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How To Start a Texas Blues

So what I played in that video was a mix between Texas Blues vibe and a John Lee Hooker riff! If you’re wanting to start a blues this is the PERFECT thing to use! You can start off on your own and get the band to join in on the second chorus.

Would you like to learn a cool and sophisticated blues chord?

Of course you do!

Dominant 9th chord voicings are the bomb!

If that sounds complicated, don’t worry! By the time we’re finished with this lesson it will be as easy as pie!

So let’s check out the JLH riff in action with some dominant 9th chord voicings:

Okay, have you got that? If you haven’t, watch this video a couple more times and put some time in practicing the lick and 9th chords!

We’re going to go from the beginning:

So there are many different ways and approaches to this! Here is a recap on everything I showed you in the lesson:

There we go! You now have an awesome sounding way to break a Texas Blues!

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How To Play Like Hendrix

Today I am going to give you a basic lesson on how to play like Hendrix! This is for those of you who are new to his style. I’m going to show you how he mixed rhythm and lead together.

I’ve composed a very simple Riff in the key of G:

G A Bm

What I am going to do is show you 3 different approaches to adding embellishments to chords! What is an embellishment you ask? Well that’s simple:

So basically it is  adding something to the chord to make it sound better.

Thrills and fills if you will - have a look:

Those are embellishments! In essence its a D chord, but I am adding and taking away notes to embellish the chord.

Here is the first example:

Here is the progression with just the chords:

Now let me break that down for you:

Now here it is with the fills:

Let’s check out what I did there:

There we go! This is a basic introduction to what Hendrix does and keep in mind that this is a very simplified example of the technique! I’m going to play it through a couple more times for you and vary the rhythmic feel of what I was doing.

I want to show you how changing the rhythm can drastically change the sound of what you are playing, and I will also throw in a few extra licks and fills!

Did you enjoy this? Would you like to learn more? I would be more than happy to create a workshop on this!

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Doubling Guitar Parts

Today I’m going to show you the lick you just heard! You saw I did something cool there? 

It’s called doubling!

Where I play the lick low and then an octave up! It sounds nice and fat - its a technique a lot of classic rock bands use!

Its a pretty cool lick and a really cool use of the E minor pentatonic scale!

Now that you’ve mastered it you can come up with variations! No need to be boring and play the basic riff - do your own thinh! What’s the point of having rules if you can’t bend them?!

Here’s a recap of the scales:

How To Play A Slow Blues Intro

In today’s lesson we’re checking out a cool slow blues intro in the key of A.

Knowing how to launch into a blues jam will improve your level as a player and it just sounds better when you have a dedicated intro.

Believe it or not, but most guitar players don’t know how to properly start a blues jam.

Crazy right?

The good news is that once you’re done with this lesson, you won’t be one of “those” guys!

Here’s the intro you’ll be learning today.

And here’s the tab…

Let’s break that down real quick.

The cool thing is that this intro can also double as a turnaround.

Pretty nifty right?

Now you have a cool intro you can use whenever you’re launching into a slow blues in A.

If you’d like to learn the actual rhythm part, let us know in the comments below!

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