Category: Artist Studies

The Artist Study lessons focus on the specific style of influential guitar legends such as B.B. King, Jimmy Page, and Keith Richards. Instruction hones in on the nuances that give the artists their signature sound. Covered topics could include specific improvisational techniques, riffs, and chord voicings in the style of the particular artist.

Jimmy Page – Black Dog Song Study
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This lesson is a song study of Black Dog.

Intro to Jerry Garcia
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In this lesson we will be discussing the style of Jerry Garcia. We will cover basic elements to his playing and tone ideas.

Combining Scales
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In this lesson we will discuss one of the essential elements of Garcia’s blues and country style playing, combining the blues, mixolydian, and country scales.

Jerry’s Blues
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In this lesson we will discuss the essence of Garcia’s blues playing approach. We will apply the combining of scales with modifying melody.

Melodic Patterns
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In this lesson we will discuss Garcia’s use of melodic patterns.

Modal Playing
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In this lesson we will discuss the Modal element of Jerry’s style. The chord progression of Franklins Tower will be used as an example.

Targeting Specific Notes
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In this lesson we will discuss the idea of targeting notes of the specific chords playing in the harmonic structure.

Improv over Deal
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In this lesson we will apply the concept of targeting specific notes of the harmonic structure using the Deal Jam Track.

Improv over Althea
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In this lesson we will be looking at the harmonic structure and improvisation of Althea.

Bends and Chromatic Licks
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In this lesson we will take a close look at Jerry’s use of bends and chromatic licks

Changing Modes
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In this lesson we will study the chord progression to Eyes of the World and practice switching modes or keys.

Jimmy Page Riffage
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In this lesson we will discuss how Page uses Pentatonic and Blues scales to create some of the most memorable riffs in the history of rock n roll. Examples given are Heartbreaker, The Ocean, and Misty Mountain Hop

Open Power Chord Riffs
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In this lesson we will examine how Page creates great riffs from a simple power chord. We will specifically be studying the riff from Rock N Roll and Houses of the Holy.

Jimmy Bends
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In this lesson we will take a close look at the style of Page’s string bending.

Repeating Licks
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In this lesson we will study repeating licks in the style of Jimmy Page. These are great licks to include in your improvising vocabulary.

Introduction To Jimmy Page
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In this lesson we are going to discuss the main concepts behind Jimmy Page’s style and tone.

Ascending and Descending Licks
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In this lesson we will study more licks in the style of Jimmy Page.

Combining Pentatonic Major and Minor
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In this lesson we will study how Page combines the major and minor pentatonic scales in his lead playing. We will be using a Jam Track to improvise.

Jimmy and the Minor Scale
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In this lesson we will take a look at how Jimmy page uses the Minor Scale. We will be jamming to a jam track in the style of Since I’ve Been Loving You.

Targeting Notes
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In this lesson we will study how Jimmy targets specific notes in the solo to Stairway to Heaven.

BB King : Introduction
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This lesson is an introduction to the guitar style of BB King. Specifically, we will be discussing overall approach to solos, tone, and basic scales used.

BB King : Chords
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In this lesson we will study and discuss the chords used by King. Dominant 9 and 13 chords are the topic of discussion.

BB King : Vibrato and Bends Guitar Lesson
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In this BB King guitar lesson we will study the vibrato and bending techniques used by guitar legend BB King. His particular style of vibrato and bending is very recognizable. In fact his unique vibrato is one of his defining attributes.  His bending style is quite remarkable in the amount of semi tones he can find in one bend just by slight adjustment.

BB King : Rakes and Dynamics
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In this lesson we will cover King’s use of rakes and dynamics in his solo phrasing.

BB King : Chromatic Approach
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In this lesson we will study how BB King uses a chromatic approach in his phrasing.

BB King : Jazz Influence
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In this lesson we will study some specific jazz type licks used by BB King.

BB King : Addressing the V Chord
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In this lesson we will discuss and study some ways to address the V chord in a 12 bar blues progression when improvising.

BB King : Minor Blues
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In this lesson we will study BB King style in the context of a minor blues progression.

BB King : Major Blues Jam
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In this lesson we will tie together what we have learned thus far about BB King’s style in a major blues progression context.

BB King : Double Stops
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In this lesson we will study double stops in the style of BB King

Keith Richards : Brown Sugar
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In this lesson we will incorporate the open G chords in this Rolling Stone classic Brown Sugar.

Keith Richards : Open G Chords
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In this lesson we will cover some of the basic chord forms used most often by Richards in open G tuning.

Keith Richards : Honky Tonk Woman
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In this lesson we will study the song Honky Tonk Woman. This tune requires some hybrid picking country style.

Keith Richards : Introduction
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in this lesson we will discuss basic tone, tunings, and playing style of Keith Richards.

Keith Richards : Keith in Standard Tuning
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In this lesson we will study some standard tuning techniques used by Richards in such songs as Satisfaction.