TXBA ✪ Free Lesson Friday Podcast
By Texas Blues Alley
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Free blues guitar lessons from Texas Blues Alley. Welcome home guitar slinger :-)
|1||CleanVideoWho Needs Music Theory?||The subject of music theory can be very polarizing. Some people say everyone should learn as much as they can, some people say it’s unnecessary. I don’t think it has to be polarizing at all - the truth is somewhere in the middle, and it’s different for each person.||10/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|2||CleanVideoThe Thrill Is Gone Song Guide - Lesson 1||This is the first lesson in a new Mini-Course from TXBA called “The Thrill Is Gone Song Guide”.||9/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|3||CleanVideoZZ Top - Waitin’ For The Bus Rhythm||In this lesson we take a trip back to 1973, and learn the rhythm for ZZ Top’s “Waitin’ For The Bus”. First I’ll show you the core 12-bar pattern, then I’ll show you how to add in some droning notes to emulate the double-tracked sound from the album recording.||9/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|4||CleanVideoSRV’s Final Solo - Lesson||It’s hard to believe that it’s been 25 years since Stevie Ray Vaughan played his final performance. That night, 25 years ago, he jammed to the song Sweet Home Chicago, sharing the stage with an incredible lineup of guitarists. As a tribute to him, and as my thanks to all of you for your continued support, I’ve put together this hour long lesson teaching you each lick that he played during that jam. It’s 8 choruses long, and full of the expressive, powerful playing that he was known for. RIP Stevie.||8/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|5||CleanVideoJohnny Winter - You’re Humbuggin’ Me, 1:45||Johnny Winter was a Texas Blues legend, and he had some of the fiercest chops you’ll find anywhere. In this lesson we’ll dissect a particularly tricky lick from the song “You’re Humbuggin’ Me”, found at the 1:45 point in the song. This lick uses a simple repeating pattern that becomes very difficult as you play it at faster speeds.||8/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|6||CleanVideoBending Brushup: Problem Areas||Bending Brushup Mini-Course This is the first lesson in the Bending Brushup Mini-Course. The entire course is about an hour long and costs $9.99. Bending can make or break your playing. Great bending is captivating, bad bending is irritating. But… bad bending can be improved. In this lesson we’ll look at 3 problem areas that many player struggle with when developing their bending technique: Hitting Your Pitch Ending Bends Correctly Bending Without A Point If you like this lesson, you should check out the course. We’ll cover more advanced topics, and there are plenty of exercises (with tablature) to help you take your bending technique to the next level. Here’s a list of what’s covered in the rest of the course * Starting Pitch, Ending Pitch * Ending Your Bends * Multiple Target Notes * Picked and Unpicked Notes * Trajectory * Take-off / Ending speed||7/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|7||CleanVideoJimmie Vaughan Style Turnaround||This is a turnaround lick from the song Tilt A Whirl by Jimmy Vaughan. We’ve moved it to the Key of E, and slowed the tempo down a bit. We’ll look at the notes first, add in some signature Jimmy techniques, and focus on the timing to make it sit tightly with the V chord.||6/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|8||CleanVideoSRV Rude Mood Turnaround||This is an in-depth look at the syncopated turnaround that Stevie Ray Vaughan played in the song Rude Mood. We’ll slow down the tempo and take a look at mixing notes, rakes, and rests to create the hiccuping rhythm you hear when Stevie played it.||6/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|9||CleanVideoThe 5 Strat Pickup Positions||A closer look at the unique voices of each of the 5 positions of a Strat pickup selector switch, and some ideas for why and how to switch between the different positions whilst playing blues.||6/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|10||CleanVideoB.B. King Tribute Lesson||Get the backing track here: http://txba.ly/v74f Today the King of blues passed away at the age of 89. He was one of my heroes, and a major influence. Many of my favorite players were gone by the time I discovered their music, but I’m thankful that B.B. lived such a full life, playing right up till end. This lesson will serve as a guide through Box 3, the position where you’ll the sweet sounds of B.B.’s playing.||5/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|11||CleanVideoJazzy B.B. King V Chord Lick||B.B. King’s vibrato is legendary, but his phrasing is also exemplary. In this lesson we’ll study a lick that B.B. played right at Bar 9 of a slow blues song, right as the progression hits the V chord. It’s got a sweet start, a jazzy middle, and a signature B.B. finish.||5/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|12||CleanVideoJohn Mayer “Rolling” Turnaround||A defining characteristic of John Mayer’s style is his ability mix the technique of Stevie Ray Vaughan with the phrasing of B.B. King. In this lesson we’ll take a look at a lick that he plays at the very end of Bar 12 in the slow blues song “Out Of My Mind”. This lick happens so late in the progression, that the turnaround is essentially finished. This lick fits in during the last beat of the last bar, and leads us right into the I Chord of the next chorus.||5/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|13||CleanVideoGive Me Back My Wig Rhythm||In this lesson we’ll look at the way Stevie Ray Vaughan played the rhythm part for the song Give Me Back My Wig (written by Hound Dog Taylor). Like many things on guitar, this rhythm part is harder to play well than you might think. The song has a raucous, lively feel, and the rhythm part must be tight, and played with good timing to maintain the correct feel.||4/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|14||CleanVideoWhy it’s hard to sound like Jimi Hendrix||Jimi’s Influence: http://texasbluesalley.com/jimi Learning Jimi’s licks is one thing, sounding just like him is a completely different thing. If you’ve never thought about the things that made Hendrix sound the way he did, you might get frustrated trying to copy his sound. But there’s a very good reason that his sound is more difficult to capture. In this video I’ll talk about Jimi’s style, through the lense of a long-time SRV fanatic. I’ll compare and contrast their styles, and why it’s easier to sound like Stevie than Jimi.||12/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
hey anthony thanks for all the lessons they have been amazing in my learning process of just blues in general, I was trying to send you a message directly but had no luck, I know you have all your lessons planned out but if theres any room for requests then I am officially requesting Dirty Pool. That song amazes me. Thanks for everything!!
People. Like you make learning fun
I just came across this awesome podcast and it is a real blessing to see that this very gifted guitar player that the Lord has bless him has taking the time to share his knowgles with us.
And this guy very down to earth as well
So I see have some catching to do
Very helpful and insightful. He also does some great commentary on how to think about playing which I think is more important than playing in a way.