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Most Recent Blues Tutorials
Soulful R&B Series 2
In this tutorial, we will learn to play some soulful rhythm and blues guitar style rhythm parts & lead licks in a minor key. This style is rooted strongly in blues and jazz, with...
Major and Minor Lead Within a Solo
In this set of lessons, Ry Kihn will teaching you how to play major and minor pentatonic scales in a solo. Ry will introduce you to the tutorial, then examine major pentatonic...
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In this set of lessons I'll teach you a short simple original song, "Arizona Blues". I'll introduce the tune to you, then show you how to play the two main parts. Next I'll put...
B Blues Rhythm & Lead Series 4
In this tutorial we will learn to play a basic 12 bar blues in B major in an early rock and roll style that combines and alternates between power chords and basic, beginner lead...
In this set of lessons I'll give you some ideas for playing the blues with a drop D tuning and a bottleneck. I'll cover the drop D tuning, talk about the basic technique, then get...
Shufflin' Blues in E
The six lessons in this tutorial will tune you into some ways to play blues leads higher up the neck. In lesson one I'll show you how to emphasize the II note, F#, in the E minor...
16 Bar Blues
Often, we hear of the 12 Bar Blues. But blues doesn't have to be 12 bars or measures! It can be any number of bars or measures that you want. In this tutorial we will learn...
Soulful R&B Series 1
In this tutorial, we will learn to play some soulful R&B (Rhytm & Blues) guitar style rhythm parts & lead licks in a major key. This style is rooted strongly in blues and jazz,...
Slow Blues II
In these lessons you'll learn some ideas about how to play an orchestral slow blues and solo licks in the key of E. We'll work on some rhythm ideas, talk about timing, sound and...
Simple Funky Fills
This series of lessons demonstrates some funky fill notes that accompany a I-IV-V blues in the key of C. These fill notes are taken from the blues scale, and include the I, V,...
Blues "In the Style of" Licks
In this tutorial of 15 lessons, Ill be teaching you numerous blues licks that are "in the style of" the players that have been my favorites and inspired me over the years. Each...
In this tutorial, we're going to go through six different exercises that will help improve your blues playing. First we'll do a basic pentatonic workout using alternate picking;...
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Blues Rhythm Riffs
In this tutorial we'll examine different types of basic blues rhythm riffs: the classic blues riff with triads, one and two note riffs, using "outside" triads, and a funky horn...
Elements of Better Blues Musicianship
In this tutorial we'll zoom out and look at the big picture of blues musicianship: improvisation, using backing tracks, playing live, and writing music. These aren't playing...
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3 Whammy Bar Blues Tricks
In this tutorial you'll learn to play a minor blues with some rock elements, and you'll learn to play dynamically by using specific sound settings and playing techniques to create...
Funky Southern Rock
In this tutorial I'll show you some approaches to playing over southern rock style rhythms. First is the G minor pentatonic scale over a funky rhythm and a simple 2 note lick. In...
Bad Blues 2
In "Bad Blues 2", I'll teach you to play a theme I composed. I'll talk a bit about the theme, then show you a vibrato exercise. In lesson 3 I'll show you the first part, using the...
G Blues Rhythm & Lead Series 3
In this tutorial we will learn to play a basic 12 bar blues in G major in an early rock and roll style that combines and alternates between power chords and basic, beginner lead...
Starting on the Four Chord
In this tutorial I'll show you how to take a different approach to a turnaround by moving to the IV chord. We're using a progression in the key of A that I'll show you in the...
12 Bar Blues In All 12 Keys
In this tutorial I've created a 12 bar blues backing track in every key and at two tempos (80 BPM and 120 BPM). I play each blues with a different rhythm guitar and lead guitar...
"Bad Blues" will give you some ideas on how to play blues in a rubato style - without real timing. This gives you freedom to play blues with full expression and dynamics. I'll...
Owning Your Blues Licks
In this second "building blocks" tutorial on blues, we'll take longer fragments of licks and how to creatively put them together. Then we'll look at how to change up the rhythm...
Building a Blues Lick
In this blues level 2 tutorial, we'll take a look at some basic building blocks to get you started on creating your own licks and building a blues vocabulary. We'll look at the...