How to Play Soloing over Minor Blues by Stuart Ziff (Guitar Lesson)


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Stuart Ziff

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.

Taught by Stuart Ziff in Blues Guitar with Stuart Ziff seriesLength: 20:06Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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bam711711bam711711 replied on March 22nd, 2015

If this is 2.5 difficulty I have to go back to -minus 2.5 I'll check back in a couple years.GREAT SOUND GREAT BLUES

EBNorthEBNorth replied on October 17th, 2014

Absolutely beautiful blues licks that just floats in the air. As good as any blues out there.

tomsaxlundtomsaxlund replied on July 14th, 2013

A ton of achievable stuff to practice from this lesson, thanks Stuart, great.

seasonedcitizenseasonedcitizen replied on March 3rd, 2013

excellent lesson!

dearlpittsdearlpitts replied on November 23rd, 2012

i,m loving this guy-love when i come back to jam play and theres great new stuff like this.good job.

yacovyacov replied on November 21st, 2012

I love your style Stuart. You've given alot in these lessons that will really expand my ability to play R&B style. Two thumbs up!!

claude77claude77 replied on November 12th, 2012

This lesson is a great way to expand your playing and using different colors while playing the blues. I love it and I will work hard on your lesson. Thank Stuart it's a great lesson

chazziechazzie replied on November 11th, 2012

Tip of the hat Stuart & Thank You for your time . I learned a ton from all 7 sets . I love the way you teach Thanks Again ! Chazzie

buckeyestevebuckeyesteve replied on November 11th, 2012

Very tasteful playing Stuart. Proof that you don't have to play a bazillion notes in order to create a nice solo. Great lesson.

chazziechazzie replied on November 11th, 2012

Crud hit a thumbs down I ment Thumbs up O man I feel SO BAD by any chance a Dev fix this for me = (

emilios1995emilios1995 replied on November 9th, 2012

excellent, super melodic approaches

Blues Guitar with Stuart Ziff

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

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.



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
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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members Only

About Stuart Ziff View Full Biography A veteran guitarist fluent in, Blues, R&B, Funk, Rock, Reggae and everything in between. As a Studio Musician playing guitar on numerous commercials, demos for singer songwriters and records

. A career as a songwriter that began with Warner Bros recording artist David Ball’s first Nashville CD in 1994 “ Thinking Problem .“ Stuart was co writer on the hit song “ Thinking Problem.” Also playing on the record supplying acoustic and electric guitar. Since 2000, He’s been living in Los Angles. Presently the Guitarist for the band WAR, touring and recording with them. As a songwriter for Film & TV: “ National Lampoons Cattle Call ,“ Americas Funniest Home Videos and Bad Girls. Songs on recordings by Eric Burden, Johnny Adams, Gary Hoey and Theresa James. Since 2005, a member of the faculty at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood.

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