It's not WHAT you play, it's HOW you play it. Hi, I'm Matthieu Brandt and welcome to Blues Solo Strategies. I LOVE playing licks, but throwing a bunch of licks together doesn’t make a good solo. You want your solo to tell a story, to make a lasting impression, to take the song to a high point. In studying my heroes and the way they approached their solos, I figured out that they all used some sort of strategy. In this course, we'll focus on the strategies that will help you get your solo playing to the highest possible level and how to practice these strategies so they become second nature to you.
This course contains 43 of these essential strategies and a huge number of exercises to practice them. Some of these strategies will have an immediate effect on your solos; like playing with your fingers instead of your pick or singing with your solo. Introducing vocal characteristics is one of most important ones, like breathing in your solo lines and using vibrato. Some of these strategies will take a bit of time to seep in, like building solos with a solid structure (ABAC being the most effective). Using contrast keeps the audience interested and can be achieved in many different ways: with timing, using different scales in a solo, and using chromatics and rhythmic transposition. When you tell a good story there's always a compelling story line, and the same goes for soloing. We're also going to tackle strategies for situations where you're out of your comfort zone, like when the tempo is too high, the piano player is too busy, or the chord progression too complex.
Some guitar players believe in the magic of music; that playing world class solos is just a talent only some of us have. I beg to differ. Practicing and using these strategies will get you awfully close to sounding like your heroes. Soloing is about telling a story, and this course will make sure people listen. Let me show you how!
Content Runtime: 3 Hours 01 Minutes 35 seconds
Focus on British Blues
Hi I'm Jeff McErlain and welcome to Focus In On British Blues. Many of today's top guitar players owe a great debt of gratitude to some of the classic British blues giants like Eric Clapton, Jimmy page, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, and more. In this course were going to focus in on the essential techniques and elements that define British blues guitar. Not only will we look at guitar techniques, I'll also talk about what makes the classic British blues guitar sound. This guitar sound is basically a Les Paul and a Marshall amplifier, the blueprint of the modern guitar sound that many of us still consider the Holy Grail of tone. I have broken up this course into four sections. The first section will give you an overview of the history of British blues and the main players, also looking at the gear and how to dial in your amp and guitar for just the right sound. In the second section we'll look at essential soloing techniques like bends, vibrato, licks, and phrases that are characteristic to the genre. In the third section I'll show you the essential rhythm guitar moves, grooves, and chord voicings of British blues. And finally, in the fourth section we'll put them all together into four performance studies where we'll combine all the techniques we discussed in the earlier sections. So let's fire up that guitar and get to it!
Content Runtime: 2 Hours 17 Minutes 42 Seconds