Essential Blues Lead Guitar
If you want to learn to play Blues Lead Guitar, this is where to start
Starting your journey into Blues guitar is great fun! Blues is a language and learning to communicate and it's very easy to learn the basics and get 'talking' right away. This Essential Blues Lead Guitar Module will take you through the techniques, vocabulary, scales and concepts you'll need to start improvising and jamming the blues!
Introduction (lessons below!)
Welcome To The Essential Blues Lead Guitar (Module 1)
There are 13 lessons in this series (plus two BOUNS lessons on the DVD version). I recommend that you have completed the Intermediate Foundation Modules 3 & 4 before starting this, however if you've completed the Beginner's Course and keen to get going it wouldn't hurt to make a start - but I've written it with the Intermediate guitar player in mind.
This module replaces the Blues Lead Guitar 1 course which was filmed long ago, way before I had HD video and was pretty new to the whole online lessons thing. This course is WAY better in pretty much every way!
BL-401 • The Blues Language
The Blues is a language. In this lesson we will explore how it works and I explain how this will feed into the lessons that follow - learning the alphabet and words and the 'accent' that make it sound authentic. This lesson is a big deal and will really help you make the most of this course.
BL-402 • The Minor Pentatonic Scale - Pattern 1
In this lesson we're checking out The Minor Pentatonic Pattern 1 and looking at how it's played, fingering options for the Blues (slightly different from the 'beginner' way!) and some of the common problems and misconceptions.
BL-403 • Bending Technique In Blues
Next we look at getting your string bending in tune and check out which notes you can bend in Pattern 1. Learning to bend in tune is absolutely essential if you want to play the blues!
BL-404 • Five Blues Licks Using The Minor Pentatonic Scale - Pattern 1
Now it is time to get some licks down, learn some words :) Using Minor Pentatonic Pattern 1. With just these five licks you'll be able to improvise some cool solos!
BL-405 • Blues Vibrato
Vibrato is what makes your guitar sing! It's a big deal and learning how to do it great will make even the simplest of licks sound incredible!
BL-406 • Using Blues Licks Effectively
Now you know some words, lets look at how to use them effectively to say something, to make poetry with your words and tell a story people want to hear!
BL-407 • The Minor Pentatonic Scale - Pattern 2
Once you can play a confident solo in Pattern 1, you probably want to start exploring other parts of the neck, so in this lesson we look at the next pattern up the neck which is called Pattern 2.
BL-408 • Five Blues Licks Using The Minor Pentatonic Scale - Pattern 2
As you should now know - you need to learn licks (words) in the scales, not just the scales - so here are five more licks, this time using Minor Pentatonic Pattern 2. Learn them and then use them :)
BL-409 • The Blues Curl on the Flat 3rd
Understanding the common blues 'accent' of the small 1/4 tone bend on the flat 3 scale degree will really add an authenticity to your playing. It's easy, sounds awesome and shouldn't take long to work into your playing!
BL-410 • Introducing The Blue Note (and Blues Scale)
Now we're checking out the blues scale, which is essentially The Minor Pentatonic Scale with one note added in, the blue note (also called the Flat 5 or b5). We'll look at where it is found around the two scale patterns we have looked at so far. It's fun to use, but you gotta do it right!
BL-411 • Five Licks Using The Blue Note
In this lesson we're checking out five awesome licks that use The Blue Note so you can get some cool new words with that flat 5 spice that we checked out last lesson!
BL-412 • Blues Licks Linking Patterns 1 & 2
Once you can play in Pattern 1 and 2 of the Minor Pentatonic, then you probably should learn how to join them together. In this lesson I'll show you five licks that do just that! And how to use them of course...
BL-413 • Jam The Blues In Every Key
Making sure you can move your patterns around to play in any key is really important. In this lesson we're going to check out some of the options and make sure we know our root notes and look at how you might start to try to find the keys of songs on your own - a very important skill.
Where to now?
Well I stongly recommend that you spend a good amount of time (months?) making sure you feel very comfortable with Pattern 1 and 2 and can play a confident solo using the licks you know before moving on. In the next series All Over Blues Lead Guitar you will learn the other 3 Patterns and be able to play all over the neck, but if you cant play a decent solo using Patterns 1&2 then it won't help - honestly!
But when you are ready, head over to All Over Blues Lead Guitar :)
Essential Blues Lead Guitar Course DVD set
Blues Lead Guitar Course DVD (with bonus content and Jam CD) available in The Justinguitar Store.
Essential Blues Lead Guitar DVD Set Only Bonus Lessons:
The notes for these lessons (TABs for the licks and GuitarPro for the Mixing Lead) are on the DVD, insert it into your computer to find the files!
BONUS LESSON • Show Off Blues Licks (DVD)
In this bonus lesson I show you five flashy licks that are fast or too cool for school and will add some flair to your blues improvising!
BONUS LESSON • Mixing Blues Lead And Rhythm (DVD)
I get loads of requests on how to do this so thought I'd share with you an exclusive video lesson on how develop this skill - it's loads of fun! Comes with a GuitarPro file you can use to jam along with!
Jam Blues 1 (CD)
My Jam Blues 1 backing tracks collection is the perfect partner for puting your words into practice!