In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll be learning how to play along with a mandolin by creating an interesting and melodic lead. When only 2 instruments are involved you have to be very careful about not over playing and always remembering to compliment the other instrument. This lesson is a tribute to the late Levon […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a soulful, blues lead over a gospel style chord progression. This is played in the key of G, but I’ll show you how to relate all of the notes / licks back to common chord shapes so that you can use these licks in any […]
In this week’s blues guitar lesson, I’ll show you how to improvise a blues lead using only 4 notes. This forces you to be creative and helps emphasize the importance of phrasing (so that you don’t sound like you’re stuck in a scale). You’ll also be using the “call and response” blues technique in this […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a stand-alone country style composition in the key of C that works on acoustic or electric guitar. No need for jam tracks or another person to accompany you – this is something that you can play completely on your own. I’ll also explain where the […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a blues lead over a minor progression. Most of what you’ll be playing comes from the minor pentatonic scale and you’ll be staying in the key of the song (not playing the chord changes). Lot’s of good blues licks to steal in this one 🙂
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a gospel style blues composition that’s played solo guitar (no accompaniment needed). You’ll be using the “call and response” technique which is what allows you to play this on your own. I’ll break down everything and show you how to play it note for note […]
In this weeks guitar lesson, I’ll show you how to play 3 classic blues rhythm patterns that you’ll be able to play in any key. These are the main chord voicings I use when improvising rhythm. This lesson comes with 12 jam tracks so you can practice playing in multiple keys and at multiple tempos.
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn a driving, classic rock style rhythm on electric guitar in the style of the Rolling Stones. The 2nd half includes a lead part in which you’ll be playing the chord changes.
In this week’s guitar lesson I’ll show you how to play a lead on top of a jam band style jam track (think Allman Brothers). You’ll learn to do a lot with just 5 notes out of the major pentatonic scale. The first half is all major pentatonic, the 2nd half is minor pentatonic. MP3 […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a Ry Cooder / Sonny Landreth inspired blues composition on electric guitar that uses the hybrid picking technique. You’ll be “picking” all of the base notes while “plucking” the melody with your ring and middle finger. I’d encourage you to try this, even if you’ve […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll have a jam session with yourself by playing both the “call” and “response” parts of this acoustic blues shuffle composition. This isn’t your typical 1, 4, 5 chord progression. You’ll learn how to alternate between the 1 and the 5 chord, which is relatively easy to do and sounds […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to use harmonized leads when you improvise and how to connect those leads to basic chord shapes so that you can easily find them. I’ll show the pattern for playing both harmonized 3rds and harmonized 6ths.
In this week’s guitar lesson, we’re going to be straying from scales when it comes to playing lead, and instead we’ll be focusing on using arpeggios and highlighting chord tones for a much more melodic sounding lead. The best part is that you’ll also have a stand-alone blues composition that you can play (in any […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, I’ll show you how to hold back and play less. This type of blues guitar comping is designed to enhance the music and complement the rhythm (as opposed to playing a solo on top of everything).
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a driving, rock, blues rhythm with only a drum track. This was done intentionally to help you concentrate on the kick and snare drum and accent those beats with your strum technique. I’ve included 2 tempos of the MP3 jam track for this lesson as […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, I’ll show you how to play a fun blues (with jazz influence) composition that requires no accompaniment. You can play this one by yourself and will learn how to play chord changes and how to connect licks back to basic chord shapes. These solo composition lessons are popular because they […]
In this week’s guitar lesson I’ll show you how to use the major scale to create chord arrangements. If you’ve ever wanted to write your own songs but aren’t sure which chords work together, this is the lesson you need. In addition to chord theory, I’ll also give you a fun rhythm that you can […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn some basic blues slide guitar techniques for electric guitar (although these could easily be played on acoustic as well). I will also show you a quick way to get into open G tuning and show you several slide licks that you can use in that tuning. This is […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll be learning my favorite style of solo composition, “Call & Response”. This style is great for playing by yourself with no need for any accompaniment because it provides you a format that allows you to improvise. You’ll learn several classic blues rock licks and the scales they come from […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll be learning a fun bluegrass lead that includes elements of country and blues as well. This lesson serves 2 purposes. 1) You’ll learn several new licks and how use them when improvising. 2) You’ll learn a couple of fast runs that are designed to help improve overall speed and […]