In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play an entire blues solo using 2 patterns of the minor pentatonic scale, and one of the major pentatonic scale. In addition, we’ll discuss what it is about the pentatonic scales that guitar players love.
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Frankie D says
Hi Brian, In my opinion, your explanations are what make your lessons so valuable, and above the fray. I find that if I understand what you’re doing, I can use those ideas ai a different time, when they fit. My vote is to not change what you do so well. ✌️😎🎸🎼
Tim P says
Yes, I agree with Frankie D. , and your pace is what keeps me engaged.
I’m with Tim and Frankie. Don’t change a thing.
Gregory P says
Great lesson, I need to remember the scales, but I don’t. Great job Brian, I have been a member of Active Melody for years off and on. I enjoyed this lesson and plan to try to tune in regularly. Thanks
Scott N says
Yep. This is why I’m subscribed to AM and not another of the many sites. I need to understand the “why” of what I’m playing.
Tim Moran says
Exactly! Many sites tell you how to play something without explaining why, leaving me wondering how they came up with that lick or solo. If I don’t know the thought process, then I’ve only learned that lick or solo, not how to come up with other licks or solos. This lesson was one of the best I’ve seen on AM (and there have been a lot of great ones) – because it really helped me understand how to move between major and minor in a practical way. I also love it because I love Chicago blues…
Jill B says
I agree, please dont stop talking and explaining….love your instruction
Sukru Y says
I totally agree with Frankie D.
Gavin B says
Brian, your explanations are super! It’s like having a chat with a friend.
warren c says
I also agree with Frankie….ramble on Brian
Totally agree – don’t change your style.
James H says
Just to add this too: your talking and explanations are what set you apart, in my opinion. They’ve really helped me understand my instrument better. Keep it up, Brian!
Charlie M says
Don’t change. I like that way.
rob y says
Totally agree with Frankie D and the others. I need to understand the concepts behind the licks to make meaningful (and lasting) progress. Just keep on talking, Brian!
Jim M says
Completely agree, the commentary is what makes these lessons great. Stay with what is working well!
Stan C says
1000%! Keep talking Brian.
Thomas S says
I fully agree! I absolutely love the way that you teach and I wouldn’t want you to change a thing. I purchased my membership having seen your free posts on YouTube. Your teaching style resonates with me, I love hearing what you have to say and the insights and references to CAGED are helping me start to put what I have learned so far into perspective. I am excited to focus and really dig in and learn this stuff. You are great about reminding us all to not over play and it is very helpful when you talk about phrasing. Ok I could go on! just wanted you to know how much you are appreciated. Many Thanks
Anthony (Tony ) W says
You are right Frankie -.It helps to find out why. i agree 100%.
Will C says
Well said Frankie! We appreciate you sharing your knowledge Brian, thanks for another great lesson!
FRANK H says
I agree with Frankie, keep talking.
daniel M says
I’m a theory junkie but i like the way this was kept simple on the pentatonic structure and use of the great Albert Kings genius was a good touch.
Jim R says
Really like this composition. Can’t wait to learn it. Licks are nice!
Giuseppe (Joe) R says
You are the stuff of legend……. Ramble on with my utmost respect
Neil R says
Your laid back style and explanations are what sets you apart from so many other guitar instructors.
You make learning the guitar fun and the background information you provide is invaluable.
Don’t change a thing as the way you teach is what is perfect.
Thanks for all the outstanding lessons to help us all be better on our musical journeys no matter what level we’re at.
Iain M says
Another Albertan agrees with Neil.
Neil R says
Brian is truly a gift to us students who want to learn to be better guitar players. I have been playing guitar for many years but took lots of long sabaticals and never really progressed very much but Brian has been so helpful on my slow journey to improvement. My goal is to be more dedicated in my senior years to be as good as I can be.
I just discovered Micro Lesson 091 and it is truly phenominal. Check it out if you have a chance. Amazing the music one can improvise with using only a few notes.
Steve T says
Absolutely. It’s the very fact that Brian explains things so well and patiently that makes his lessons so valuable.
It’s a special person who possesses great talent who can put himself in the place of the beginner/ intermediate and know that what he does is very successful
(Keep up the great work Brian, don’t change, and thanks for everything)
Billy M says
Man, that’s like sex without fore play. Dudes like jumping right to it with no talk. Oh well……
Larry O says
Alexander H says
Frankie is right. That makes your lessons so engaging. Your enthusiasm is authentic and that is what you are sharing with us. As for me, keep doing what you are doing.
Richard K says
100% agree with Frankie D Brian. I have been a member for a few years and have learned more in that time than I had “learned” in the previous 40 years of banging out cowboy chords. I listen to the “why” of many lessons and then try to apply the lesson to a backing track. Only rarely do I work through the “how” of a particular composition, and only when it is in a style that I am very interested in learning. Please DO NOT change a thing!
I agree with Frankie, why consider changing a successful formula.? Your layout helps players of all skill levels.
Beginners need to be told exactly which finger to put on which string/fret,
Intermediate players want to know what scale pattern you use to create your solos.
And more advanced players like to know how and why you picked the chord progression, what was the thought process between combining those cords with that scale.
I can read the tabs myself so I tend to focus more on your commentary. Please don’t change a thing.
Keith E says
I couldn’t agree more with all the positive comments. You can look for cover versions of well-known songs anywhere but here it’s possible to gradually absorb a real knoeledge about how things work. Brian’s relaxed and natural chats are wonderful company and a great contrast with all the showy stuff online.
Dan B says
🙏100%. I’m late to the affirmation party, but will throw in another. I’ve been playing for 30 years, and in the last few months of being a member here, Brian has made ‘a million’ things click that are starting to become root knowledge and instinct – and it’s all thanks to the ‘talkie bits’; the crazy good repetition of applied theory alongside some sweet playing.
steve e says
Totally agree – Brian, your explanations and “talking too much” as you called it are what makes your videos so, so good. Please don’t change a thing.
Your site is just the best as far as I am concerned. Keep it up.
Stephen S says
willem v says
Maybe you sometimes deviate from a lick you are teaching on to another part of the guitar and then come back to finish the lick you are teaching, but you are the most inspirational teacher on this net
willem v says
lesson EP805 you started to sound a bit like Bloomfield !! sure would like to have some lessons on some of his guitar style. lot of bending.I love it
RONALD H says
Yes, like Bloomfield in the best possible way, very nicely done and would like to see more as well.
Harry P says
You’re explanations are exactly why I’ve been a member for years. Ignore them, haters gotta hate, keep doing what you are doing.
willem v says
To my favorites
I agree. What you’re doing, is great, never doubt that. Nobody’s forced to watch the entire thing. After watching a video, I’ll come back to to learn, memorize or brush up on a song. Though it’s a great reference for any future questions or absent mindedness if I have it, I don’t watch the intro each time, Those only looking to learn tabs have the same options of skipping ahead, while the rest can ‘learn’ guitar. What you’re offering is the best of both worlds. I fail to see any negatives when when you can satisfy both sides, with a mere click of the mouse. Keep up the good work.
William Y says
I don’t think that you talk too much.
Michael Allen says
I can’t wait to get this one under my fingers. Thanks Brian ” I like the way you talk”
You can never talk too much. That’s the best part of your lessons!!!
Please don’t stop talking…
Jos d says
Don’t be paranoïd! Your lessons with all your explanations are so usefull! Actually, Your lessons meant a breakthrough for me becáuse of Your explanations. Thank you for that.
Middelburg, The Netherlands.
Gary Y says
I like You explaining everything That really helps me Great job Just a suggestion How about doing a bebop Lesson.
kennard r says
I’ve added this one to my favorites. Good job.
Torquil O says
Oh my! So much to digest. a Super Session!
Gonna try to put this one together😎
Kiwi Rowan L says
Why are some people such dick heads?
If you don’t explain enough, they complain.
When you do explain they complain it’s too much or there’s too much theory.
Maybe they could post a lesson and show us how it’s done.??!!?? LOL
Everyone learns in different ways, and I think one of the best things about your lessons Brian is that there is something for everyone at all levels.
But most importantly everyone still tunes in – I’m sure they wouldn’t if it wasn’t helping them get better at playing.
Interestingly I don’t hear anyone complaining that you made them a worse guitar player!!!!
We are all better for your lessons so just ignore the internet dickheads and don’t change a thing.
Almost all of us appreciate and benefit from every lesson you share.
GO EVEN BIGGER!!!!
Raymond P says
terry b says
I love your lessons. I love the way you explain things, so we understand what we are doing. sometimes you show how to play the chords and rhythm with it. really helpful for me.
Roger R says
I couldn’t agree more—especially the first sentence. Please don’t change your teaching style. If anyone actually thinks that you talk too much, they can use the mute button.
Doug S says
I have been a member for a while now and have yet to make a comment. I just felt I need to share Brian, keep doing what you are doin’. In my humble opinion you are the best on-line teacher out there. They way you breakdown each lesson makes it easy to have those “light bulb” moments. So much so I have referred several people to your site. Keep talking and playing! I know I so appreciate you!
Jim M says
Wonderful Chicago Blues Arrangement and explained perfectly!
jerry f says
Keep talking Brian, your lessons are great
Craig C says
Dean Andrew says
I came back as a member because you talk too much!! That’s why it’s called a lesson… Brian, you always give a great explanation of where these melodies you create weekly come from. thanks man
Kiwi Rowan L says
PS – This lesson is GOLD !!!!! Thank you
J. Michael T says
No way, the explanations are very important to me. Those people are the minority I’m sure
Craig C says
Great lesson. I always enjoy your blues lessons. Thanks
San Luis Rey says
This is right in the wheelhouse as far as I’m concerned! Love everything about this lesson including your explanations. You’ve been talking to us for years and it’s really paying off. I’ll be listening as long as you are teaching. This lesson is Hall of Fame quality!
Blaine H says
WOW…. What a Great lesson….I appreciate you have other lessons that explain the combination of major and minor in a blues solo…. but for some reason, this one really addressed an outstanding issue that has been restricting my limited playing over the past year or so… when you started the solo off with the E minor Penetontic (which blew my mind – thought you couldn’t do that)) and then moved to the major A over the D chord…. really, a whole new process opened up for me….. THANK YOU….. I actually sound better… what a feeling of accomplishment…… keeping in mind I am 77… not much time left to hit the road…
Hopefully, you do similar lessons over time that really matches the sound to compliment the chord by staying in the key of the song….
Great Lesson…. and keep talking!!!!!
Michael B says
NO CHANGE NECESSARY
Mark H says
Thanks Brian for yet another great lesson. The inspirational lead lines will up my game.
Charles S says
So many nuggets for making an authentic blues lead. Great job, Brian
Tyrone M says
I think your blues lessons and your jazz lessons are tops!!!
Gary W says
I am a paying customer, because of the way you do these lessons. Keep on with the explanations, please. That’s what’s drives the interest and the desire to carry on with what is a lonely pursuit for many of us.
William W says
The lessons are perfect. Your explanations help tremendously
Guillermo L says
One of the best tutorials for quite a time. Thank you for the licks and the decision to make a blues tutorial. I dont think that you talk too much, I like the way you explain things very much. And if you are reading such comments for years, you should already know that if you ask three people you will always have four oppinions. Keep going like you did before, because obviously it was a successful story for the last decade. (+ almost 1/2 million subscribers on YT).
It’s the taking and explanations that make it real. Its why I signed up
Gerald M says
John V says
Talk too much? Maybe because they are not really listening…
kevin m says
Hi Brian, I am in agreement with the others. I think your explaining where things come from is sooo important for my learning! Keep it just the way it is.. I can only thinkthe people who are complaining have a history of complaining about everything.. Too bad for them!!
Glenn K says
Another great lesson as usual! I echo the others above. The way you teach is why I have been a member for almost 4 yrs! I read the posts here for each lesson and haven’t really seen any complaints about talking too much. I’m guessing they must be on free YouTube videos which you might want to take with a grain of salt! Keep on doing it your way!
Robert Burlin says
Wow! I need this today sounds just like the day I have had.
It sounds gnarly and today has been challenging to say the least.
Amazing how the blues can turn any ruff time into moments
vibrating in blissful dimensions.
Also, actually Brian, when you speak, words that are not even spoken by you
come through, means knowledge creeps in from in between the words.
That is a rare gift. And Brian you have it. I can not hear enough talk from you
each word is like nectar and some folks just do not like the sweet nectar
as much as the sour juice.
Keep busting the jams out Mr. B
Your explanations are necessary, don’t change a thing .
Dude! You played that sooo good! wow
Charles Q says
Your explanations are extremely valuable to some one who really wants to learn keep doing what you do great job
Mike R says
Another inspirational lesson for improvising! This really sounds great Brian and I just love how you blend in and out of one scale to another as it presents itself. Thanks for explaining your thinking process and being who you are. If you tried to give people gold, some would always find something to complain about rather than be grateful for the nugget they received.
Burton M says
The lessons are perfect. Your explanations help tremendously, thats why I stay subscribed.
Steve W says
Lovely lesson Brian, I struggle to keep up with your generosity, and need all the talking and repeated emphasis, otherwise it would all go straight over my head (we’re not all psycho)
Not many teachers go to the trouble of making simple and your empathy is part of what makes your teaching so great. I think some viewsters may benefit from practicing a little harmony.
I really like the conversational part of the lesson, whether it’s background, a new guitar, or what. You talk about whatever you want and I’ll “stick with you.”
Will L says
Jonnathan S says
Brian, love the lesson. Please keep talking!
Bill B says
I would not have stayed a member of AM for over 6 years now if you were talking too much! I think it’s safe to say that the majority of the members are clinging to just about every word during your lessons and we appreciate the thought process you’re willing to share with all of us. Keep on keeping on with the fantastic job you are doing with AM!
Michael W says
Your explanations are what make your lessons so worth while. Please keep talking!
Jack M says
Hey Brian, I am another person who does not think you talk too much. Your explanations are what make your lessons so valuable. Context is everything. Keep talking.
Glenn T says
Don’t change Brian! I really appreciate your explaining what you’re doing. That’s incredibly valuable.
Craig C says
Hi Brian I agree with the majority of comments here, don’t change the way you present your courses. I’m another that values and needs the in depth explanations. I need to know why is it so and get my head around it. Parrot fashion doesn’t work for me. Thanks and keep up the great work.
Richard F says
I disagree with those who kvetch about “talking to much.” True, when I’m looking for something on YT, if the talking goes on for more than 30 seconds, I move on. Your materials are different. We users have all the tools we need to find an entry point. If the talking puts us off, we are free to move on to another perspective of the lesson. I see no need for changes at your end.
ROBERT M says
KEEP TALKIN MATE, THAT”S WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE. FROM AUSSIE BOB.
Brain your talking really doesn’t bother me , but what i noticed is i wish maybe you would talk slower you are Chicago people up North seem to talk faster im dumb southern boy we go slow talk slow some time i have a hard time keeping up with you I play well but still learning as always most do but seems you start off well with your lessons but when it comes to the difficult parts seems you are not clear at times and i have to watch over and over the im premium member so i have all the goodies but I like your lessons and im sure i wont be leaving any time soon i learn something every lesson even if it just a small part i find a way to use thanks .
Ramble on !
Donald W says
As a player that’s trying to break the barrier of knowing how to navigate the guitar, I find your lessons have too much information to take on board at one time. This is not a complaint, it’s my problem not yours. Keep doing what you’re doing the explanations will sink in one day.
Stuart R says
Like you always say Brian – the aim of Active Melody is to teach people to improvise when playing guitar. Your explanations of the ‘why’ are essential for that context, relevant & I’m never left confused. That’s why Brian will always be THE guitar teacher for me & many others.
If people post negatively about Brian & his fabulous lessons, they don’t love great music or have curiosity to want to know how to write music & improvise.
If you just want to memorise & not learn I suggest you watch the slow walk through, or play along with tablature or follow the pdf. This is also something Brian offers that I’ve not seen anywhere else for a very affordable & reasonable price.
Brian – stay exactly as you are because you’re an inspiration to me & many other aspiring guitarists!
Dominique B says
Please, Brian, start giving explanations again in your micro lessons, you stopped doing it after ML77. We need them soooo much.Thank you
I signed up to hear you talk and explain. And you dos great job with that. There is a thing called fast forward. Next thing they’ll want is you to reach through the screen and play it for them. Ha ha. Keep up the great vids. My fast forward works fine.
Shaun M says
Lesson style and explanation works perfectly for me.
I’m not a natural or virtuoso player – and although I often dive straight into trying to play the piece – I also like to understand the ‘why’ as well as the ‘what’ – and I’m always re-winding and re-playing the sections of the lessons.
If people don’t need the explanation, they can go straight to the Soundslice. If there’s a lot to take in, re-play the explanations!
I think you have a style and format that works for all levels of players – which is why I’m a long-term subscriber. This is the best guitar teaching platform out there in my humble opinion : )
Barry B says
I like it Brian, best since EP496,
Awesome lesson Brian, destined to become yet another classic. And … keep doing what you’re doing, you’re doing all right! Top of the class in my book! 👏👏👏🌟👏👏 Keep on pickin’ and all the best! 🥸🎸🥸
A little slower would suit me but as every one says the explainations and chat are all part of the fun so keep em coming were listenting intetnly. This weeeks blues is amongs the best you have put out there to my mind. I absolutely love it and will have great fun getting these licks down. I am just begining to be able to vibrato a bend reasonably, so now I have a great demo to catch up with and a few of those fast run downs can always make for a nice contrating statement. Should you feel inclined a couple more weeks of this style would be a real treat. You can see how popular it is by the amount of replies so far.
Will L says
Please keep the explanations in, they are fab!
I am impressed at how you have accommodated those of us with different wishes!
Keep it up!
Oh wow, so good! I also love those bursts. They can make slow pieces so much more interesting. I’ve been trying to practice those bursts lately, so this lesson comes in quite handy. Also many other licks in there that I would like to make my own. Lastly, thanks for letting the Em lick at the beginning in there and explaining why. It’s been exactly those side notes that taught me so much about the Blues and music theory over the years. And that I am extremely thankful for.
Please keep talking !
It is pleasant and very useful. Sometime , i listen a lesson 20 (or more …) times to finally understand …
Gerald W says
Says it all
Kevin S says
You’re not the waiter, you’re the chef! Keep on doing what you do,( serving up tasty lessons.) Sorry, ex-wife is a foodie:-(
Keep talking. I know I’ve learned something when I can anticipate what you’re about to say.
as one of the very senior followers of your teaching – just can say its all perfect for me and you improved so much over the years !!! Regards from Switzerland
Paul M says
Brian, human nature seemingly directs us to the negative comments and makes us doubt ourselves. Hold the line and embrace the love that is obviously in in this week’s room.
Wonderful lesson- many thanks.
Patrick J. G says
You’re one of the best teachers I’ve had. You hit home with me and many others. Keep doing what you do and I’m staying with you.
Joel R says
If you don’t want explanations, plenty of backing tracks and pdf on you tube
AM is very valuable, BECAUSE of Explanations.!!!!
That is the most important part .
Keep talking…..and that is good for my brain ( I am French)
Darryl P says
Brian, I want to add my voice to the number of your students that completely disagree with the notion that “you talk too much”. Please, do not change your style of presenting your lessons. It’s your explanations that make the lesson. Darryl
Dale Y says
I don’t think you talk too much during the lessons, Brian. There’s more to a lesson than just playing the notes.
Love this video….I do have a quick question! In your video (around the 7 minute mark) you say this is position 4 for the A major pentatonic…but wouldn’t these 3 notes actually either be part of position 1 or 3? I don’t see how those 3 notes represent the shape 4 position. Please let me know if I’m missing something and thank you!!
Michael M says
Yep. You missed something. He says Pattern 4 of the MAJOR Pentatonic SCALE. It works out to Pattern (Position) 4 of the A MAJOR Pentatonic. It is just three notes of the pattern., F#, A, and B. You can Google Pattern 4 Pentatonic SCALE Guitar to see the entire pattern. Hope this helps.
Bo R says
There is not one wasted work in any of these lessons.
And this is why I put my money up: I’m probably going on my fourth year as a premium member, and not only do I listen, I take notes.
Thank you for such quality instruction.
Dave C says
Brian, Keep talking! That’s where the real learning happens, Thanks,
Jeff L says
Great Lesson ! Thats what I signed up for learning to play the blues on a electric guitar. Please more lessons like this Thank You
Mark W says
Keep talking! That’s what I come to this site for, to learn concepts and practical theory. I like your style. I can always fast forward if I want to, but rarely do. Thx and keep going as you do.
John A says
I have been playing guitar for a very long time.
When I discovered your lessons 2 years ago I said
“This guys talks to me.”. Your lessons are like talking to a guitar buddy every Saturday morning.
Don’t change a thing. Great stuff. Thanks
We spend one week waiting you talking. You reached 500 lessons with success. No time for stop talking!!!!!
Daniel H says
You guitar talks and you talk. Sometimes I don’t understand you but I get your guitar. Sometimes I don’t get your guitar but I understand you.
Between the two of you, I know I’ll learn something! Your opening dialogue and closing dialogue with each lesson is perfect… Professor!
Harry B says
Don’t listen to the nay sayers, Brian, and don’t change a thing. We all like the way you do it.
Awesome pentatonic blues, Brian! Another must learn for me.
GREAT LESSON BRIAN AND YOUR EXPLANATION OF IT WAS ONCE AGAIN SPOT ON KEEP IT UP MAN CHEERS
kevin m says
It looks like everyone who has left a reply feels the same about your thoughtful teaching style. Usually, online stuff feels a bit distant, but your lessons feel personal. I am sure others feel the same way!! Thank you Brian, for making musicians out of us!😉
Jeff B says
Brian, don’t change a thing. I enjoy your format, comments, and the ever changing different guitars, vintage finds, etc. i love it.
Gerald M says
keep talking my teacher!!!
Paul N says
Brian, When you talk, I learn! DON’T STOP EVER!!!!
Paul N says
PS – The improv lesson was so instructive! Please do more!
Chris G says
Brian, there are many “teachers” of guitar out there on the internet. Unfortunately, many of them are excellent guitar players and very poor teachers. Your style is very detailed, and at times, I admit, I become a little “antsy” to get on with the meat of the lesson. However, your attention to detail is what makes you different and so valuable to a student. I always listen to your full “explanations” and often repeat lessons over time, I have learned more from you than anyone else – you are a great teacher and a great guitar player, thank you.
Raymond P says
A beautiful piece of music and a fantastic lesson. Please don’t change your lesson format or the way you discuss the lessons in any way.
Peter W says
Another great lesson from a great teacher.
Been a subscriber for 5 years and I’ve never once thought you talked too much. I learn when I listen to you.
ALSO, we need to remember – you can’t please all of the assholes all of the time.
James W says
Thanks Brian, perfect practice material for the week for me. And I pay the monthly fee to hear to talk, otherwise I could just play tabs.
Brian, I have belonged to other guitar websites in the past and just wanted you to know that you have really taught me a lot about playing the guitar, and now when I go to learn a song or idea I am no longer lost in understanding of what is going on, not that I am at the level you are others are at, But let me just say that sometimes repeating an idea or concept can be the switch that turns on the light bulb for me. Good idea for others out there that may be ahead of the class to put up the clock , for me I also enjoy the background information. Keep up the great lessons, always look forward each week with a new lesson. This is the best place to learn in my opinion.
Jerry P says
I need to apply for a Fun License! Talk all you want to. My tele thanks you. I thank you as a longtime member.
James S says
Killer tone! Curious what you run your Kemper into for that great in-the-room sound?
the kemper is going straight into my audio interface… so the guitar tone is all created via Kemper
Nick Ll says
Superb lesson – keep talking Brian
I’m slightly confused when you say in the first video at about 6:30, “remember we are in the key of A”. Are we not in the key of C which has A minor as its relative minor and no sharps or flats in the key signature, as shown in the manuscript above the tab?
Sorry Nick – I removed previous comment. This song is in the key of A. I’m playing A minor pentatonic and A major pentatonic scales for the lead. Ignore the comment about C. I was just explaining that A minor pentatonic scale is the exact same scale (notes) and C major pentatonic
Nick Ll says
I’m trying to get my brain around music theory at the same time as improving my guitar playing so your whole approach is perfect.
In this case if the key is A major rather than C major/A minor shouldn’t there be three sharps in the key signature of the manuscript which accompanies the video tablature breakdown? If not, then I’m still confused about what is meant by a blues in the key of A. Do we distinguish between a blues in A major and a blues in A minor or are all, or almost all, blues pieces in minor key thereby making the question purely academic? Maybe I’m getting too hung up about whether it’s major or minor? This whole area is a source of confusion to me so any clarification would be welcome.
that key signature in the notation is all automatically created – i have nothing to do with it. the gist is this. if the song is in a major key (like this one) – you can play the major OR minor pentatonic scale for the key of the song, or combine them.. however, if the song is in a minor key then you can only play the minor pentatonic scale (assuming we’re just talking pentatonics)
Nick Ll says
That makes sense – and I think the automatically generated notation simply puts the sharps in as incidentals rather than putting them in as a key signature at the start. All good – thanks for the clarification.
Dale C says
Best teacher in the world. Change nothing. Tell them to buy ear plugs and the rest of us will listen to you.
Paul B says
Looks like us lot could listen to you talking all day Brian.
Active Melody is the perfect place for me and judging by the comments you get I’m not alone. If some folk don’t want to listen it’s maybe not the right place for them, perhaps a timestamp may be a solution.
You’ve got it just right Brian. So…..as klox says “Ramble On”
Greg T says
I enjoy your explanations and additional details that you add to the lessons. You cannot please everyone and at any given time, they can slide the seek bar to any part of the video.
I usually rest a sore wrist, tune, find dropped picks and replenish my cold Pale Ale during your anecdotes, and I always seem to learn something new. The lesson format is not affected by the additional commentary. Appreciate the additional details!
Michael N says
I very much respect and appreciate your explanations and all you discuss, Brian. Please keep it up. Your lesssons and explanations help me progress in my guitar playing. Thank you and please keep up the GREAT work!!
After 10 + years the reason I am still with AM is the great way you explain the lesson content,it makes it much
easier to follow and keeps me motivated , I am always looking forward for the next lesson.
Great work !!!! Thanks.
Andre L says
You never talk too much, every word is important.
I have learned a lot by listening to you, I like the way you teach.
Joe N says
Keep talking-wonderful lesson. Love the groove.
Bill F says
Awesome lesson. Your cool phrasing and tone was reminiscent of Mike Bloomfield. Outstanding!!
Trevor E says
I subscribed in part because I LOVE your explanations. Please keep talking as you always do. And FYI, I’m British and have no problem with your accent or speed you speak at. And your guitar playing’s pretty good too, btw! Many thanks. Really love this club.
Paul B says
Brian, I wait with anticipation every Friday to see what small gifts your new lesson brings me. Sometimes. Fridays are the best – like a brand new 3-speed bike on Christmas morning, the one I really wanted. Some days the present is a pair of socks – I know I need them, but I was hoping for a bike! Still, the socks are useful and make my shoes feel good. Then there is the 3D chess set… I can play chess – barely – but in 3D it is just, too much. But, I keep the chess set and hope that one day I will be able to play the game with some sort of proficiency. I guess what I’m saying is that every gift may not be perfect, but they come from a meaningful place, from a person who cares about the recipient.
This lesson is not completely new, I’ve watched and listened to you teach this a couple times in past lessons. But you know, every time I watch a lesson on pentatonic scale solos I learn something new. Finally, over the past weeks, your lessons have created that “light bulb” moment and I have jumped a couple ladder rungs and can entertain myself by playing solos with backing tracks – having a blast! They actually sound OK and because of your lessons, I can hear the chord changes and find the roots to make them feel right. This lesson emphasizes this, while the new licks and approach to more complex runs has broadened my learning, again. It’s like getting the socks, the bike and a promise of the chess set, all in one. So, thank you for that!
As for talking too much… I am disappointed to hear that you feel this way because people are saying you talk too much. By adding the “lesson start” at 10:00, you solved any concerns a few people might have. Good on you. I am sure that those 10 minutes saved will change lives, around the world… I echo what the vast majority have said, this is why I stay with Active Melody and have dropped all the other courses I started with, including private lessons. Private lessons have a place, for sure. But, in a half hour session, there is very little room for explanation. And it is the explanation that is what we are learning from. And as far as you talking too fast? This could be a cognitive thing for some people. I would suggest we watch the lesson through and then grab the guitar and follow along a second time – works for me!
So, please keep up the gift giving and I will keep receiving, and learning and enjoying!
Steve M says
Great lesson and I love your explanations which greatly aid my development. It would help me in this lesson (/and in all lessons ) to have a version of the Jam Track at the slow walkthrough speed.
Douglas H says
Please make every effort to NOT shorten your explanations! I can’t measure the amount I learn from listening. Time to starve the low-no attention span folks once and for all.
William B says
Great lesson. If others want a lesson to get great speed look at EP025.Helped me.
Andy M says
Hey Brian, I’m in England, I love your work,- it’s the best content out there for post beginner / intermediate guitar players.
You do not talk too much,- you’re good at getting your message across, and you love the country rock, blues style which is what your viewers want . I have guitar playing friends in Germany who watch you,- your chemistry with your chat, guitar, camera is spot on.
(Anyone who wants riffs and solos transcribed piece meal can find them easily elsewhere).
Don’t get bored and give it all up, there’s loads of us who would miss you weekly enthusiasm.
If you do manage to write a massive country music hit and scoop a jackpot, please don’t forget us!
Gary L says
Brian, please don’t change a thing you do to simplify music for your AM students, I love your way of teaching, that’s why i’m still with AM, Thanks
WOW! Overwhelming support to not change a thing for all the reasons all ready mentioned ! Be gone paranoia!
Two Below says
Convey insights, yes, but I’ve never heard you ramble.
Pierre L says
I also like your explanations. The length of the lessons is perfect. IMHO, no need to change anything.
Glenn S says
Your explanations are what sets you apart and far above other sites. You talk direct to us like a private lesson. Dont change, your information is priceless!!! Thank you.
peter w says
Brian, as with others I find your ‘background’ explanations invaluable however I do understand that more advanced players can do without that so I reckon your decision to put the time stamp up for them is like everything else you do – brilliant.
Aaron P. says
Brian, I hope you never change your style of teaching! You don’t talk too much in my opinion. How you explain things has really helped me become a more knowledgeable guitarist. You have a gift. So stick with your style. It’s working for all of us!!
William J says
Brian, keep on doing what you’re doing. It’s perfect!
Alan O says
I agree with the other comments in that you do not talk to much. Your knowledge and explanations on everything are excellent and you deliver the content in a way that connects with me and makes me feel like you are sitting in my living room. That is why I joined. Don’t change!
Ted L says
Hey Brian…… You explain things so well… Dont change.
John P says
Please keep up the explanation (the talking). For me, that is why I’m a paying member. I’d curious to know if the “cut to the chase” folk are just the You Tube audience as distinct from us members who want, and need your in depth tutoring.
Peter A says
If you don’t like the dialogue,skip over it.At least it’s there if you need clarification.Besides ,we learn from your personality, your attitude to interpretation, music ain’t just playing notes.
Love your lessons.
Joe C says
Wow, you have one of the best guitar schools I’ve seen online! Talk to much? Not even.,. The way I see it my friend, no need to fix what isn’t broken, right? Great blues lesson right here, please keep sending them;*)
BTW, how long into your guitar journey before you took the pinky out of your blues scales and do you do so in all five positions, and other styles and scales or just blues?. What would you say is the main reason to consider punting the PINKY? Cheers Brian
John F says
Looks like adding the timestamp should please everyone. I have only been a member since about EP484 and only picked up a guitar 2 years ago so find the chat sections very useful to help understand the why and set the seen for the lessons. One day I hope to be a good as many of you members and then I can see why the time stamp for the lesson is good.
Maxwell E says
Don’t “ F” with a good thing !
Liam Innes says
Great lesson as always but I have to say that I’m not overly keen on this new approach with the tabs up on the screen doing most of the explanation.
I’ve always loved and appreciated the way you take the time to go over each lick in depth and I really hope you go back to doing so as it’s now taking twice as long to learn having to pause and go back way more than before.
Love and respect brother.
Scott M says
Please don’t change ANYTHING about the way you’ve been structuring and explaining your lessons. It’s extremely valuable info that you also explain really well. Some of the technical details about intervals and chord numbering is stuff that I’m literally absorbing by your repetition of things during your lessons. It is definitely a big part to why I subscribe to your awesome lessons. Thanks again for cranking out quality lessons weekly.
Keith S says
Please don’t change your explanations! One reason I’m a Premium member. I spend a part of every morning with AM and your explanations are my “music theory “ education. Thx
Andreas P says
These great and logical explanations are what makes the lessons so unique and memorable, thank you for that! Other teachers seem to keep the mechanics behind hidden for making them looking more genious. I wouldn’t be a lead guitar player like i am today without Brian and his courses!
Louie S says
Hey Brian, I look forward to the lessons with dialogue and background info. Yes, I do often memorize the lesson to impress myself and others but being able to understand what I’m playing is invaluable. I appreciate your sensitivity to all needs and opinions but I wouldn’t change a thing,
This is an awesome lesson Brian. Your take on blues improv is so cool. And, though many others have also said this already, the talking/explaining is -exactly- why I keep coming here dude. If someone wants just the ‘action’ part of how-to there is the ridiculously great video tab. Talking about it is key to seeding ideas, for me. Things you say more than once, I finally figured out, are sometimes the most important. I can’t imagine less ‘talk’ dude. Nope.
Dick S says
Brian, Don’t change anything! I subscribed to your channel because I like your approach to teaching. I need the reason why things work the way they they do. Improvising is just that, playing what I feel in a defined framework. I can’t follow tablature to save myself and hardly ever play exactly the way you do…….but I do need the framework. So keep on talking cause I’m listening.
I listen to Brian on a loop when I sleep, lol. Keep on talkin’. Thank you for the best lessons out there.
Marc J says
Great lesson and killer tone! Is this through a Kemper? Profile or amp settings would be appreciated. Thanks!
Yes, all through the Kemper – it was a Matchless amp profile I believe.
Wow! Great lesson you are really using some dynamics. Very inspiring just what working on now.
Ruediger V says
Love your lessons ! Great explanations. . Please don’t ever change.
Thank you for everything
David D says
Another fantastic lesson, please don’t change a thing. Your approach to instruction is clear, concise, and motivating.
John R says
Most often I go directly to the SoundSlice full screen mode to review your lessons. I try them out. There’s always something that makes me wonder, “how’s he do that?” or “where does that come from?” That’s when I go to the breakdown and descriptions you provide. It’s a wonderful resource to have available.
Eric H says
Hey Brian – keep on talking as much as you want. It’s all a great learning lesson. Don’t change ANYTHING (regarding talking) 🙂
Jerry A says
Don’t change a thing., really. I get a lot more out of your lessons because of this; and I also get ideas about how to use them.
Max d says
Just got to your lesson, Brian…. What a response from your fan club. There is absolutely no problems with your “rambling”. Always great lessons, with lots of explanations and anecdotes, if not always in the guitar style I favour to be learning. 👍 Max
Roland Fischer says
Thanks Brian – Yes, another great lesson and – No, you don’t talk too much. Your enthusiasm is palpable and your comments are welcome and helpful.
William E says
HI Brian as a former pilot I can say that you give both ground school ( theory) and practical application to your lessons, and because of this I can play all over the fretboard and understand what I am doing after floating on you tube for years. Continue to do what you do, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Thanks for teaching the way you do. A member for life.
Keep talking Brian and pay no attention to the plonkers
John S says
Brian, your yapping is what keeps me coming back because the more you talk the better I can understand what you’re teaching. Just keep doing what you do.
Mike H says
Fantastic lesson Brian! I really enjoyed this one! And I think your explanations are perfect. Don’t change a thing!
Peter H says
Great lesson, Brian. As far as people complaining about you talking to much I say ignore them. Some people have zero interest in learning music theory and they just want to parrot other people’s music instead of learning how to make their own. I have learned so much about writing music from you and I will always be in your debt for that.
Jeff M says
Like a lot of other subscribers, I’m here BECAUSE you explain the why behind what you’re doing. I’ve enjoyed your site for many years now and hope
that the format doesn’t change.
KIRK E says
Good lesson. Keep talking.
Eric v says
Why does bending on the 8Th fret B string while playing A minor pentatonic? That note would be G sharp……I don’t get it.
Great lesson. I can play the notes but I sure don’t sound like you.
Quinn M says
I really like everything about your lessons and your website. Your explanations are perfect…not too complicated and yet thorough. Great job!!!!
Geoff V says
What we love is the combination of really expressive music, created from scratch, AND the explanation of how to do it. (At least that’s what I like, and I don’t think I’m alone.)
… The magic, and a peek behind the curtain to see how it’s done. Insight into creation. I don’t think we get that so clearly anywhere else. Gives us hope that one day we may be able to do it too 😊.
Great lesson, one of your best. Keep doing what you do.
Michael S says
Great lesson, not too much talking because you’re explaining concepts.
Looking forward for more!
Rick H says
Hey Brian, apologies if you answered this somewhere else, what pedal, (setup) and amp are you using for this lesson please?
Bart Louwman says
Clear explanation of a difficult subject. Brings understanding a bit closer, so yes keep on talking too:)
Charles M says
This is one of the most FAVE of my favorites collection. The subtle voicing of the bends is a real challenge, but worth the work when it is done right. Keep up all your good work.
Stephen J says
I’ve been a premium member of AM for several years now and it’s your excellent teaching style and explanations that make me stay.
I think I would have given up guitar long ago or just carried on learning parrot fashion from you tube videos without AM. So please continue doing what you do Brian, I have learned so much from your lessons and sure I’ll go on learning.
" Slappy" says
Your commentary helps me understand the structure and why we play the notes we play. This is a cool jam. and now for some improving…….. yeah baby yeah!
Kennard Y says
So, I have been a member for a while now and I have found myself FFWD past some of the talking BUT, I ALWAYS regret it later in the lesson. So I have stopped skipping the commentary. I have learned to slow myself down and I seem to learn faster in the long run and have better understanding. Keep the comments and talking but thanks for the jump marks for those that want them. That’s the perfect solution.
Kyle G says
Brian, your playing and compositions are outstanding and perfect for me. And you talk just enough to explain it…in fact, I think sometimes you feel rushed to get through things when I wouldn’t mind hearing a little more. Kyle
Paul B says
One of the things I like, and sometimes you don’t do enough of is explanation, I know you’re trying to not over complicate. As guitar players progress and learn the 5 pentatonic positions, then move to playing the chord tones which can take you outside of staying on the same key throughout the song, and sometimes including both major and minor; and occasionally using Mixolydian or other modes of expression. I enjoy the connection between knowing what I’m playing and the mode or position we’re using and changing it for flavor!
Lynne R says
You have to be more than reassured after all of the positive comments …….so keep talking and explaining. I am certain that you get tired of repeating certain teaching points but the repetition is what drives these points home. Your methods are excellent and the reason that I stay with your site. Don’t change a thing!
Andy D says
Don’t change a thing, Brian!! Your lessons are great as they are – always. If one doesn’t suit our taste, we can always revisit other lessons or just wait until next week. Your lessons are a treasure trove – there is enough stuff in there for a lifetime’s learning. I love them. And anyway, how are we supposed to learn if you don;t talk.
Keep on keeping on, I say
Brian, I’ve been a member for many years and played guitar for over 60 years and think that your pace and explanations (taking) is just about right given the skill range of your audience. I’m sure most of I realize that you have players from beginners, intermediate and advance all of which need different levels of explanations or material background. Having a time stamp is a great idea and should satisfy a majority of your followers.
I enjoy your lessons. This old dog still learns new things from your site.
David N says
Brian, I just have to put my 2 cents in as well. I agree with Frankie D. ! Please don’t change a thing. You are the best teacher on the internet. Keep on keeping on please !!
Thanks much !
Ronald J says
Your taking gets us into your head to understand what you are thinking and what you do and how you do it. That is why I am a member – I wan’t the teaching that you give!!! It is INVALUABLE! Great idea to put the time stamp for those who just want the lesson. Keep up what you are doing and how you are doing it.
Lawrence P says
Hi Brian, I recently became a paying customer after enjoying many of your free lessons. Some online guitar guys definitely talk too much, but even though you talk a lot, it does not seem excessive to me (though the time stamp is a good idea). I really like the interactive tab, and what really sold me on your lessons is that you seem to be one of the few online teachers that focuses a lot on mixing lead and chord-based leads with rhythm, which is exactly what I want to get better at, so thanks for that! Keep up the good work.
I’ve always enjoyed the Lonnie Johnson influence in your work. Blues that get dark with little touches of lightness in them. It’s a particular style that you don’t hear that often.
You keep talking up a storm Brian; hearing what’s on a man’s mind is pure gold in the world of creative people.
Kenneth M says
You said in video #1 that you get complaints that you talk too much. I’m not one of those complainers. I love your explanations and observations. Thanks for all you do. Cheers.
Andrew J says
Great lesson – How did you know that the Major shapes for A would work over these chords (as well as the Minor shapes for the same Scale)
So you used A Major pattern for those higher notes but mainly also A Minor shape patterns for the rest?
Eric C says
I have become a premium member because you talk and you explain perfectly what is going in on whatever lesson you are teaching, providing the appropriate amount of knowledge: a perfect balance between knowledge; fun and a friendly atmosphere: at the end of the day, I don’t wanna be a rockstar; just wanna have a good time playing guitar and you are helping me on this endless path
My wife thanks you too because she doesn’t always have to hear the same boring stuff I used to play
Please do not change a thing and thank you for your work
Don’t change a thing bro. I’ve been a long term member because you communicate with your virtual audience in a very easy to understand style. It’s the same as hanging out with a long time friend who is helping me out to better understand how to more effectively express myself. Thanks for the help over many years now.
Brian B says
You DO NOT ‘talk too much’. Really like, and benefit from, your explanations. BHB
seth h says
You talking is you. I dont think you could change if you wanted to. I certianly do not want you to try. Continue on being the bad ass teaching dude that you are!
Chris H says
Brian, you never talk too much. You explain things succinctly and clearly in a pleasant, conversational way. Even when you are explaining things I already know, I listen, because I often pick up little tid bits that I didn’t know, or see things in a different way. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you are among the very best teachers the Internet has to offer. Don’t change a thing.
John H says
Hey Brian. I’m paying my hard-earned money to hear you talk. Keep talking, Dude.
Darren G says
What Frankie said! If you don’t feel better after ALL these comments… well, seek professional help. You are the BEST. And you’re the best BECAUSE you’re a “teacher” at heart. I’m sure if you taught American History or botany or Mandarin Chinese, you’d be amazing. Darren
perry r says
I’ve been a member for about 2 years, and I remain so because of the way you teach. I don’t want to play exactly like the lesson I want to learn why and how it works so I can use it in other songs. Your lessons are like a friend chatting and disseminating useful information.
it’s up to me to practice and learn them.
keep it up.
Steve G says
I started shaking my head when I read your email intro and thinking your explanations are telling us why you decided on each particular lesson.
So I have to ditto the comments above and say keep on with how you’ve been teaching so successfully all these years.
I agree with most of the folk here, your detail and extended explanation on what and why u do it, makes your lessons so worth it and probably a reason i have been your member for so many long years. Thanks for all that you do to educate on this instrument and music!!!
John H says
Just adding my 2 cents too – DON’T CHANGE A THING !!! Your explanations are fantastic and add soooo much !! I Love listening to all the color you add to the lessons – GREAT work Brian !!!
Wayne B says
I certainly agree withe sentiment here. I honestly can’t remember how long I’ve been on AM, but the amount of musical understanding I’ve been able to learn comes from you being such a great teacher and taking the time to explain. I love it!
Brad S says
Yes, yes to your comments and occasional rambles. They are treasures. You are a “good friend” who has come by today to share a couple new thangs. Your first few minutes set the whole deal up. Please keep them coming.
This lesson is great. The piece just screams Chicago Blues without being impossible to play. Or to listen to. Your explanations make the ideas transportable.
If you keep this up, I may actually learn how to play !!
Mike A says
I don’t think you talk too much at all, it’s spot on in my view. The explanation is crucial, the mix of discussion and playing is just right. Many thanks.
chuck l says
I’m sure not the first to express it, but, my sentiment is just as emphatic – keep ’em comin’ just the way you do! Sure, a timestamp indicating when the playing starts is a great addition, but, not a substitute for your fine descriptions. Keep up the excellent work, please!
Massimo M says
Your way of teaching is perfect like this. Your explanations are why I am subscribed. Go on this way.
Joseph C says
Excellent lesson. The explanations you provide are not only instructive and help build knowledge but also give a sense of relating to you as a teacher and a player.
You handled the commentary very well by providing the time stamp.
You don’t talk too much, you obviously enjoy what you are teaching and that enthusiasm is infectious, its part of why so many of us choose what you offer over the hundreds of other guitar resources out there – long may it be so.
Harry V says
Go on with the lessons I like it this way
You don’t talk to much
From harry in holland
Thank you for the musical journey you give us, and the story you tell is part of that creative process.
Don’t ‘second guess’ yourself, cause what your doing is always excellent!
And this lesson is no exception, it sounds so authentic like John Mayall and the Blues Breakers, love it!
Best Wishes to you Brian
Bern F says
Your subscribers are with you because we like your approach, Brian. Don’t change.
sukumaran u says
brian, you stand very different from other online teachers. that’s because of the way you present and talk. i joined here after surveying many sites.
so be as you are!
Jim J says
I’m a 77 year old and you make my day every Tuesday when your new lesson pops into my email. I especially like it when you bring up the family. Your conversation makes us ” your AM members” feel more connected and personal. You appear to be a very honest and caring person. I play your lessons Tuesday to Tuesday and always have take aways for the music I play. I don’t think the way you teach could be any better. I use all the tools you offer. DON”T CHANGE! And remember, you can’t make everyone happy all the time, PERIOD!
Joseph V says
Great Lesson. Keep on talking.
Craig P says
I agree with others that your explanations are not cumbersome but uber helpful. Your idea of posting time stamps is a good one, but candidly, anyone can do that on their own using the cursor on the video timeline. Kudos to you. Your explanations are the very reason I subscribe to your teaching.
Keep teaching us and use all the time you need. We appreciate your lessons and straightforward pedagogy.
Thanks and keep up the good work!
Graeme L says
Please do continue with the same amount of talking: the explanations are so clear and give context and helpful theory! One of the main reasons I love your lessons!
John B says
I agree with everyone else don’t change a thing as this is what makes you such a great teacher!! Keep on doing what you are great at. No matter what anyone does there’s always a hater close by. 💯 %
Tommy D says
Frankie said it best! Your methods and means are priceless. Don’t change a thing!
I don’t think you would have built such a great program unless you kept thinking of ways to change or enhance all elements of it. I believe it’s great to see you continue to do so even though I am not one of those that does not understand or appreciate your explanations. They are quality! Everybody has a little bit different learning style and one can always speed it up or slow it down as needed. It’s the beauty of technology in my opinion. One suggestion in the interest of time might be to ramp up the number of “micro lessons” a little (which are great too) because they “cut to the chase” quite a bit and our most valuable to those short on time. Thanks for all you do …
I’ve been with you for a long time and I couldn’t agree more with all the comments. As someone else said, I’ve never heard you ramble during a lesson. I’m one that needs to understand why I’m doing something so I really appreciate you taking the time to explain it all!
Craig H says
thanks for your lessons i’m a seasoned player and still always learning, the one thing that made me a better player is learning not just WHAT to do but WHY you do it and that takes explanation , keep up the good work, oh and i think you meant that little triangle is from the third major pattern not the fourth , all good cheers.
Paul M says
Please don’t stop explaining and giving us the
Theory part as well !
I Love that ,
Tim P says
Great lesson as always. As far as you talking too much, I disagree. I really enjoy having an in depth explanation of why it works. These lessons are top notch.
Bob C says
In agreement with everyone else. Your explanations are what gives total dimension and depth to understanding guitar playing.
You say it all the time, “I hope a light went on for some of you”..
THAT’s what your discussions do.. help the light come on, rather than playing by rote imitation.
I imagine some are happy to simply learn how to ‘go through the motions’.. please don’t let that subset of people dictate how you do what you do.
The WAY you teach is the VERY reason most of us are members here. You’re the best.
Matthew C says
Great lesson! Needed a nasty blues lesson like this.
Excellent composition, but what makes these lessons truly great are the looping backing tracks and that your compositions fit perfectly with the loop. Can play them over and over, and get better and better.
FYI others – the intro section (Em lick and the descend into Am pentatonic) – only play that once. Can loop the rest over and over, starting with the nasty Am pentatonic lick.
Michale K says
this is why I signed up! great lesson as aways!
Pyles K says
Your extra explanation is what makes your site great. Some I already know, but much I don’t. Your detailed explanation covers us all. Thanks
Larry O says
Diggin’ the pop ups.
Craig K says
My 2 cents: Stay the course and leave it alone. Love your voice and hearing you talk and you explain stuff so well. Ramble on. The time mark for the impatient was a good idea.
Mike P says
Wow! So many lovely positive comments and I totally agree with all of them! Please don’t change a thing Brian – your lessons are perfect for me as it almost feels like you’re my one to one teacher. Thanks for another awesome lesson!
Robert G G says
Anyone criticizing your offhand comments doesn’t hear the gold that lies underneath. Your remarks constantly teach and entertained me. That’s important. Especially when I am frustrated in learning the subtleties of your complex lessons. Plus your brief comments sometimes include an impromptu riff that I love and steal.
From a teacher of over 60 years please maintain the substance, you selfishly give us weekly, over content.
Thank you and never change anything…
Mark W says
I am in the cam that says you do not talk too much, you explain and that is why I am here. For those that just want to learn the licks the timestamps are great. lease do not change a thing about your approach to teaching.
Mark W says
Sorry for the typos
Zachary R says
Like many others have said here already, same applies to me: Brian, the reason I joined this site as a Premium Member is precisely BECAUSE of the VERY well explained theory and background that you provide for each piece that you teach. Your hard hark is MUCH appreciated and well worth the price (and more!). Please do not change!
Don P says
Please do not change the way you teach. I like hearing what you have to say because I learn more from what you say sometimes that what you do.
Hi Brian – Don’t change a thing please – Over the years it’s been like listening to an old friend! Your infectious enthusiasm still bowls me over and it’s so good to know how and why things work sometimes. Here’s to the next 10 years! Chris
Nicky B says
I think you doing the right thing, its what makes your lessons stand out. There will always be people that have to say something negative.
What would it be if you didn’t explain what it is your doing? It would be just another guy playing the guitar! there would be no personality, nothing to relate to?
We all buy in to you as a person and how you come across in you videos, and of course you excellent exclamation!
I own my own business (completely different thing to you) and deal with the public. I second guess my self all the time!!!
Keep up with what you are doing, your doing a great job!
Rod Smith says
Brian, I’m late to the party but need to add my 2 cents. I can understand why someone might complain about you talking too much, but they are missing a huge portion of the lesson if they just want to jump to the notes. It is the explanation that allows me (and apparently a LOT of your students) to have a better understanding of the method, technique and theory, you are sharing. I would encourage those who are impatient and just want to jump to the playing, to try to focus on what you are saying. There’s a reason for it! You’re a great teacher and I have shared your site with many friends.
Barry D says
I’m even more late to the party but also want to encourage you to keep doing what you’re doing. I like knowing the “why” behind the “how”. That’s a big reason I joined AM is your clear explanations. I will admit to liking the time stamp though because some lessons I listen to them several times (because it takes several for it to sink in for me). That lets me go quickly sometimes to what I’m looking for. Regardless of that……please don’t change. Thanks
Hello Brian, this lesson that I have been working on all week… it’s like a “feeling” class… yet, feeling cannot be learned or taught a priori. Well, that’s what you manage to do here !
For the current debate on the importance of speech, I agree 100% with the favorable opinions. I start my 9 year with Activemelody.
Every Saturday morning and the new lesson is a pleasure, always something to glean, some obstacles to overcome, some notions to understand.
I have two other internet teachers, jazz or gypsy oriented, but you are unquestionably the best at making people want to, sometimes resisting the temptation to give up.
Your formula is the right one, it is almost magical!!!
Joseph B says
Hey Brian, I love all the blues clues you have been posting. Keep it up my good friend.
Mark W says
Easy to get guys playing guitar online and not get anything from it. Unique to get a actual teacher that plays well and can provide an understanding of the “why” behind the playing on in so many different styles! This has been my best investment in guitar lessons for years! Don’t change anything and ruin a good thing! Appreciate your attention to the details behind the lessons don’t pay attention to the players that skim over the theory, they can get those kind of lessons all over the internet! Keep doing what your doing!
Gingi L says
So much love and hard work you put into all your lessons. It really comes across. Thank you. I’ve learned so much. This lesson is one of my tops although I’ve got a huge list! g
Gingi L says
By the way your relaxed manner and chat are what makes your lessons unique. You don’t need to worry about it at all. Keep it real!
judah L says
Brian in MHO I wouldn’t want you to change anything about the way you teach. The reason this site is so successful is because of who you are! Of course you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Keep on keepin” on my man!
Michael B says
Keep going as you are Brian, you dont get to 500 plus lessons without doing something right!
I like the way you explain things, we all spend so much time with you its good to no be just down to business.
Debra Amesqua says
Yahoo/ditto! frankie d, et al.
Mick K says
Thank you, Great lesson!! I very much appreciate your detailed instruction and explanations.
Raymond W says
Please keep the context and explanations of the lessons coming, Brian. Those who don’t want it can forward to the parts of the lesson that are most valuable the them. For those of us that do, we’ll continue to enjoy the whole of the lesson.
Wayne M says
I love these bluesy lead lessons. This one is a next level for me, with the phrasing and all the bending and that one really fast part.
Richard S says
I have no problem. Enjoy your lessons. No need for changes in my opinion. Thanks.
Vincenzo P says
you’re dedication to explaining things is priceless. Makes me think about what I’m playing and why. That’s why I joined in and stick with you.
Martin B says
I personally find your explanations, metaphors and stories, revealing, interesting and inspiring and I feel is an intrinsic part of your music and your lessons.
Donald W says
Just been doing the licks in your improvising course lessons. This lesson is the perfect fit for putting them into practice.
George K says
This is what I love the most. The Blues is why I play guitar. More Please! BTW If you stop talking we won’t know why we are playing the notes. Keep explaining the what and why.
jasper b says
Just keep it the same .
Samuel H says
Your awesome AND your talking is awesome Brian!
Stephen K says
Wow! I have been out of the country, but this lesson sure generated a lot of comments! Great lesson Brian and thanks for the super tasty licks! The SRV lick fits nicely with a couple other SRV licks I know. You are the best! I think your self-awareness regarding talking too much is right on. Keep it simple and to the point! That is what distinguishes you from all of the other clowns out there who think they are comedians or something. My AM subscription is coming up for renewal and I will do it gladly! Keep it real, Brian! You da MAN!
Al D says
Interesting lesson. Love the licks. Like the explanations but skipped over details of the fingerings. New style I guess.
Al D says
Sorry for my previous post. Part 1 lacked detailed fingering. Part 2 was back on track. Thanks
Reno C says
I wouldn’t change a thing, you are the best teacher on YouTube.
You explain things clearly and all of your material is practical and can be put to use right away.
This channel is the most user friendly and easy to navigate and as a player you are superb.
You are the most “Musical” guitar player, all of you r music is good on the ears.
You teach exactly like you play.
Keep up the good work!
Troy K says
HI Brian, I’m a totally at home self taught hobby guitarist. There are of course several premium web teaching services like your, and I will say that I have tried all of them. I am subscribed to your sight for a reason, its GOOD! I believe that the explanation is invaluable if you want to truly “learn”. if a person wants instant gratification, and just TAB so that you can get to the amp, then go to a tab website. You are TEACHING, and that involves explanation. Your methods are perfect, and I personally learn MUCH MUCH more from your dialog. So, my 2 cents is…..keep on as you are mate. You’re doing a great job in providing people like myself an EXCELLENT resource for learning. Thanks!
Lance R says
Brian – this is your finest work 🙂 I’m sticking with this one till I can play it to the end. You don’t talk too much, just give us a taste in the beginning so we know if we want to pursue that lesson.
John G says
I appreciate it when you discuss the theory behind the notes being played. It is informative, and I find myself revisiting the scales and checking I fully understand what you have described. For folks like me who are working out how to piece things together, please carry on. Thanks, John
JULIAN C says
Great blues lesson – always a good lesson to review the business of the blues
Your vocal instructions are successful and critical to your lessons. You are providing us with the lesson, complete information that we need to know and that surrounds the lesson along with answering questions that you know will be asked. Therefore, just tell us what is on your mind all the time as this is how we have learned to improve over the years and keep coming back for more.
Nick P says
I can’t believe how long it’s taken me to scroll through all these comments to find the box where I can actually ask a question! This number of comments must surely be a record!! And I don’t suppose there’s a hope in hell now of getting an answer.
But I wanted MORE of an explanation on the first three notes of this piece … 1st note, bend on fret 14/string 3… How do i stop the 4th string from sounding when executing that bend? Same for 3rd note, 15th get 2nd string – the top E sounds. Makes the phrase sound messy….
I bet you could have explained / demo’ed that in 15 secs Brian… time well spent!
Thanks for another terrific lesson!