blues guitar lessons

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  • If you have ever wanted to better understand and play the blues, this course is for you. Students will gain an understanding of the basic concepts and techniques required to play the blues while playing songs by artists such as BB King, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry to name a few. Special attention will be paid to rhythm guitar and soloing techniques to create a strong foundation in blues guitar. All materials are included and as always, students are welcome to use one of our classroom guitars during their lesson.. 
    • Guitar lessons open the door but the student has to walk through it and do the work. Here are a few essential tips for the student interested in developing his or her guitar soloing abilities.
      • Guitar Scales
    • The individual notes of a guitar solo do not happen at random. They make sense, and sound good, because the notes come from a particular scale. Some guitarists think in terms of the “positions” on the guitar and don’t actually know what scale they are playing. This approach works for some styles of guitar, rock and blues, but it is a limited approach. Learning guitar scales takes time but it isn’t terribly difficult. Guitar lessons will guide you through the different types of major and minor scales.
    • The example on the left is an A minor pentatonic scale. Pentatonic means that there are five tones or notes in this scale, making it the simplest scale of all; however, do not let the simplicity lull you into thinking that it is dull. The minor pentatonic scale is the Granddaddy of all blues and rock solos. From Robert Johnson to Jimi Hendrix and beyond, almost every blues/rock guitarist has made extensive use of this powerful handful of notes. It is amazing just how much variety you can achieve with such limited choices. Listen to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Texas Flood” for a primer on its execution; almost everything he does in his epic turn is within the parameters of this scale.