Quick Start Guide to Courses

Here’s my step by step curriculum that I have developed for students who want to take their blues guitar playing to the next level.

For Beginners

If you are a beginner to guitar, then I have written an ebook that will give you the basics of everything you need to know to start playing guitar with some tips on starting to learn blues as well.

Beginner Guitar Ebook – The complete beginner guide to getting started with the guitar. After teaching thousands of private lessons, these are the lessons I have found Will work if YOU practice. This ebook will show you the best chords to learn first, as well as picking techniques, strum patterns, basic lead skills and more.

Learning Lead Guitar

I recommend you start with the courses below for learning how to improvise blues lead guitar. They are listed below in the order you should work through them in.

Blues Techniques – This Course will teach you the “How” to play. Crucial skills that you will need to become a technically proficient guitarist are covered. Topics include picking, blues exercises, vibrato, bending, rhythm, and more. No theory is taught. This course will give you the rock solid foundation that is required before you move into the theory and ear training aspects of the “What” to play.

Blues Guitar Method 1 This Course will train you to hear and see where scales and patterns are at all over the fretboard. Say goodbye to only using this first position Minor Pentatonic scale. While it’s a great scale to use, you can’t solely depend on this one pattern. Although you may know this pattern, do you know how to use it by applying intervals? Ear training and learning how to incorporate cohesive and melodic lines when improvising the blues is heavily taught.

– Supplements for applying the concepts taught in Blues Guitar Method 1

– This course contains a Beginner/Intermediate blues solo and 10 licks to practice with. The solo and licks taught are examples you can use from the concepts you learn in my Blues Guitar Method.

– This course contains a Beginner/Intermediate blues shuffle solo and 11 licks to practice with. The solo and licks taught are examples you can use from the concepts you learn in my Blues Guitar Method.

Blues Guitar Method 2 – This course picks up where the Blues Guitar Method left off. You will learn exactly which notes that will sound great when improvising over each chord in the 12 bar blues. After completing this course you will have the knowledge that will give you many unique options of what you can play when presented with a 12 bar blues progression. You will see the fretboard in a totally new way which will allow you limitless improvisational ideas if you work through and do the training.

Learning Rhythm Guitar

I recommend you start with the courses below for learning how to play blues rhythm guitar. They are listed below in the order you should work through them in.

– In this course you will learn how to play the essential elements of improvising blues rhythm guitar. One of the number one things that most people have a problem with is Rhythm. Let’s face it rhythm is hard, but achieving a fluid rhythm blues guitar sound is achievable by learning the correct foundation. In my new Blues Rhythm Guitar course I want to provide you with the foundation that will help you become a rhythm player that knows his/her place in a blues setting.

In this course you will continue learning about the key aspects of playing blues rhythm guitar including that Texas blues sound often heard played by SRV, ZZ Top, Johnny Winter, and more.

– In my Chord Embellishments course you’ll learn the techniques and concepts that are needed to play the style of rhythm guitar that you’ll hear in tunes such as, “The Wind Cries Mary” and “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix, “Life Without You” by SRV, and “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room” by John Mayer just to name a few. By completing this course you’ll understand not only how to play this style but where it comes from and how to create your own parts using this style.

Next Steps

Once you have worked through all of the above courses, you will then be ready to learn any of the Blues Courses that are on the site. The next step in playing great blues guitar is learning different styles of blues rhythm, licks, and solos.

Learning Slide Guitar

My lessons about learning Slide Guitar start with the understanding that you have no idea what to play with a slide. They do assume that you have some musical knowledge like what strings, frets, scales, chords, and the guitar basics are. Put simply, these courses are geared for players who have been playing for at least a year or two.

Step 1

Your first step when deciding to learn slide guitar is what tuning to use. I offer courses in 3 different tunings.

Open EStandardOpen G

If you’re not sure which one to start with, read a description below about what each tuning sounds like. I would recommend that whatever artist you like the most, pick that tuning to start learning slide with. Duane Allman, Derek Trucks? Choose Open E. Warren Haynes? Choose Standard

Step 2

Pick any of the 3 courses below to get started with slide guitar.

open-e-tuning-slideOpen E Tuning Slide Guitar – If you want to learn how to play like Duane Allman and Derek Trucks, then this is the course for you. A lot of the techniques these guys use are taught in this course. If you go through this course and practice, you will be able to understand what they’re doing. However, it will take some practice to achieve the same kind of sound that they get.

open-g-wideeOpen G Tuning Slide Guitar – This is more of a country blues type course, but it also has a little bit more of a rhythm aspect to it. I find myself playing Open G a lot lately and in my opinion it’s a little easier to pick up than Open E. Think Robert Johnson, Ry Cooder, and Lowell George. Also contains some roundneck dobro lessons.

standard-slide-wideStandard Tuning Slide – This course will teach you how to play slide in standard tuning. I played slide in this tuning for many years before ever using open tunings. In my opinion, standard tuning is the most difficult to learn due to the amount of muting you must do. In a way it’s kind of good, because if you can play slide in standard tuning, then you will probably do really well in open tunings because of the technique that you have to develop. These lessons are in the style of Warren Haynes and the Allman Brothers.