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Rhythms & Riffs of Classic Blues (Part 1)

Here is Part 1 of the Rhythms & Riffs of Classic Electric Blues course. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00 – Chapter 1 – “Heart Beat Like A Hammer”
27:21 – Chapter 2 – The Riffs
37:59 – Chapter 3 – Twelve Bar In “E”
51:43 – Chapter 4 – Boogie Pattern

Finished? Checkout Part 2 next.

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Rhythms & Riffs of Classic Blues (Part 3)

Here is Part 3 of the Rhythms & Riffs of Classic Electric Blues course. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

0:00:00 – Chapter 8 – “Born Under A Bad Sign” Scales
0:17:57 – Chapter 9 – Chorus Riffs
0:28:28 – Chapter 10 – Chromatic Chorus Movement Step #1
0:44:52 – Chapter 11 – Chromatic Chorus Movement Step #2
0:59:27 – Chapter 12 – Chromatic Chorus Movement Step #3
1:08:10 – Chapter 13 – Put It Together

Finished? Checkout Part 4 next.

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Rhythms & Riffs of Classic Blues (Part 5)

Here is Part 5 of the Rhythms & Riffs of Classic Electric Blues course. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00 – Chapter 18 – Verse Section
16:54 – Chapter 19 – Pentatonic Major
31:25 – Chapter 20 – “All Shook Up”
48:27 – Chapter 21 – Shame Shame Shame (Conclusion)

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Ultimate Blues Stage 3: Rhythms (Part 9)

Here is Part 9 of the Ultimate Blues course, Stage 3. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00:00 – Chapter 35 – Left Track Study Cycle #6
00:09:25 – Chapter 36 – Left Track Study Cycle #7
00:18:02 – Chapter 37 – “Texas Joy” Right Track Study
00:46:42 – Chapter 38 – “Texas Joy” Left Track Study
00:57:27 – Chapter 39 – Left Track Rhythm Variations Cycle #1
01:01:14 – Chapter 40 – 12-Bar Cycle #2
01:13:14 – Chapter 41 – 12-Bar Cycle #3 & #4
01:19:40 – Chapter 42 – 12-Bar Cycle #5
01:24:49 – Chapter 43 – 12-Bar Cycle #6

Finished this section? Congratulations, you’ve completed the course!

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Ultimate Blues Stage 3: Rhythms (Part 8)

Here is Part 8 of the Ultimate Blues course, Stage 3. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00:00 – Chapter 28 – The Left Side Study
00:18:29 – Chapter 29 – “Love You” Right Track Study
00:31:18 – Chapter 30 – “Love You” Left Track Study Cycle #1
00:39:26 – Chapter 31 – Left Track Study Cycle #2
00:46:49 – Chapter 32 – Left Track Study Cycle #3
01:18:59 – Chapter 33 – Left Track Study Cycle #4
01:31:16 – Chapter 34 – Left Track Study Cycle #5

Finished? Checkout Part 9 next.

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Ultimate Blues Stage 3: Rhythms (Part 7)

Here is Part 7 of the Ultimate Blues course, Stage 3. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00:00 – Chapter 23 – “Knockin” Right Track Study
00:11:54 – Chapter 24 – Dave Edmunds’ “I Hear You Knockin” Study
00:27:18 – Chapter 25 – “My Blue Jeans” Intro & Chord Study
00:46:41 – Chapter 26 – “My Blue Jeans” Right Track Study
01:23:01 – Chapter 27 – Ideas For The Right Track

Finished? Checkout Part 8 next.

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Ultimate Blues Stage 3: Rhythms (Part 6)

Here is Part 6 of the Ultimate Blues course, Stage 3. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00:00 – Chapter 18 – “Flood” Left Track Study
00:12:53 – Chapter 19 – Intro to “The Thrill” Track Theory Study
01:01:21 – Chapter 20 – “Thrill” Left Track Study
01:24:05 – Chapter 21 – “Thrill” Progression Right Track
01:35:57 – Chapter 22 – “Knockin” Intro and Left Track Study

Finished? Checkout Part 6 next.

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Ultimate Blues Stage 3: Rhythms (Part 5)

Here is Part 5 of the Ultimate Blues course, Stage 3. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00:00 – Chapter 13 – 12-Bar Study
00:30:24 – Chapter 14 – Let’s Transpose
00:51:06 – Chapter 15 – Another Variation of 12-Bar
01:17:26 – Chapter 16 – 12-Bar and 8-Bar “Mary Had A Little Lamb”
01:36:10 – Chapter 17 – Introduction to Jam Tracks & “Flood” Right Track

Finished? Checkout Part 6 next.

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Ultimate Blues Stage 3: Rhythms (Part 4)

Here is Part 4 of the Ultimate Blues course, Stage 3. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00:00 – Chapter 9 – Adding the Major 6th (+6th)
00:19:17 – Chapter 10 – Adding the Minor 7th (-7)
01:01:13 – Chapter 11 – Open Root Options
01:22:49 – Chapter 12 – Single Note Rhythm Riffs

Finished? Checkout Part 5 next.

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Ultimate Blues Stage 3: Rhythms (Part 2)

Here is Part 2 of the Ultimate Blues course, Stage 3. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00:00 – Chapter 3 – Applying 1/4, 1/8. 1/16
00:31:26 – Chapter 4 – Finding Your Bass Notes In Chord Patterns
00:53:42 – Chapter 5 – Applying This To “The Thrill Is Gone”

Finished? Checkout Part 3 next.

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Ultimate Blues Stage 2: Scales (Part 3)

Here is Part 3 of the Ultimate Blues course, Stage 2. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00;00;00;00 – Chapter 11 – Ready to Put the Major and Minor Together
00;27;33;26 – Chapter 12 – Introduction to the Chromatic Passing Notes
00;47;27;01 – Chapter 13 – Pentatonic and Diatonic Minor Scale Degree Comparison Written Lesson
01;03;04;20 – Chapter 14 – The 3 Chromatic Passing Notes Applied To One Position¬† “A” Pentatonic Minor
01;27;18;04 – Chapter 15 – The 3 Chromatic Passing Notes Applied to the “A” Pentatonic Minor 3-Position Climb
01;54;31;11 – Chapter 16 – Mixing all Your Options

Here are the links to the other sections within Stage 2:

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Ultimate Blues Stage 2: Scales (Part 2)

Here is Part 2 of the Ultimate Blues course, Stage 2. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00;00;00;00 – Chapter 7 – Combining What You Have Learned
00;37;50;01 – Chapter 8 – Scale Degrees Written Lesson
01;08;29;18 – Chapter 9 – Relative Major and Minor Diatonic Scales
01;43;15;26 – Chapter 10 – Major / Minor Diatonic Overlap Written Lesson

Here are the links to the other sections within Stage 2:

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Ultimate Blues Stage 2: Scales (Part 1)

Here is Part 1 of the Ultimate Blues course, Stage 2. To help you navigate this section, the chapter time markers are shown below.

00:00:00:00 – Chapter 1 – A Talk About Scales
00:19:00:03 – Chapter 2 – Your First Scale
00:54:03:10 – Chapter 3 – The Most Important Scale of All
01:20:42:04 – Chapter 4 – The “E” Pentatonic Minor Open – Two Position Climb
01:37:22:21 – Chapter 5 – “A” Natural Minor Diatonic Scale
02:02:40:13 – Chapter 6 – “E” Natural Minor Diatonic Scale

Here are the links to the other sections within Stage 2:

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Artist Spotlight: Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy was one of the greats who in turn influenced many of our modern musicians. See if you can learn a thing or two from Buddy’s style that you can incorporate into your own!

Artist Spotlight: BB King

One of the grand masters of blues guitar, BB King has been responsible for developing a wealth of solo blues techniques that have influenced some of the greatest players. In this lesson, we will take a look at a selection of his signature licks, which will be a must for any aspiring blues guitarist.

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Using Octaves with the Diatonic Minor Scale

Bringing octaves into your phrasing can really add some extra weight to your solos – it is especially effective in jazz and blues styles, but it is a technique that is found in most guitar genres. Here we will be applying octaves to the diatonic minor scale.

Turning Your Blues Riffs Into Shred (Metal)

Here we will be taking relatively straightforward blues riffs and using them to start shredding on the guitar. These moves will be based upon the standard scales we use for blues – this is something you will often see in more shredding-based styles. This is a great place to start learning to adapt your blues riffs to a heavier rock or metal style of playing. At the end of the day, a lot of the stuff you find in those genres is rooted back in the blues!

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.

Turnarounds and Endings

In this lesson we’ll be looking at different turnarounds and endings to add to a blues/ rock chord progression. These moves can be used in many different situations, so it will be well worth adding them to your collection of guitar licks.

 

 

Artist Spotlight: Stevie Ray Vaughan

Alright you blues players – grab your guitars, plug ’em in, and crank your amp up LOUD!

In this 40 minute spotlight on Stevie Ray Vaughan’s playing styles you’ll not only learn some licks, but you’ll learn some of what made his sound unique.

This lesson is in Eb, so you really ought to tune everything down a half step if you want to play along.

This lesson should definitely give you something to chew on… let us know in the comments below!

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