Blues Guitar with Stuart Ziff

Stuart will demonstrate his own unique style of Blues guitar. He will talk about the genre and demonstrate why this unique style is a staple of American music.

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Stuart will cover the Blues genre in-depth in this exhaustive lesson series. Being a man of many musical backgrounds, Stuart will also offer advice on how to incorporate Blues playing and technique into other styles of music.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Flat Tire Shuffle

Stuart doesn't waste an ytime diving into blues as he starts his series off by demonstrating one of the most iconic and recognizable blues rhythm patterns, the "flat tire" shuffle.

Length: 13:34 Difficulty: 1.5 Free Sample Lesson from this Series!
Lesson 2

Rhythmic Foundation

Rhythm in blues is essential, and Stuart provides some tips on how the foundation for blues rhythm can be built.

Length: 11:44 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 3

Complementary Rhythm Techniques

In this lesson, Stuart demonstrates how to create complementary rhythms that accompany the rest of the band or layer in while a soloists takes over.

Length: 11:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 4

Supportive Single Note Lines

Stuart demonstrates how simple single note lines can really influence rhythm within blues music.

Length: 17:24 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 5

Minor Pentatonic Scales

Stuart moves forward in his blues series by demonstrating the minor pentatonic scale. He explains how some major artists have influenced its use within blues music.

Length: 17:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 6

Minor Blues

Even though they are less common than major keys, minor keys play a huge part in blues music. Stuart discusses and demonstrates minor blues concepts.

Length: 13:13 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 7

Soloing over Minor Blues

This lesson provide tips on soloing over minor blues progressions. Stuart uses a backing track to help demonstrate some basic fundamentals to keep in mind while soloing.

Length: 20:06 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 8

Adding Swing to Blues

Adding a "swing" to eighth note groupings is the subject of this lesson. Stuart demonstrates how this simple rhythmic technique gives blues music part of its signature feel.

Length: 11:17 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 9

Uptown Blues

Stuart utilizes the swing technique to help demonstrate how "uptown blues" has its own unique sound that stems from larger, urban east coast cities.

Length: 15:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 10

Blues with ii-V Change

Stuart demonstrates what a ii-V change is and explains how it is such a widely used turnaround within blues music.

Length: 16:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 11

Pentatonic Scale Theory

Stuart takes an in depth look at pentatonic scale theory and demonstrates many different ways it can be applied within blues music.

Length: 34:05 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 12

2 Bar Phrase

Stuart will demonstrate what a 2 bar phrase is and how it can be used within the blues genre.

Length: 15:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 13

Slide Blues Guitar

Stuart will now demonstrate what bottleneck slide blues guitar is, some of his favorite artists, and the techniques on how to achieve that unique twang sound.

Length: 7:24 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 14

Slide Blues Part 2

Stuart will now dive much deeper into the many different techniques that are needed to create a Bottleneck Slide Blues sound.

Length: 14:14 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 15

Intervals for Open Tuning

Stuart will continue his slide blues techniques by demonstrating how to find intervals within an open tuning.

Length: 9:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only