December 6, 2018 at 6:04 am #117976
I’m a guitar player for many years as an amatuer , and i want to learn and improve with blues guitar playing …
the thing is , I dont know where to start , i know a little bit of the scales but not perfect , most of the time i play along with songs… but can’t improvize when the solo parts arrive ….
I dont understand where to start ? how to chose a back tracking song and play along ,,,
I need your advice ,,, what lessons do it need to take ????
Thank you all for your time ,
December 6, 2018 at 6:46 am #117978
The Blues lead course is a good resource for learning new licks and phrases. When I first signed on as a premium member here, I had been “playing guitar” off and on for 25+ years but had little in the way of useful knowledge, save for chord progressions. I was floored that you could take one simple lick and play it on every chord of a 1-4-5 progression and have it sound awesome!
In that regard, Brian has a lot of licks in the BLC that will help you to begin to embellish. Take one lick and once you have it down, begin to tweak it a bit. Change a note or two. Play it with different fingers. Find the same lick on a different part of thr neck. Add some triplet trills (a la Clapton).
Do you have a favorite blues artist? Brian probably has a “in the style of” lesson on that artist. Worknon this lesson, there are probably many takeaways from it that you can apply to your playing. I find there are licks Brian used in his lessons that I now use all of the time in my playing. That’s the whole secret, you are learning “words” that you will be able to use elsewhere. Much like learning to do anything, it’ll get easier and more natural as time goes on.
Hope this helps! Just have to dig in and start.
December 6, 2018 at 1:27 pm #118004
Mark speaks the truth. And I would add this: You need to learn the pentatonic scale positions all over the neck. The Blues Lead Course is a good way to get familiar with them. Also, pick one of Brian’s lessons that you really like and learn it perfectly. Then see if you can change a note here and there. Then see if you can change a lick here and there.
Another good exercise is to put on one of Brian’s 12 bar jam tracks (maybe some of the BB King style lessons) and just play the pentatonic scales ascending, then descending.
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