Category: Genre Lessons

The genre based lessons focus primarily on developing guitar playing skills that apply to a specific style of music such as blues, classical, jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and rock music. The content studied is built upon the basic fundamentals learned in the beginner series of lessons. Therefore the lessons require you to have basic knowledge and skill level.

Autumn Leaves – Chord Tone Mapping
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In this lesson we will be taking a dive into the chord tone mapping of Autumn Leaves. Chord tone mapping is the process of mapping out the chord tones for each chord of the progression to give us a better handle on improvising over the tune. For example we will map out the root, 3rd, 5th, and 7th of each chord. The targeting of these notes will help us play better, more melodic solos. A great exercise for any tune in any genre.

Worry You Off My Mind by Big Bill Broonzy
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Worrying You Off My Mind is a solo acoustic blues tune by Big Bill Broonzy.  It is played fingerstyle as most of the old blues were and uses an Eb tuning.  It does not follow a typical 12 Bar Blues pattern but rather an 8 bar progression with the occasional extra bar added in. While solo acoustic blues is not easy, this is a relatively simple arrangement for the genre.

Autumn Leaves Harmonic Analysis
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In this lesson we will be diving into a harmonic analysis of the jazz standard Autumn Leaves. Understanding the harmonic structure of the tune is an important element in learning the jazz language.  It will help develop our ear, recognize common chord progressions, and help with improvisation over the chords.

Pipeline by The Chantays
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In this lesson we will be learning a great first surf rock tune called Pipeline by the Chantays.  The song incorporates much of what we covered in the Surf Rock Basics lesson.  It is in the key of Em and contains a melody line and some palm muted 16th note picking that will be sure to challenge your strum hand!

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Surf Rock Basics
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In this lesson we will be covering some of the basic techniques, concepts, and tones used in surf rock style guitar. Concepts covered are 16th note picking, tremolo picking, chords, riffs, and effects.

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Review of Blues Chords
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In this lesson we will be reviewing different options that are available to you when playing a 12 bar blues.  We will be covering all the different bluesy chord options we have covered thus far.

In the Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett
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In this lesson we will be studying the R&B style guitar work of Wilson Pickett’s In the Midnight Hour.  The song embodies the primary essence of old R&B guitar playing by accenting the upper register of the chords.  A great song to learn if you are interested in this style of playing.  Must be able to play barre chords.

Boogie Woogie Blues 2 (Solo)
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In this lesson we will be expanding on the previous Boogie Woogie Blues lesson and adding some solo licks and different riffs to make it a little more interesting. This is a piece you could play as a solo guitar composition.

Boogie Woogie Blues
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In this lesson we will study some Boogie Woogie Blues riffs in the key of E. The riffs try to emulate the style of the boogie woogie piano players with the emphasis on the bassline. Great for use in coming up with your own style of boogie woogie blues.

Beginner Major Blues Solo
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In this lesson we will study a beginner level major blues solo.  This lesson is specifically designed for those just beginning their exploration of blues improvisation and soloing with the pentatonic major scale.  We will go through one pass of a major blues chord progression note by note.  You are encouraged to expand upon the specific solo taught and come up with your own style.

Wildwood Flower
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In this lesson we will be learning the Carter family classic Wildwood Flower. This is a great example of a traditional Bluegrass style tune.  The melody is played within the chords much like a chord melody or solo.

Bluegrass Style Lick
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In this lesson we will be studying a flashy bluegrass lick in G that spans several positions on the fretboard.  The lick combines many elements of Bluegrass improvisation including pentatonic major, minor, and some mixolydian.  It applies several articulations as well. Slides, hammer ons, pull offs are all incorporated into the lick.

The Palm Mute
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In this lesson you will learn the technique of palm muting and how to apply it to your playing.

The Pinky Matters
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In this lesson you will learn ways to embellish the 12 bar blues and powers chords using your pinky finger. Several examples are demonstrated

Moving the Dom 7 Chord
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In this lesson we will cover several ways to play Dominant 7 chords as barre chords and movable chords

Drop D Tuning
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This lesson scratches the surface of playing in Drop D tuning.

The Jimi Hendrix Chord
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This lesson covers the Dom 9 chord and the Dom 7#9 chord made famous in rock music by Jimi Hendrix.

The Blues Scale
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In this lesson we will learn and study the Blues scale.

Blues Scale Licks
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In this lesson we will study ways to apply the Blues scale in your lead playing.

Stylizing your blues shuffle
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In this lesson we will learn some ways to stylize your blues shuffle.

Country Style Chord Riff
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In this lesson we will stylize our chord with a country flavored riff.

Blues Style Chord Riff
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In this lesson we will stylize our chord with a blues favored riff.

Stylizing Chords Rockabilly Style
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In this lesson we will learn how to stylize a simple I-IV-V pattern with a Rockabilly flavor

Quick Change 12 Bar Blues
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In this lesson we will learn the Quick Change 12 Bar Blues Progression. In this progression we switch to the IV chord after the first bar.

B.B. King Style Mixolydian
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In this lesson we will study Mixolydian blues licks in the style of B.B. King.

Chuck Berry Style Blues
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In this lesson we will study blues improv in the style of Chuck Berry combining Mixolydian and Blues scale

Stevie Ray Vaughan style Blues
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In this lesson we will study some blues licks in the style of Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Dickey Betts Style Blues
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In this lesson we study some blues lick in the style of Dickey Betts from the Allman Brothers Band.

Classic Country Strumming
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In this lesson we will explore some classic country strumming patterns.

Make Your Chords Sound Country
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In this lesson we will learn some ways to make your chords sound more country.

Using Pentatonic Major in Country
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In this lesson we will learn how to use the Pentatonic Major scale to make our leads sound more country.

The Country Scale
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In this lesson we will learn the Country Scale and how to apply it to our improvisation and lead playing.

The Memphis Scale
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In this lesson you will be introduced to the memphis scale and learn how it can be applied.

Country Riffing
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In this lesson we will learn some country style riffs using the b3rd and b7th.

Country Licks
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In this lesson we will learn some country licks you can use in your lead playing.

Travis Picking Continued
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In this lesson we will study more on Travis Picking.

More Country Licks
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In this lesson we will learn some more country licks you can use in your lead playing, combining the country scale and pentatonic major.

Intro to Travis Picking
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In this lesson we will learn the basic principles behind Travis picking. Travis picking is a finger picking style named after one of the innovators, Merle Travis. Travis picking is used in Country, Blues, Ragtime, and Rock music.

Blues Changes
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In this lesson we will study the basic 3 chord 12 bar blues changes using the I, IV, and V chords of a key.

Embellishing the Blues Changes
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In this lesson we will study a couple of common ways to embellish the 12 bar blues changes.

Use of Augmented and Diminished Chords in Blues
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In this lesson we study some ways to use Augmented and Diminished chords in Blues progressions.

Intro to Funk
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In this lesson we are going to discuss some concepts of Funk music. Funk is a genre of music created in the late 60’s that combines elements of jazz, soul, and R&B. Funk music often de-emphasizes melody and harmony and focuses on creating a strong rhythmic groove.

Funk Jam
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In this lesson we are going to learn a specific Funk Jam that you can play along to one of our jam tracks.

Intro to Reggae
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In this lesson we will discuss the basic fundamentals of playing Reggae music. It is a rhythmic music that focuses on beats 2 and 4 as opposed to 1 and 3.

Reggae Jam
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In this lesson we are going to jam over a simple reggae tune by Bob Marley called Stir It Up.

Romanza
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Romanza (Romance) is a standard classical tune in the key of E minor and E major. The piece has 2 parts, the first being in Em and then shifts to an E major section. There is no particular arrangement for this song. It is open to interpretation and being creative on your own. It has been performed many different ways by arranging the 2 parts. This is a complex classical style tune and I highly recommend studying Volume 12 on finger picking before attempting this piece.

Embellishing the Major chord Hendrix style
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In this lesson we will learn some cool riffs to embellish the Major chord. This is in the style of Jimi Hendrix, SRV, and many bluesy players

Intro to Chicken Pickin’
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In this lesson we will start our teaching of Country style hybrid picking or chicken pickin. This is a style often used by the likes of Brad Paisley and Brent Mason among many others.

Chicken Pickin Chords
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In this lesson we will use our chicken picking technique within some basic open chords.

Chicken Pickin Riff in A
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In this lesson we will learn a cool chicken pickin style riff in the key of A