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Turning Your Blues Riffs Into Chickin’ Pickin’

If you have already got a few blues riffs together, it will be easy to convert them into a chickin’ pickin’ style – all it takes is a little theory and knowing where your key notes are located on the fretboard.

Artist Spotlight: John Fogerty

In this lesson we will be looking at the style of the legendary John Fogerty, best known for his time with Creedence Clearwater revival and for creating a whole host of classic rock n’ roll riffs.

Artist Spotlight: Van Morrison

Van Morrison has written some very popular songs over the years, and there are some interesting things we can learn from his playing. If you’d like to add a little Van Morrison flavor into your playing, this is the lesson for you.

Artist Spotlight: Jimi Hendrix (Thirds Applied To A Progression)

In this lesson we’ll take a look at one of Jimi Hendrix’s songs, Wind Cries Mary. It’s a really interesting example of how you can use major and minor thirds in a chord progression. Why does a progression of major chords end up sounding minor? Watch the lesson, and find out!

Artist Spotlight: Pearl Jam (Thin Air) Great Chord Progression

We’re going to be learning how to play Pearl Jam’s Thin Air today. This is a really cool chord progression that might stump you at first, when you look at it from a theory perspective. It’s in E major (E, A and B)… and yet it has a C major in it!

We call this “flatting the sixth” because normally, the sixth in E major should be C#… however we’re playing C, so that means we’re flatting the sixth.

Despite “breaking” traditional theory, this is actually a really cool technique that you’ll hear from time to time. John Fogerty liked using this trick – you’ll hear it in Green River and Old Man Down the Road.

In Eric Clapton’s version of Cocaine flats the seventh, in a similar fashion to what we just talked about.

Both of these examples use major chords, yet because the distance between the chords is minor it produces a darker, more minor sound.

In the bridge, we’ve got a key change too. Lots going on in this song!

Introduction To Reggae

Reggae is a ton of fun to play, once you can settle into the groove. This lesson features a chord progression pulled from “I Shot The Sheriff” by Bob Marley – just the chorus part, which goes Eb, Dm, Gm. Eric Clapton has done a few versions of this song too, if you want to see how it can be applied differently.

The main thing to take away today is getting a feel for the rhythm – whether you’re on the bass or the guitar.