Learn Old School Authentic Blues Lead & Rhythm guitar
What you’ll learn
Play lead guitar in the authentic old school blues style
Overall increased knowldge of lead and rhythm guitar, soloing, jamming, and improvisation
Play all kinds of pentatonic & blues licks and infuse your playing with melody and interest in these styles
How to jam and improvise in many old school blues styles and make it your own
Imagine absorbing the entire history of blues guitar into your hands and head so you can play old school blues easily and fluidly. This course will help you to stand on the shoulders of some of the greatest blues guitarists of all time to play authentic old time blues while also incorporating some modern blues that we all know and love.
These lessons go back to blues’ historical roots, but they also take you all the way to the more modern sound championed by favorites such as Eric Clapton, Jack White, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and so many others.
This course is more of a a “blues through time” course, touching on many of the early blues styles from the early 20th Century and how they have influenced modern blues.
Blues guitar evolved. It developed organically. One ground-breaking technique begat the next. And when you see how one technique led to the other in a series of slow-motion, step by step video tutorials, then it all comes together for you so much more easily.
Long story short, every accomplished blues guitarist is standing on the shoulders of greatness. And now so can you. In this course you will learn to play rhythm and lead together like Muddy Waters … or creating wicked mean licks like John Lee Hooker … many types of techniques that developed over time that has shaped some of the greatest guitar music ever created — authentic blues!
This course consists of 18 high-definition step-by-step video lessons with on-screen tablature – that’s almost three hours of amazing video lessons, plus 10 coinciding killer sounding Jam Tracks so you can practice and apply what you are learning in the video lessons, plus a highly detailed eBook to tie it all together.
The video lessons are also taught at slow and record tempos so that no one gets left behind – we don’t go too fast. And the on-screen tablature means you’ll have everything you need right in front of you on on-screen to learn every lick and rhythm fast and efficiently.
The coinciding jam tracks are in various styles and tempos, and these tracks are the same ones we use in the video lessons. This means you’ll progress much faster, and it ensures that you’ll have a blast in the process – learning and then applying what you learn in a musical context.
And the e-Book is a comprehensive resource jam-packed with everything you need in one place: diagrams, scales, soloing strategies, practice tips, major and minor key explanations, and all the encouragement you need to play this timeless music the way you’ve always wanted to.
Throughout the course you’ll learn all these classic styles:
-The charm and magic of Piedmont Blues
-The foundational and always-classic Old School Blues
-Down-home Country Blues
-The soulfulness of Delta Blues
-The super-cool style of Blues Slide
-The jazzy, swing-influenced style of Texas Blues
-Old School Fingerstyle Blues
And you won’t just learn about them. More importantly, you’ll also learn how to play them — as well as the elements they consist of. I’m talking about: blues devices, techniques, chords, rhythms, lead lines, grooves, fills, licks, chord devices, exercises, slide licks, soloing strategies, scales, and much more.
We also teach how you can apply these blues techniques and devices to your everyday playing. The coinciding jam tracks you get with this course are perfect for this. As I always say, it’s all about application. And practicing in a musical context.
All lessons feature on-screen tablature and chord lines. So every lick is tabbed out on screen as well as the chords. This makes it super easy to follow along. We break each device and lick down into manageable pieces so they are easy to digest and incorporate into your own playing. These lessons also feature close ups of both the pick and fret hands – so you see the action up close and personal.
Lessons in this course will cover these styles and more:
–Muddy Waters inspired rhythm devices in any key and his lead guitar style
–Bo Diddley inspired grooves, chords and lead guitar approaches
–John Lee Hooker inspired grooves, devices, fills, and licks
–T-Bone Walker inspired licks, scales, note selection, chords and chordal devices,
–Howlin’ Wolf/Hubert Sumlin inspired grooves and exercises, and moving around the neck
–Earl Hooker inspired slide licks, single note lines, wah pedal use, and swing licks
–Freddie King inspired Texas blues lesson
In this course you will learn to stand on the shoulders and learn in the style of these guitar legends:
John Lee Hooker: It wouldn’t quite be accurate to say that Hooker’s style was urban country blues — it was something of his own making. It was hypnotic. And funky. You can also hear his influence in much of ZZ Top’s early sound. Small wonder he was covered by everyone from the Doors to Bruce Springsteen. Derek Trucks has cited him as a great influence, too. Said Carlos Santana: “When I was a child, he was the first circus I wanted to run away with.” Or maybe Johnny Lee Hooker said it best himself: “I don’t play a lot of fancy guitar. I don’t want to play it. The kind of guitar I want to play is mean, mean licks.”
Freddie King: In a 1985 interview, Eric Clapton cited Freddie King’s 1961 B side “I Love the Woman” as “the first time I heard that electric lead guitar style, with the bent notes. It started me on my path.” And listen to Joe Bonamassa: “These are the guys who schooled me, whatever I am now and wherever I’m going, it’s all because of what came first. These are the players who taught me everything I know … Freddie was a tornado and with good reason, the guy came out with a Gibson ES-345, plugged straight into his amp, played with a thumb pick and just blew the house down, that’s the big difference between him and a lot of other blues guys — he rocked.”
T-Bone Walker: Many say that T-Bone Walker invented the guitar solo as we know it. He did this by building a new style on fluid phrasing, bluesy bends and vibrato. The result? A clear tone that blew everyone’s mind. One of those blown away was Stevie Ray Vaughan. Vaughan actually grew up in the same community in Dallas and Vaughan was blown away how T-Bone was such an articulate player and was amazed at how he got his tone from playing his own style of guitar. “I came into this world a little too soon. I’d say I was about 30 years before my time.” — T-Bone Walker
Muddy Waters: Eric Clapton cites Muddy Waters as one of his biggest influences. “”Muddy was there at a time when, really, the music was getting to me,” Clapton once said. “I was really trying to grasp it and make something out of it.”. Derek Trucks once wrote in Rolling Stone magazine: “Muddy was there at the beginning. There was physicality in the way he played the guitar — percussive, like a drum. When he plays slide, it’s not on the high strings. It’s lower, guttural, and it sounds like he’s about to rip the strings off.”
And in this course we also have a gear and tone lesson in this style. Learn how to dial in a good base bluesy tone. Learn about guitars used in these styles as well as the guitars that we utilize throughout the lessons. Learn how to get an overdriven tone and the “golden rule” of guitar attack. You’ll also learn how to set up your amp, pedals, and the settings for getting the “sweet spots” for ultimate bluesy tone. Learn about the reverb effect and getting the amp to respond to your playing dynamics.
And the best thing is that throughout this course we break all the licks, devices, and techniques down into digestible pieces and demonstrate them at slow and regular speeds. Then we teach you how to practice and apply them over the included jam tracks. And all the lessons feature on-screen tablature and close-ups of the fret and pick hands with multiple camera angles to make it easy to follow along.
Lets get ready to rock!
Who this course is for:
- Anyone who wants to learn more about lead old school blues guitar, soloing strategies, devices, licks, & techniques
- Anyone who wants to learn rhythm and lead blues guitar in the Piedmont, Delta, Texas, Slide, & Country Blues Styles
- Anyone who wants to infuse old school blues into their playing
- Course Introduction
- Gear and tone lesson – getting a good base bluesy tone
- Basic foundational approaches to old school finger style blues
- Basic playing overview – elements of the early blues styles
- Basic playing overview – elements of Delta Blues
- Muddy Waters inspired part 1 – rhythm devices in any key
- Muddy Waters inspired part 2 – lead guitar style
- Bo Diddley inspired grooves, chord and lead guitar approaches
- John Lee Hooker inspired grooves, devices, fills, and licks
- T-Bone Walker inspired part 1 – licks, scales, and note selection