 4.41/5 (413 ratings) · Last modified: 9/13/1999
 
Blues In The Key Of B
Another great Jam Track Lesson in the Key of B. Check out my Key of E lesson.
Blues · Intermediate · 10574 Hits · 4.40/5 (10 ratings) · Last modified: 9/19/2004
 
Fast + Easy Blues Scale (part three)
An explanation of the Major and Minor tonalities and how they fit into a 12 bar blues.
Blues · Beginner · 8436 Hits · 4.40/5 (10 ratings) · Last modified: 8/5/2000