Free Lesson Friday
By Texas Blues Alley
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Free blues guitar lessons from Texas Blues Alley. Welcome home guitar slinger :-)
|1||CleanVideoPeter Green - Oh Well, Intro||This has to be one of the baddest blues rock song intros of all time. We’re going to learn the intro to the song Oh Well by the great Peter Green, while he was with Fleetwood Mac.||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||CleanVideoSimple Blues Picking Drill||Here’s a simple picking drill that can be used by players of any skill level to improve your alternate picking in Box 1. You can slow it down or speed it up to match your picking skill level, and you can move it up and down the fretboard where the string spacing is different.||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||CleanVideoHendrix “Skipping The Root” Trick||Bold As Love Song Guide Course In this lesson we’ll study a very cool chord embellishment that Jimi Hendrix played in the song “Bold As Love”. Jimi was able to create a feeling of movement when he played rhythm, and in this lesson we’ll look at how he does that by skipping the root of a chord, jumping straight to the embellishment, then landing on the root of the following chord.||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||CleanVideoTexas Flood Soloing Themes||In this lesson we’ll look at the major soloing “themes” that Stevie Ray Vaughan used when he played the song Texas Flood. While each performance was unique, there were some things that stayed consistent. These themes are a big part of how he was able to stretch out the song without making it sound repetitive.||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||CleanVideoEric Gales - I Don’t Know, 2:26||If you don’t know about Eric Gales, you should. In this lesson I’ll attempt to play and teach a lick from his latest album. This lick happens at 2:26 in the song “I Don’t Know”. It’s very fast, and requires a lot of picking. Links to his new album “Middle of The Road” EG @iTunes EG @Amazon EG @Spotify||8/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||CleanVideoSRV - Honey Bee, Intro||Learn the very cool intro to the song “Honey Bee” by SRV from the album “Couldn’t Stand The Weather” TXBA Locals will get tablature with this lesson, plus a bonus 13 minute lesson that teaches several alternative ways to play it.||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||CleanVideoRival Sons - Secret, Intro Rhythm||The Rival Sons are a band I learned about last year and have been listening to a LOT ever since. In this lesson you’ll learn the blistering intro, and core rhythm pattern to their song Secret off of the Great Western Valkyrie album. TXBA Locals will get tablature along with this lesson.||5/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|8||CleanVideoHendrix - Killing Floor Intro||In this lesson we’re looking at the intro to Killing Floor, as covered by Jimi Hendrix. This is a fast, syncopated rhythm that Jimi played so fast that it’s hard to make sense of what you’re hearing. But when you slow it down and clean it up, you’ll find two simple patterns responsible for “that” sound. In this lesson I’ll teach you both patterns note-for-note. TXBA Locals will also get SoundSlice tablature with this lesson, along with Instant Loops pre-programmed around each individual part of the Demonstration.||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|9||CleanVideoSwingin’ Texas Boogie Rhythm Lesson||In this lesson I’ll show you how to play a swingin’ blues rhythm in the key of E. It uses a lot of open strings so it has a nice ringing sound. We’ll start with a simple base, then add several embellishments to jazz it up. TXBA Locals Extras 10+ minute extended lesson Tabs Backing Track||4/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|10||CleanVideoUsing Open Strings For Blues||I’ve had a number of people ask me for advice about how to effectively use open strings, so I’ve put together this lesson with every way I can think of using open strings in 4 different keys. There’s a lot covered, hopefully some of it will be useful.||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|11||CleanVideoHendrix - Highway Child Bending Chords||This lesson is about those strange sounding chords at the very beginning of Highway Child by Jimi Hendrix. I’ll teach you the technique behind that strange sound. You’ve no doubt heard this used in songs, so I’ll also show you how to use it in other keys.||2/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|12||CleanVideoSRV - Pride And Joy Sliding Chords||This lesson is about those two-note sliding chords that SRV used during Pride And Joy. Once you learn how to find the positions of these relative to the root note of the key, you can use them in any key.||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|13||CleanVideoHendrix - Red House, 3:01||In this lesson you’ll learn a short descending lick that Jimi Hendrix played in the song “Red House”. Although it is simple, I like it because it mixes major and minor, chords and single notes.||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|14||CleanVideoAlbert King - Killing Floor Solo (Wattstax), 1:31||Albert King is known mostly for his intense slow blues playing, but his style also works really well over an uptempo rockin’ beat. The 12-bar solo you’ll learn in this lesson comes from a live performance of the song “Killing Floor” off of the “Blues At Sunset” album. There are only a few licks, and all of them are similar. But Albert was a master of nuance, and within these few licks, there’s a full range of expression - enough to cover 12-bars.||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|15||CleanVideoWhy Does Speed Matter?||When I started playing guitar, all I could think about was playing fast - mostly because I wanted people to think I was great. Over the years I’ve learned to think of speed differently, using it as a tool more than as a “destination”. In this video I’ll share a bit about how I escaped the mentality that speed was all it took to be a great guitarist. But I’ll also talk about why I still think playing fast, or rather having having the technical capability to play fast, matters.||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|16||CleanVideoKWS - True Lies Rhythm||In this lesson I’ll show you how to play the rhythm part for the main 12-bar progression of “True Lies” by Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The underlying rhythm is familiar, you may recognize it from other songs, but there’s a few tricks to making it sound as heavy as he does.||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|17||CleanVideoThanksgiving Ballad 2016 Quick Fix - Sample||Course Link Join The Locals This video features a previously unreleased performance of the Thanksgiving Ballad, shot last year. I’ve taken that performance and created a Quick Fix Mini-Course from it. There’s a sample from the course after the performance.||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
|18||CleanVideoAdvanced Level Blues Warmup Lick||Much of my work at TXBA involves sitting at a computer and working on the website. There are weeks that go by where I barely have time to play guitar. Taking such a long time off can cause your skills to slip. I find that during these periods, it’s helpful to have some warm-up (or calibration) licks that help identify which parts of my technique are slipping. In this lesson, I’ll teach you a lick that ascends and descends through 3 different boxes. At fast speeds, it will expose problems with your picking technique and general sloppiness. At slower speeds, it can be a good technique building exercise for beginner and intermediate players.||11/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
|19||CleanVideoSlow Blues Quick Fix #1 - Solo 1||Course Link: Slow Blues Quick Fix #1 This is a sample from the new course called Slow Blues Quick Fix #1. In this video you’ll see the full 8 minute demonstration, in the style of Ain’t Gone ‘n’ Give Up On Love by SRV. After the full performance, you’ll see the individual lick demonstrations with tablature, exactly as they are shown in the course. Each lick is shown at full speed, then again with half-speed, each with tablature overlaid on the video. If you like that kind of breakdown, you’ll love the course.||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
|20||CleanVideoGary Clark Jr. - Bright Lights Rhythm||In this lesson, we’ll look at the deceptively simple rhythm in the song Bright Lights by Gary Clark Jr. The rhythm is based around a single chord with a few embellishments. The challenging part is to get the right “feel”, created by staccato accents alternating with ringing low notes.||10/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
This dude gives some great lessons that not only help you learn the musie of Stevie Ray Vaughn but also the blues.
Thinking outside (or inside) the box...
I found this podcast when downloading some SRV tracks. I hadn't touched my electric guitar in over a year (I usually play fingerstyle accoustic), and was feeling inspired, so I dove into this series for a fresh start. Having read books, watched videos, etc, these just clicked in a way that wasn't so rigidly academic as some of the other methods I've experienced. The tutorials are well paced, precise, and well filmed. I played until my fingers blistered. This guy knows his stuff.
New format not for old video ipods
Great stuff...too bad the last bunch weren't recorded for older video ipods :(