All Posts by Charl Coetzee

About the Author

Hi, my name is Charl Coetzee and playing guitar was never second nature for me. I’ve had to work hard to get to where I’m at today and I’ve learned some incredible things along the way that I’d love to share with you. I’ve never had a proper job and I’ve been playing guitar for a living since I’ve left school. I have a Bmus Hons Degree in music, and I’ve interviewed and learned from the world’s greatest guitar players like Joe Satriani, Buddy Whittington, Joe Bonamassa and loads more.

Tips on Vibrato for Blues & Rock Guitar

If you want to level up your lead guitar playing and really sound like you know what you’re doing, then you need to develop a killer vibrato.

It’s the ONE that makes all the difference in your playing.

SRV, BB King, Clapton, Angus Young and all those legendary players all have their signature vibrato.

They can play one note, and you know it’s them.

So make sure you spend time developing your vibrato!

Below is a video response to one of our premium members when he asked for some tips on improving his playing and vibrato.


How To Play Blues Guitar – Essential Techniques Lead

In this week’s lesson I’d like to talk about the secret sauce soloing techniques.

It has nothing to do with fancy scales or speedy licks.

It does have EVERYTHING to do with how you play the notes.

That’s where articulation and phrasing kicks in.

If you work on these techniques you’ll be able to get WAY more mileage out of the simplest of notes.

That’s a massive win if ever there was one right?  

Watch the video and learn how you can find your voice and channel the legends in your playing.

How To Play Blues Guitar – Essential Techniques

Hey guys!

In today’s post I’ve got a longer video for you that runs you through some essential blues techniques.

If you want to play the blues, you don't need 101 scales and a 1001 chord voicings. All you need is soul, attitude and killer phrasing abilities.

What is phrasing exactly?

Well, it’s focusing more on HOW you say as opposed to WHAT you say.

Simply put, you want to make sure you squeeze every drop of passion out of your notes.

In other words, 

If you listen to the greats, it’s clear they have a special touch with the guitar. Just think Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, Eric Clapton, etc.

Those guys all used the same chords and the same scales, yet they sounded totally different!

Why? Well, it’s all in HOW they played those notes.

That right there is phrasing.

I cover all the essential articulation techniques in today’s video.

Check it out and, more importantly, put it to use so you can play the blues with passion and power.

Play it like you mean it!

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Blues Guitar Licks – Flashy Blues Lick

Today we’re going to look at a flashy blues lick.

The blues is definitely all about emotion and feeling as demonstrated by players like BB King, but throwing in a bit of flash here and there has never hurt anyone, right?

The cool thing about this lick is that you’re able to get a ton of speed without having to pick fast at all.

The good news is that by using legato, which is a combination of hammer ons and pull offs, you can get loads of speed with basic picking speeds.

That’s a win if ever there was one!

At its core, this lick is simply a Minor Pentatonic scale with a descending pattern using hammer ons and pull offs.

The start of the lick is reminiscent of Clapton which means you can repeat that phrase over and over for some added excitement and energy in your playing.

Once you have the basic lick down, make sure you try it on the other minor pentatonic patterns like I demonstrated in the video.

So all in all you’ve got a lick that sounds pretty cool, plus it’s an opportunity for you to really dial in your legato technique and will get your picking hand sync’d up with the fretting hand.

That way you’ll have solid legato chops which are needed for authentic blues phrasing, plus you’ll have a bit of speed to throw in whenever you want to turn some heads!

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Blues Guitar Licks – 3 Essential Phrasing Techniques

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make your guitar solos sing?

If you have you’re in luck because today I’m going to teach you a blues lick that uses a couple of essential articulation techniques such as hammer ons, pull offs and slides.

These articulation techniques are what make your guitar sing, and they also happen to be great ways to easily shift positions on the fretboard.

The reason these articulation techniques work so well is because they smooth out your playing. If you literally pick all the notes you end up with a totally different, more in-your-face type of sound.

If you want to play soulful Blues, you definitely want to go the smoother route which is where the articulation techniques come in.

Also you don’t want to stay stuck in one position all the time, so make sure you use the slides to smoothly connect different patterns.

Check out the video to see all this in action:

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How To Play Blues Guitar: Licks

In this lesson I’m going to teach you a pretty cool blues lick! What you heard there was the lick in the open position making use of string bending, hammer ons and pull offs!

Watch the lesson to learn this lick:

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How To Play Blues Guitar: Jump Blues

In today’s lesson I want to show you the cool blues riff you’ve just heard!

It’s played at a fairly brisk tempo and it’s got that “jump blues” kind of feeling.

I’m going to show you the secret behind that sweet fluid sound - hammer ons and pull offs, also known as “slurs.”

Ready for the lesson?

Lets go:

Thanks for watching guys! We hope you learned something new from this.

How To Play Blues Guitar: Greasy Double Stops

There's no better way to add grease to the groove than a couple of double stops! Add some spice with this pretty common Blues feature, and enjoy that greasy bluesy sound that is still so popular!

Here’s what I did:

Thanks for watching guys! We hope you learned something new from this.

How to Play Blues Guitar: “Going Down”

If you want to play blues like a boss, then you need to know the Three Kings.

That would be Freddie, Albert and B.B King. (No relation to each other.)

Players don’t come more legendary than those three kings.

In fact, they are the inspiration behind the well-known legends like Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Beck.

So it makes sense that us mere mortals check ‘em out as well, right?

I think so too, which is why in this video, I’d like to show you a Freddie King riff played with a rock attitude.

It’s a fun riff that’s great for a blues jam, and it’ll demand the respect of your friends and bandmates...

If you’re into high octane rock, you gotta check out the Satriani rendition below:

Hope you enjoyed this!

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Texas Blues Guitar Shuffle Solo

Tired of having your solos sounding like scales?

Then you need to learn how to use chord tones.

Check out the video below for a fun Texas Blues Shuffle Solo along with a quick breakdown on how to use chord tones:

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