Blues Guitar Lessons - Volume 1 - Blues Shuffle Essentials

A MUST for fans of both classic and modern Blues, this comprehensive, 15 part video lesson series is not to be missed.
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

A MUST for fans of both classic and modern Blues, taught by top UK session guitarist, Bobby Harrison.

In this, the first volume of FretHub’s new Blues Guitar series, Bobby takes you through the many variations of the classic Blues Shuffle groove, teaching you how to solo authentically in a blues jam environment as well as playing some tasteful rhythm guitar parts.

There’s a great 48-bar solo to learn, featuring many essential blues licks and techniques, plus some valuable restriction and phrasing exercises, enabling you to build up your soloing vocabulary using just a small area of the neck.

You’ll also learn how to build solos using a more lyrical approach, as well as some great ideas for using chord tones in your lead breaks. This is a comprehensive, 15 part video lesson series not to be missed.

What are the requirements?

  • All you need in order to begin is an electric guitar, an amplifier, a pick and a desire to play the blues.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how to solo authentically over a 12 bar blues groove.
  • Master many essential blues licks and techniques.
  • Add feel to your solos, using a lyrical approach.
  • Incorporate tasteful chord tones into lead breaks.
  • Get "In the pocket" with cool blues rhythm guitar parts.
  • Learn an awesome, long blues solo and re-use the licks in your own playing.
  • Build your soloing and phrasing vocabulary.
  • Play along with our downloadable backing track.

What is the target audience?

  • Some prior experience of electric guitar is required i.e. at least a basic grasp of chords and scales. This course would suit the intermediate player, but would also be perfect for the advanced player looking to add blues to their skill set.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Essential Scales Used In The Blues
05:11

In this, the first volume of FretHub’s new Blues Guitar series, Bobby takes you through the many variations of the classic Blues Shuffle groove, teaching you how to solo authentically in a blues jam environment as well as playing some tasteful rhythm guitar parts.

There’s a great 48-bar solo to learn, featuring many essential blues licks and techniques, plus some valuable restriction and phrasing exercises, enabling you to build up your soloing vocabulary using just a small area of the neck.

You’ll also learn how to build solos using a more lyrical approach, as well as some great ideas for using chord tones in your lead breaks. This is a comprehensive, 15 part video lesson series not to be missed.

In this first lesson, Bobby begins by demonstrating the solo we’re going to learn note-for-note (4 times around the 12 bar Blues progression). We go on to discuss different eras of blues players, with some advice on essential listening.

10:44

Next, we recap the most common scales used in the blues. First, we take a look at the Minor Pentatonic scale in 5 positions on the neck. Since we’re in the key of G, we’re using the G Minor Pentatonic scale. However, these 5 shapes are movable and applicable to all keys.

10:04

Next, we take a look at the Blues scale in 5 positions on the neck. Since we’re in the key of G, we’re using the G Blues scale. However, these 5 shapes are movable and applicable to all keys.

10:08

Now we take a look at the Major Pentatonic scale in 5 positions on the neck. Since we’re in the key of G, we’re using the G Major Pentatonic scale. However, these 5 shapes are movable and applicable to all keys.

Section 2: Blues Rhythm Guitar
12:41

Before we start learning some great lead guitar techniques, it’s essential that we take an in-depth look at the rhythm guitar part played on the backing track, along with some useful variations, in order to help you to accompany other soloists and singers when playing the blues.

11:03

We continue to look at some great Blues rhythm guitar ideas, including turnaround variations and some very effective “Sliding 9th chord” patterns.

02:54

Metronome practice is a very effective way to improve your timing and to keep your rhythm playing tight.

Here, Bobby shows you how to treat your metronome’s pulse as a virtual backbeat, to help keep your rhythm guitar parts firmly in the pocket.

Section 3: Blues Soloing Concepts
05:58

In this lesson, Bobby shows you how to approach your lead playing from a more lyrical standpoint, using repetition, call and response and phrase building in much the same way as a Blues vocalist would sing over a 12 bar Blues progression.

06:53

In this video, we take a look at soloing using restriction exercises. It’s possible to play entire solos, using just a small area of the neck, with very expressive results. Many famous Blues players have made an entire career, getting a lot of mileage from just a few shapes. In this example, we concentrate mainly on the Minor Pentatonic scale, using just 3 strings.

10:50

Here, we continue to look at soloing using restriction exercises. It’s possible to play entire solos, using just a small area of the neck, with very expressive results. Many famous Blues players have made an entire career, getting a lot of mileage from just a few shapes. In this example, we concentrate on mixing the Minor Pentatonic, Major Pentatonic and Blues scales.

Section 4: Now Let's Learn How To REALLY Solo!
14:43

Now it’s time to learn the long solo Bobby played at the very beginning of this series of lessons. This is a 48-bar solo in the key of G. We’ll be going around the 12-bar Blues progression 4 times and learning a wealth of licks and ideas along the way, including the mixing of the Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic and Blues scales, using space to make a musical statement and some very effective chord and double-stop ideas.

In order to memorise this solo, we suggest you learn it slowly, phrase by phrase and don’t move on to the next 12 bars before you’ve internalised all of the ideas from the previous 12 bars.

11:22

We continue to learn the long solo Bobby played at the very beginning of this series of lessons. This is a 48-bar solo in the key of G. We’ll be going around the 12-bar Blues progression 4 times and learning a wealth of licks and ideas along the way, including the mixing of the Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic and Blues scales, using space to make a musical statement and some very effective chord and double-stop ideas.

In order to memorise this solo, we suggest you learn it slowly, phrase by phrase and don’t move on to the next 12 bars before you’ve internalised all of the ideas from the previous 12 bars.

13:07

We continue to learn the long solo Bobby played at the very beginning of this series of lessons. This is a 48-bar solo in the key of G. We’ll be going around the 12-bar Blues progression 4 times and learning a wealth of licks and ideas along the way, including the mixing of the Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic and Blues scales, using space to make a musical statement and some very effective chord and double-stop ideas.

In order to memorise this solo, we suggest you learn it slowly, phrase by phrase and don’t move on to the next 12 bars before you’ve internalised all of the ideas from the previous 12 bars.

13:38

We now learn the final chorus of the long solo Bobby played at the very beginning of this series of lessons. This is a 48-bar solo in the key of G. We’ll be going around the 12-bar Blues progression 4 times and learning a wealth of licks and ideas along the way, including the mixing of the Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic and Blues scales, using space to make a musical statement and some very effective chord and double-stop ideas.

In order to memorise this solo, we suggest you learn it slowly, phrase by phrase and don’t move on to the next 12 bars before you’ve internalised all of the ideas from the previous 12 bars.

Section 5: Bonus Blues Concepts And Conclusion
06:04

We conclude this comprehensive series of lessons by looking at even more authentic rhythm guitar ideas you can use to play over the Blues shuffle groove.

We hope you have enjoyed this series and had fun playing the Blues. Keep practicing and listening to your favourite players.

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