A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an introduction to the 12 bar blues. This is the most commonly occurring chord progression in the blues, and one you need to get under your fingers if you want to progress as a blues guitarist. Once you know that chord progression back to front and across a […]
If you want to play blues guitar, you need to start by learning the 12 bar blues. The 12 bar blues is the structure upon which blues music is built. It has been used since the inception of the genre and appears in almost every iconic blues song ever written. It provides the framework for […]
One of the most rewarding and challenging elements of playing an instrument is the constant process of development. No matter how advanced you are, there is always more you can learn. As the great B.B. King once so eloquently put it: ‘Even now, at 82 years old, if I don’t learn something every day, you […]
If you want to become a competent blues guitarist, you have to work on your phrasing. I was reminded of this recently when I was invited to jam with a few guitarists at a friend’s gig. The other guitarists started playing a slow blues in A, and I played lead. Truthfully, I struggled to properly […]
Once you can solo comfortably using the minor and major pentatonic scales, adding the blues scale to your repertoire is one of the easiest ways to make your playing more interesting. As the name of the scale suggests, it will also help to give your soloing a distinctly bluesy sound. If you’re new to […]
One of the best things you can do to improve as a blues guitarist is to learn the major pentatonic scale. Most blues guitarists have a good grasp of the minor pentatonic scale and it’s various shapes (if you don’t, then fear not – I cover everything you need to know about the minor pentatonic […]
If you want to play blues lead guitar, you need to have a solid grasp of the minor pentatonic scale. This is by far the most commonly occurring scale in the blues. Every famous blues guitarist has used the minor pentatonic scale; from B.B. King, to Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Whilst these guitarists […]
As guitarists, we spend a lot of time thinking about our fretting hands. We always want to talk about bending, trills and vibrato, but we pay a lot less attention to our picking hands. Your picking hand plays a huge role in how fast you can play, as well as the precision of your playing. […]
Pick attack refers to the way that you strike your guitar strings with your picking hand. A heavy pick attack is one in which you strike the strings hard. On the other side of the spectrum, a soft pick attack is one in which you apply much less pressure with your picking hand. Pick attack […]
It is one of the bizarre quirks of human behaviour that passion so often leads to fanaticism and evangelism. We are rarely content with just enjoying something for ourselves. Instead we feel compelled to spread the good word and persuade others to join us in our appreciation of our new-found passions. In itself this is not a […]
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