In this lesson Eric talks about playing basic lead in the Memphis Blues style.
Taught by Eric Madis in Electric Blues with Eric seriesLength: 10:37Difficulty: 1.5 of 5
The blues is a distinctly American style of music. Many popular genres such as jazz, rock, and country music draw upon basic blues concepts. Consequently, it is advantageous for any guitarist to study the blues.
In this lesson, Eric introduces himself and his Phase 2 lesson series. He also teaches a basic blues shuffle in the style of Jimmy Reed.Length: 17:35 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Eric teaches a few popular Lightnin' Hopkins licks. These licks can be played over the blues shuffle from the previous lesson.Length: 11:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Eric covers a few more essential licks in the style of Lightnin' Hopkins.Length: 7:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Eric teaches a few licks inspired by the great John Lee Hooker.Length: 7:43 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Eric Madis explains a country blues lick he calls the "Country Blues Double Wham."Length: 6:35 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson Eric talks about playing basic lead in the Memphis Blues style.Length: 10:37 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Eric demonstrates how the Memphis blues licks taught in the previous lesson can be used over various chords.Length: 5:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Eric demonstrates how to construct a full 12 bar blues solo by using the Memphis blues licks he taught in previous lessons.Length: 7:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Eric applies the Memphis Blues Lead to a practical blues context.Length: 4:06 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches two licks that can be used over an A chord.Length: 12:16 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches a type of blues shuffle that he calls the "IC Blues."Length: 12:45 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Eric talks about playing blues lead using licks you already know.Length: 8:58 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Eric Madis begins to explain T-Bone Walker's style of playing the blues.Length: 7:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Eric Madis teaches a classic T-Bone Walker lick and talks about several different variations you can play.Length: 10:56 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Eric Madis introduces several new T-Bone Walker licks and explains the ways they can be used.Length: 10:21 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Eric continues his exploration of T-Bone Walker licks and techniques.Length: 9:22 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Eric wraps up his overview of T-Bone Walker licks and techniques in this lesson. You will be applying what you've learned in the next lesson, so be sure to practice.Length: 10:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Eric teaches a swing blues progression. He teaches the progression in the key of A and explains how licks from previous lessons can be played over it.Length: 14:17 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches the blues progression to "Stormy Monday Blues." This progression is played in the style of T-Bone Walker and Earl "Fatha" Hines.Length: 9:49 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Eric returns to the world of "Stormy Monday Blues" to teach an amazing introduction segment.Length: 7:21 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Eric Madis teaches a series of licks that can be used to transition from one pentatonic pattern to another.Length: 9:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Eric Madis demonstrates popular blues licks within the second pattern of the minor pentatonic scale.Length: 16:50 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson Eric talks about one of the classic blues tunes, "The Thrill is Gone," by B.B. King.Length: 10:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Eric Madis introduces the third pattern of the minor pentatonic scale. This pattern is used frequently by the likes of B.B. King.Length: 11:27 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Eric Madis once again talks about third position and how it can be used. He also introduces a slew of new licks.Length: 12:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson Eric Madis talks about the fourth position of blues playing.Length: 10:04 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
In this lesson Eric talks about "strategies" to use while playing and improvising.Length: 7:11 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Eric Madis introduces the alternative blues shuffle, which is particularly useful on guitars featuring humbucker pickups.Length: 14:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson Eric Madis teaches licks in the style of Freddie King.Length: 9:38 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson Eric talks about the differences between the minor blues and the "dominant" blues. He also introduces the modes, beginning with the Aeolian mode.Length: 10:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson Eric Madis introduces the Locrian mode and talks about how it can be used in blues.Length: 6:58 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric continues his series on modes. This time he covers the Dorian mode and its relation to the blues.Length: 7:16 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric continues his discussion on modes in relation to the minor key blues.Length: 9:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Eric Madis teaches a handful of minor 7th arpeggios in this lesson.Length: 10:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Eric demonstrates dominant 7th arpeggios in this lesson.Length: 7:27 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Eric discusses dominant seventh arpeggios and how they can be used in blues licks.Length: 6:58 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric talks all about diminished 7th arpeggios and gives five exercises to practice.Length: 10:20 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Learn how the diminished 7th arpeggios from the previous lesson can be applied to the blues.Length: 12:13 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Eric teaches the catchy blues song "You Don't Love Me."Length: 14:27 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Eric teaches Freddie King variations on T-Bone Walker licks.Length: 7:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Eric provides an exercise that uses previously learned licks from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th patterns of the minor pentatonic scale.Length: 12:45 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric starts you off on the right foot with an introduction to modes.Length: 28:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Eric explains some common blues applications for the modes of the major scale.Length: 12:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Eric Madis continues his discussion on mode application concepts.Length: 18:30 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Eric Madis discusses major pentatonic scale ideas.Length: 6:09 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric shares some more great lick ideas that you can incorporate into your playing.Length: 10:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric shares ideas on ending licks, turnarounds, and tags in this lesson.Length: 12:41 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric Madis teaches some great filler licks for your bag of tricks.Length: 14:13 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric Madis talks about some common blues bass lines that will spice up your playing.Length: 13:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric Madis teaches some classic ending licks.Length: 16:01 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric Madis introduces the swing style of the 12 bar blues.Length: 8:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric Madis introduces the basics of the classic minor blues and talks about how this progression can be spiced up using simple blues techniques.Length: 18:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches a popular blues progression in 8/8 time. This rhythmic feel gives the progression a funkier or more rock-like feel than the traditional blues.Length: 7:04 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric teaches a classic blues progression he calls the "Descending Minor Blues."Length: 11:15 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric Madis teaches an interesting minor blues progression he calls the "Modern Block Chord Minor Key Blues."Length: 7:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric Madis teaches an amazing blues progression he calls "The Detroit Chicago Funky Blues."Length: 9:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric Madis moves on and teaches an astonishing blues progression he dubs "Jimmy Nolen's Funky Groove."Length: 8:41 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric Madis introduces a blues style called "The Bump Shuffle."Length: 7:27 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson Eric Madis teaches a second way to play the classic blues progression "The Bump Shuffle."Length: 4:41 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric Madis teaches a bass oriented blues progression entitled the "Chicago Bass Groove."Length: 6:50 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Eric Madis teaches another powerful bass groove he has extracted from the world of blues.Length: 3:55 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric Madis teaches another useful bass groove for blues guitar.Length: 5:47 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric Madis teaches another valuable blues bass groove.Length: 4:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches a blues bass groove inspired by Howlin' Wolf.Length: 4:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches a valuable blues chord progression that he calls "Minor Progression Major Chords."Length: 11:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric enthusiastically presents a new chord progression he calls the "Sliding Ninth Groove."Length: 5:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric pays tribute to Memphis Slim and Jimmy Reed in something he likes to call the "Tribute Blues Shuffle."Length: 8:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Eric Madis teaches a blues chord progression inspired by the Chicago style of blues playing. This progression has a funky rhythmic feel.Length: 9:51 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
About Eric Madis
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Eric Madis is a guitarist, singer and composer, a versatile artist whose playing and compositions reflect his diverse and thorough background in American music. Whether performing in an ensemble or as a soloist, he exudes a love and a mastery of the blues that have been refined by years of experience in jazz, country, rock, and even Hawaiian music. What results are performances that include authentic renderings of old rural blues, personal interpretations of modern urban blues and jazz standards, and original music that defies strict categorization, but that draws heavily from these traditions.
Eric lives in Seattle where he leads his own ensemble, performs as a solo act and performs in the Seattle Swing Trio. He has released four CDs on Luna Records, and is currently working on a fifth. He is on the faculty of the National Guitar Workshop and Dusty Strings Music and teaches guitar privately.
Eric lived his formative years in Colorado with a family that was musical (his mother was an accomplished opera singer), and began his music study on the piano at the age of nine. He began performing shortly after picking up a guitar at ten years of age. By the age of sixteen, he was performing in Chicago-area coffeehouses. He has accompanied artists as diverse as bluesmen Big Walter Horton, Sunnyland Slim, Deacon Jones, Hawaiian luminaries Irmgaard Aluli, Kekua Fernandez, Emma Sharpe and author/poet Nikki Grimes.
He has led bands in Illinois, Texas, Colorado and Washington. He has opened shows for Robben Ford, James Cotton, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Mem Shannon, Hawkeye Herman and author Sherman Alexie. Eric's four albums have received critical acclaim, including regional airplay and nominations from NAMA and Washington Blues Society (WBS). He has received 16 Best Blues nominations from WBS, was a finalist in the New Folk Awards at the 1981 Kerrville National Folk Festival, a finalist in the 1991 Seattle Guitar Starz competition, and has music featured on five film soundtracks. Eric has taught guitar classes at Denver Free University, University of Washington's Experimental College, Northwest Folklife Festival, National Guitar Workshop, and Canada's Guitar Workshop Plus.
Whether performing in a group or as a soloist, at a concert or a small club, teaching privately or a large workshop, Eric is a dedicated professional, with commitment to the quality of his art and to his audience.
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