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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 · 584289 Hits · 4.50/5 (688 ratings) · Last modified: 1/15/2000
12 Essential Tunes
Tunes you should know if you consider yourself a jazz guitarist, or even a jazz-influenced guitarist...
Jazz · Intermediate · 559316 Hits · 4.36/5 (343 ratings) · Last modified: 11/8/2004
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 · 457367 Hits · 4.41/5 (413 ratings) · Last modified: 9/13/1999
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 · 430048 Hits · 4.50/5 (475 ratings) · Last modified: 3/23/2001
3 Classic Metal Riffs
The names have been changed to protect the innocent, but these riffs keep on rockin'. Use them to drown out your sister's Backstreet Boys CDs...
Metal · Intermediate · 349435 Hits · 3.71/5 (438 ratings) · Last modified: 11/18/1999
7th Chord Sequences
An excerpt from Mark Levine's book, The Jazz Theory Book, covering a few different ways to practice arpeggiating your basic 7th chords.
Jazz · Intermediate · 333780 Hits · 4.11/5 (385 ratings) · Last modified: 12/1/1999
The CAGED System
My own take on The CAGED system and its application for total fretboard domination.
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 316514 Hits · 4.56/5 (178 ratings) · Last modified: 8/3/2001
Solo Fingerpicking: "Golden Valley"
'Golden Valley' is an acoustic solo from Mark Hanson's book, "The Art of Solo Fingerpicking", and features a beautiful melody over jazz-influenced chords.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 285306 Hits · 3.94/5 (446 ratings) · Last modified: 12/21/1999
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 · 280121 Hits · 4.62/5 (327 ratings) · Last modified: 1/19/2001
Essential Metal Soloing
A lesson covering aspects on improvising metal leads and solos. Pentatonics, Mayor, Harmonic, Diminished.
Metal · Intermediate · 249833 Hits · 4.33/5 (232 ratings) · Last modified: 8/10/2003
Bach's Invention No. 8
This is a duet arrangement of JS Bach's two-part invention in F Major, originally written for harpsichord. Play along with either part. It's great for building speed and dexterity as well as knowledge of the fingerboard.
Classical · Intermediate · 238927 Hits · 4.18/5 (290 ratings) · Last modified: 5/13/1999
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 · 236414 Hits · 4.67/5 (264 ratings) · Last modified: 12/15/1999
Blackbird Fingerpicking
Let's play a nice little fingerpicking thing using a pattern like "Blackbird" by the Beatles. We'll learn the tune and then break down the patterns and the harmony...
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 227302 Hits · 4.27/5 (194 ratings) · Last modified: 10/14/1999
Comparing Modes
Here's a handy method for memorizing the interval structure and flavor of the major scale modes and learning how to use them in your own playing.
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 217426 Hits · 4.87/5 (342 ratings) · Last modified: 9/4/2001
1 2 Bar. Swing And Jump Blues: Riff
An ideal riff to get out of the blues box. Learn how to jazz-up your solos without having to study till your hands bleed. Goto for more free instruction
Blues · Intermediate · 214325 Hits · 4.00/5 (240 ratings) · Last modified: 1/5/2005
Blues Rhythm Guitar II
Whether you're playing in a band or playing accompaniment for someone else, here are some comping ideas you can use to expand your rhythm playing.
Blues · Intermediate · 212602 Hits · 4.09/5 (150 ratings) · Last modified: 9/13/1999
Basic Scale Patterns
Using scale patterns helps to create some nice variations in your single-note solos. Here's a few basic ideas that you can use to make your solos more interesting.
Rock/Pop · Intermediate · 205964 Hits · 4.31/5 (218 ratings) · Last modified: 6/7/1999
Mastering Chord/Melody: The Basics
An interactive book excerpt covering some of the fundamentals about learning to play "chord/melody" in which harmony, melody, rhythm, and sometimes bass parts are played simultaneously.
Jazz · Intermediate · 204737 Hits · 4.11/5 (210 ratings) · Last modified: 2/24/2000
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 · 204186 Hits · 4.63/5 (180 ratings) · Last modified: 10/29/1999
Jimmy Page Style Licks
Here's a few licks in the style of Jimmy Page. The first few examples examine his uncanny use of rhythm, and the later ones cover more of the bluesy nature of his style.
Rock/Pop · Intermediate · 196781 Hits · 4.32/5 (199 ratings) · Last modified: 6/2/2000
Can You Say "Cliche"?
You've heard them more than a few times - here's a couple of common rock licks. Should you use them in your playing? Only you can decide that...
Rock/Pop · Intermediate · 192561 Hits · 3.91/5 (124 ratings) · Last modified: 6/11/1999
Using the Major Pentatonic Scale
Here's how the play the major pentatonic scale with a few licks shown in different styles for easy incorporation into your playing...
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 185152 Hits · 4.08/5 (138 ratings) · Last modified: 9/13/1999
2-Note Blues
By orders of the Blue master himself, Jim B, here's some mo Blues!
Blues · Intermediate · 182778 Hits · 3.64/5 (169 ratings) · Last modified: 3/10/2000
More Alternate Picking
But master, I have been diligent and mastered those previous exercises.
Basics · Intermediate · 174209 Hits · 3.85/5 (149 ratings) · Last modified: 3/18/2005
Minor Pentatonic Forms
Let's learn the fingerings for the 5 basic minor pentatonic forms, play some licks using them, and then learn how to connect them.
Rock/Pop · Intermediate · 168206 Hits · 4.36/5 (143 ratings) · Last modified: 8/5/1999
A Fingerstyle Medley
Great sounding stuff I learned from watching one of my favorite fingerstyle players. Check out all the pages as I will be adding more to this.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 167297 Hits · 4.42/5 (286 ratings) · Last modified: 4/25/2003
Funk Comping Patterns in E
Sometimes you play sparse lines, and sometimes you play a bit more, but it's all in the name of funk and the rhythm. Here's a few ideas to help get the funk out.
Funk/R&B · Intermediate · 167032 Hits · 4.21/5 (170 ratings) · Last modified: 5/18/1999
Modes of the Major Scale
Here's a discussion of how modes work, as applied to the C major scale. It covers both how to play them melodically as scales, and harmonically as chords.
Theory/Reference · Intermediate · 163191 Hits · 4.59/5 (98 ratings) · Last modified: 6/2/1999
Basic Bends
There are a couple of choice bends that are mandatory for any good blues guitarist to have under their fingers. Here's some of the best in the context of a 12-bar blues in E.
Blues · Intermediate · 162286 Hits · 4.16/5 (211 ratings) · Last modified: 5/18/1999
Wes Montgomery Type Blues Licks
Here's a few blues licks in the style of Wes Montgomery, who many consider the father of modern jazz guitar. There's some nice double-stop runs, and bluesy lines over changes.
Jazz · Intermediate · 160628 Hits · 4.20/5 (108 ratings) · Last modified: 8/27/1999
Maple Leaf Rag
Here is a fingerstyle arrangement of Scott Joplin's ragtime classic, complete with alternating bass. The fingerings aren't too difficult and it sounds great when you really get it going.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 159994 Hits · 4.71/5 (247 ratings) · Last modified: 5/28/1999
Getting a Grip on Hammers and Pulls
The basics of hammer-on and pull-off technique with tons 'o examples and licks. We'll learn the fundamentals and then mix and match them to create interesting patterns and licks.
Rock/Pop · Intermediate · 159473 Hits · 4.12/5 (171 ratings) · Last modified: 7/20/1999
Bach's Bourree in E Minor
This is a pretty well-known piece that you can use to help both your fingerpicking and your dexterity. It has some really nice changes and is a fun one to play when you really get it going.
Classical · Intermediate · 157435 Hits · 4.56/5 (211 ratings) · Last modified: 5/31/1999
A Whiskey Before Breakfast
This is a cool flatpicking tune. Learn each part then play with a friend. A classic!
Bluegrass · Intermediate · 151816 Hits · 4.48/5 (86 ratings) · Last modified: 1/8/2005
Blues Turnarounds
Here's a couple of blues turnarounds in E. They're pretty standard but definitely have that bluesy feel to them. If you want more interesting ones, start bugging Jim Burger...
Blues · Intermediate · 151188 Hits · 4.39/5 (137 ratings) · Last modified: 5/28/1999
Banjo Style Fingerpicking For Guitar
Learn some techniques that banjo players use to get that fluid, rolling fingerpicking sound, and play them on guitar.
Bluegrass · Intermediate · 149450 Hits · 4.66/5 (164 ratings) · Last modified: 2/22/2001
A few handy minor bop runs
something simple to do in the min7 (or a relative maj7) when you are starting your jazz soloist career.
Jazz · Intermediate · 147160 Hits · 4.54/5 (147 ratings) · Last modified: 10/7/1999
Double Stops
Here's a few different ways to play two or even three note chords over a G blues. Most of the licks are pretty common, but some might surprise you...
Blues · Intermediate · 143031 Hits · 4.08/5 (84 ratings) · Last modified: 6/15/1999
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 · 142610 Hits · 4.74/5 (171 ratings) · Last modified: 3/25/2002
Flamenco Chord Progressions
An Overview of Some Commomly Used Chord Progressions in Flamenco Music
Flamenco · Intermediate · 140493 Hits · 4.13/5 (124 ratings) · Last modified: 9/4/2006