Monthly Archives: July 2014

“Let Me Play The Blues For You”: A Unified Field Theory For Playing The Blues?

Not that long ago, I was giving an off the cuff lesson to a friend who asked about blues soloing. I just said to play the minor pentatonic scale. I immediately regretted saying that. It was a pat answer and

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“Lawdy mama, light my fuse”: Johnny Winter 1944 – 2014

Johnny Winter passed away yesterday in Switzerland at the age of 70 while on tour in Europe. Johnny was one of my first guitar heroes. When I was about 11 or 12 years old, my brother joined Columbia Record Club (anyone

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Posted in Blues, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“How Blue Can You Get . . .” : Some Lesser Known Blues Solos Worth Checking Out

Lately, I have been concentrating on learning to play the Chapman Stick Guitar (see the Chapman Stick Guitar tab for more info). While it is in many ways different from your standard guitar, it also shares many traits. Because I

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Posted in Blues, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis
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