Guitar Lessons

The Blues – From 3 Chords to 30 Chords, They’re Yours for the Picking

The Blues – From 3 Chords to 30 Chords, They’re Yours for the Picking

Posted April 29, 2014 at 9:57 am | 2 comments

Billy Gibbons said, “you can’t lose with the blues”. And in Guitar International’s interview with guitar legend George Benson, George talks about how his early boss, Brother Jack McDuff, instructed him to “put some blues in” because no matter where you are in the world, if you play blues, people understand it.

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Foggy Bottom Break Down Video Lesson

Foggy Bottom Break Down Video Lesson

Posted January 12, 2014 at 3:33 am | 2 comments

Foggy Bottom Break Down is an etude from a few years back. I wrote it for my students to help develop left hand strength and independence. The discipline is maintaining the bass line on strings 5 and 6. Including double stops, rapid changes between finger groupings, and some decent stretches too.

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Guitar Lesson: The Lydian Dominant Scale

Guitar Lesson: The Lydian Dominant Scale

Posted September 26, 2013 at 8:55 am | No comments

The Lydian dominant scale is a very common scale used in jazz and fusion music, and has a very unique, easy to recognize character, which characterizes a lot of fusion players, such as Allan Holdsworth and Frank Gambale.

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Guitar Lesson: Combining Legato and Picking Techniques on Spanish Guitar Runs

Guitar Lesson: Combining Legato and Picking Techniques on Spanish Guitar Runs

Posted September 14, 2013 at 6:08 am | One comment

In this guitar lesson I’d like to introduce a picking method I use to perform rapid scalar runs on the classical guitar, in the fashion of John Mclaughlin and Al Di Meola acoustic works.

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Guitar Lesson: An Acoustic Blues in E

Guitar Lesson: An Acoustic Blues in E

Posted April 9, 2013 at 10:59 am | No comments

When we think of blues guitar, it’s often a blues from the delta in the key of E that comes to mind, the bending and whining high notes punctuated by the constant driving bass rhythm of the picking thumb.

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Melodic Patterns or Sequences Exercise

Melodic Patterns or Sequences Exercise

Posted March 28, 2013 at 7:18 am | 4 comments

This exercise is based on a jazz standard written in 1939 by Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern called “All The Things You Are.” I’ve singled out the chord changes, without melody, and stocked them with various melodic arpeggio patterns using all the CAGED chord shapes.

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A Short Guitar Study of Dropped D Tuning

A Short Guitar Study of Dropped D Tuning

Posted March 13, 2013 at 5:42 am | One comment

To start off this short study of the use of dropped D tuning in acoustic blues guitar picking, I play a short interpretation of Blind Willie McTell’s.

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Acoustic Blues Guitar In A – Just One Perspective

Acoustic Blues Guitar In A – Just One Perspective

Posted March 4, 2013 at 5:00 am | One comment

I start this session with a short excerpt of a blues played in A in the style of Robert Johnson. This song is played using a monotonic bass technique and the sound is muted heavily with the palm of the picking hand after each strike.

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Jim Bruce Acoustic Guitar Lessons: Acoustic Blues Finger Picking Basics – Bare Finger or Picks?

Jim Bruce Acoustic Guitar Lessons: Acoustic Blues Finger Picking Basics – Bare Finger or Picks?

Posted February 23, 2013 at 10:10 am | One comment

The newbie acoustic blues guitarist is faced with several choices when deciding to learn how to pick the blues in the old style.

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Jim Bruce Acoustic Guitar Lessons – Basic Finger Picking – The Thumb Is King!

Jim Bruce Acoustic Guitar Lessons – Basic Finger Picking – The Thumb Is King!

Posted February 15, 2013 at 3:53 pm | 3 comments

As the first in a series of guitar instructional videos I’ll be presenting at Guitar International, I thought I’d start out with a video with about the classic Big Bill Broonzy song ‘Hey Hey’, in which I attempt to copy that swinging Chicago acoustic blues sound that he developed.

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