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 […]
In this week’s guitar lesson you’ll learn how to play a heavy blues lead on electric guitar (although you can play the first half on acoustic if that’s all you have). You’ll learn how to play the chord changes in this 12 bar blues structure. Included MP3 jam track and tablature.
In this week’s guitar lesson you’ll learn how to play the Christmas classic “What Child Is This?”, which is the melody of the song “Greensleeves”. I’ll show you how to play this solo guitar (no accompaniment) with a pick.
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn an easy to play solo blues composition that’s played solo guitar (no accompaniment). The licks are all played on the bottom 3 strings to give you ideas for leads that you can play using lower notes.
In this week’s guitar lesson, you won’t have to worry about playing chord changes … because there aren’t any. This jam track has a single chord (E) played over and over again. It’ll be your job to play something colorful on top of a single chord to keep things interesting. This lesson is designed to […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, I’ll show you how to create melodic sounding solos by targeting chord tones when improvising. You’ll be “playing the chord changes” which means changing scales to match each chord change. Most of the notes you’ll be learning are pulled directly from chord shapes (not scales) which makes it easy to […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, I’ll show you how to play a slow, bluesy ballad on acoustic guitar all by yourself. No accompaniment is required. I’ll also provide information on chord theory that will help you understand how certain chords work together, so that you can start to create your own compositions.
This week’s guitar lesson is a slow and dark sounding blues composition that’s played solo guitar (no accompaniment required). This is also played fingerstyle so you’ll be keeping time by simulating a bass line on each beat. This sounds great on acoustic or electric guitar.
In this week’s guitar lesson you’ll learn several classic Rockabilly style techniques including embellishing around an A6 chord. You’ll also learn an easy way to play chord changes by picking notes out of chords instead of thinking of scales.
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a slow, soulful rhythm that includes several bluesy fill licks. This lesson is designed to help you improvise in this style, by learning how these licks are created and to help you with timing. Even though this song is technically very easy to play, it […]