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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. (More)

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Blues

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.

Lesson 1

Basic Blues Shuffle

In this lesson, Eric introduces himself and his Phase 2 lesson series. He also teaches...

Length: 17:35
Lesson 2

Licks by Lightnin' Hopkins

Eric teaches a few popular Lightnin' Hopkins licks. These licks can be played over the...

Length: 11:46
Lesson 3

More Lightnin' Licks

Eric covers a few more essential licks in the style of Lightnin' Hopkins.

Length: 7:42
Lesson 4

John Lee Hooker Licks

Eric teaches a few licks inspired by the great John Lee Hooker.

Length: 7:43
Lesson 5

Country Blues Lick

Eric Madis explains a country blues lick he calls the "Country Blues Double Wham."

Length: 6:35
Lesson 6

Memphis Blues Lead

In this lesson Eric talks about playing basic lead in the Memphis Blues style.

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Lesson 7

Using the Memphis Blues

Eric demonstrates how the Memphis blues licks taught in the previous lesson can be used...

Length: 5:52
Lesson 8

12 Bar Memphis Blues

Eric demonstrates how to construct a full 12 bar blues solo by using the Memphis blues...

Length: 7:25
Lesson 9

Applying the Memphis...

In this lesson, Eric applies the Memphis Blues Lead to a practical blues context.

Length: 4:06
Lesson 10

Learning A Licks

In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches two licks that can be used over an A chord.

Length: 12:16
Lesson 11

IC Blues

In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches a type of blues shuffle that he calls the "IC Blues."...

Length: 12:45
Lesson 12

Simple Blues Lead

In this lesson, Eric talks about playing blues lead using licks you already know.

Length: 8:58
Lesson 13

Play Like T-Bone Walker

Eric Madis begins to explain T-Bone Walker's style of playing the blues.

Length: 7:48
Lesson 14

T-Bone Walker Lick

Eric Madis teaches a classic T-Bone Walker lick and talks about several different variations...

Length: 10:56
Lesson 15

Exploring T-Bone Walker...

Eric Madis introduces several new T-Bone Walker licks and explains the ways they can be...

Length: 10:21
Lesson 16

T-Bone Walker Licks...

Eric continues his exploration of T-Bone Walker licks and techniques.

Length: 9:22
Lesson 17

T-Bone Walker Licks...

Eric wraps up his overview of T-Bone Walker licks and techniques in this lesson. You will...

Length: 10:10
Lesson 18

Swing Blues in A

Eric teaches a swing blues progression. He teaches the progression in the key of A and...

Length: 14:17
Lesson 19

Stormy Monday Blues

In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches the blues progression to "Stormy Monday Blues." This...

Length: 9:49
Lesson 20

Stormy Monday Blues...

In this lesson, Eric returns to the world of "Stormy Monday Blues" to teach an amazing...

Length: 7:21
Lesson 21

Transition Licks

Eric Madis teaches a series of licks that can be used to transition from one pentatonic...

Length: 9:31
Lesson 22

Second Position Licks

In this lesson, Eric Madis demonstrates popular blues licks within the second pattern...

Length: 16:50
Lesson 23

The Thrill is Gone

In this lesson Eric talks about one of the classic blues tunes, "The Thrill is Gone,"...

Length: 10:43
Lesson 24

Third Position Playing

In this lesson, Eric Madis introduces the third pattern of the minor pentatonic scale....

Length: 11:27
Lesson 25

Using Third Position

Eric Madis once again talks about third position and how it can be used. He also introduces...

Length: 12:19
Lesson 26

The Fourth Position

In this lesson Eric Madis talks about the fourth position of blues playing.

Length: 10:04
Lesson 27

Playing Strategy

In this lesson Eric talks about "strategies" to use while playing and improvising.

Length: 7:11
Lesson 28

Alternative Blues Shuffle

Eric Madis introduces the alternative blues shuffle, which is particularly useful on guitars...

Length: 14:31
Lesson 29

Freddie King Style Licks

In this lesson Eric Madis teaches licks in the style of Freddie King.

Length: 9:38
Lesson 30

Aeolian Mode

In this lesson Eric talks about the differences between the minor blues and the "dominant"...

Length: 10:43
Lesson 31

Locrian Mode

In this lesson Eric Madis introduces the Locrian mode and talks about how it can be used...

Length: 6:58
Lesson 32

Dorian Mode

Eric continues his series on modes. This time he covers the Dorian mode and its relation...

Length: 7:16
Lesson 33

Modes & Minor Key Blues

Eric continues his discussion on modes in relation to the minor key blues.

Length: 9:31
Lesson 34

Minor 7th Arpeggios

Eric Madis teaches a handful of minor 7th arpeggios in this lesson.

Length: 10:34
Lesson 35

Dominant 7th Arpeggios

Eric demonstrates dominant 7th arpeggios in this lesson.

Length: 7:27
Lesson 36

Applying Dominant 7th...

Eric discusses dominant seventh arpeggios and how they can be used in blues licks.

Length: 6:58
Lesson 37

Diminished 7th Arpeggios

Eric talks all about diminished 7th arpeggios and gives five exercises to practice.

Length: 10:20
Lesson 38

Applying Diminished...

Learn how the diminished 7th arpeggios from the previous lesson can be applied to the...

Length: 12:13
Lesson 39

You Don't Love Me

Eric teaches the catchy blues song "You Don't Love Me."

Length: 14:27
Lesson 40

Freddie King Variation

Eric teaches Freddie King variations on T-Bone Walker licks.

Length: 7:53
Lesson 41

Lick Exercise

Eric provides an exercise that uses previously learned licks from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and...

Length: 12:45
Lesson 42

Introduction to Modes

Eric starts you off on the right foot with an introduction to modes.

Length: 28:09
Lesson 43

Mode Application

In this lesson, Eric explains some common blues applications for the modes of the major...

Length: 12:43
Lesson 44

Mode Application Continued

Eric Madis continues his discussion on mode application concepts.

Length: 18:30
Lesson 45

Major Pentatonic Scale...

Eric Madis discusses major pentatonic scale ideas.

Length: 6:09
Lesson 46

More Lick Ideas

Eric shares some more great lick ideas that you can incorporate into your playing.

Length: 10:25
Lesson 47

Ending Licks

Eric shares ideas on ending licks, turnarounds, and tags in this lesson.

Length: 12:41
Lesson 48

Fill-in Licks

Eric Madis teaches some great filler licks for your bag of tricks.

Length: 14:13
Lesson 49

Bass Lines

Eric Madis talks about some common blues bass lines that will spice up your playing.

Length: 13:43
Lesson 50

More Ending Licks

Eric Madis teaches some classic ending licks.

Length: 16:01
Lesson 51

Swing Blues

Eric Madis introduces the swing style of the 12 bar blues.

Length: 8:03
Lesson 52

Classic Minor Blues

Eric Madis introduces the basics of the classic minor blues and talks about how this progression...

Length: 18:35
Lesson 53

A Minor Blues in 8/8...

In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches a popular blues progression in 8/8 time. This rhythmic...

Length: 7:04
Lesson 54

Descending Minor Blues

Eric teaches a classic blues progression he calls the "Descending Minor Blues."

Length: 11:15
Lesson 55

Modern Block Chord Minor...

Eric Madis teaches an interesting minor blues progression he calls the "Modern Block Chord...

Length: 7:40
Lesson 56

Detroit Chicago Funky...

Eric Madis teaches an amazing blues progression he calls "The Detroit Chicago Funky Blues."

Length: 9:49
Lesson 57

Jimmy Nolen's Funky...

Eric Madis moves on and teaches an astonishing blues progression he dubs "Jimmy Nolen's...

Length: 8:41
Lesson 58

The Bump Shuffle

Eric Madis introduces a blues style called "The Bump Shuffle."

Length: 7:27
Lesson 59

The Bump Shuffle #2

In this lesson Eric Madis teaches a second way to play the classic blues progression "The...

Length: 4:41
Lesson 60

Chicago Bass Groove

Eric Madis teaches a bass oriented blues progression entitled the "Chicago Bass Groove."

Length: 6:50
Lesson 61

Blues Bass Groove

Eric Madis teaches another powerful bass groove he has extracted from the world of blues.

Length: 3:55
Lesson 62

Blues Bass Groove #3

Eric Madis teaches another useful bass groove for blues guitar.

Length: 5:47
Lesson 63

Blues Bass Groove #4

Eric Madis teaches another valuable blues bass groove.

Length: 4:43
Lesson 64

Wolf's Groove

In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches a blues bass groove inspired by Howlin' Wolf.

Length: 4:31
Lesson 65

Minor Progression Major...

In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches a valuable blues chord progression that he calls "Minor...

Length: 11:28
Lesson 66

Sliding Ninth Groove

Eric enthusiastically presents a new chord progression he calls the "Sliding Ninth Groove."

Length: 5:43
Lesson 67

Tribute Blues Shuffle

Eric pays tribute to Memphis Slim and Jimmy Reed in something he likes to call the "Tribute...

Length: 8:48
Lesson 68

Chicago Style Funky...

Eric Madis teaches a blues chord progression inspired by the Chicago style of blues playing....

Length: 9:51
Blues

Slide guitar and Blues go way back, and have a rich heritage of complimenting each other. The slide is a wonderful way to add that "vocal" quality to your guitar playing as well. This technique can be used with all genres of music, but Eric will cover it within the world of Blues.

Lesson 1

Introduction to Blues...

Eric Madis delves into the world of slide guitar and discusses how it can be used within...

Length: 26:36
Lesson 2

Common Slide Licks

Eric Madis teaches two crucial slide guitar licks.

Length: 17:12
Lesson 3

Slide Lick Ideas

Eric shows how the basic closed lick can be played over a twelve bar blues. He also introduces...

Length: 12:19
Lesson 4

Kokomo Arnold Lick

Eric Madis talks more about the Kokomo Arnold lick and explains some variations developed...

Length: 11:14
Lesson 5

Fred McDowell Licks

Eric teaches a few licks from Fred McDowell and demonstrates how they can be used in a...

Length: 10:00
Lesson 6

Connecting Licks

Eric Madis explains how Duane Allman put his own unique spin on a classic lick played...

Length: 9:28
Lesson 7

Duane Allman Licks

Eric Madis demonstrates licks in the style of Duane Allman.

Length: 5:29
Lesson 8

Harmonica Imitation...

Eric Madis demonstrates how the Duane Allman style "Harmonica Imitation Lick" can be used...

Length: 7:52
Lesson 9

Duane Allman Ideas

Eric Madis talks more about the Duane Allman style of playing and introduces the idea...

Length: 8:01
Lesson 10

Traditional Blues Slide...

Eric Madis teaches two classic licks in this lesson. First he covers a lick called "Son...

Length: 7:47
Lesson 11

Elmore James Melodic...

Eric Madis teaches a classic blues slide lick called the "Elmore James Melodic Lick."

Length: 8:51
Lesson 12

Four Blues Slide Licks

Eric Madis introduces four new blues licks that can be played with a slide. He teaches...

Length: 10:22
Lesson 13

Filling the Spaces

Eric Madis teaches how to fill empty spaces in an arrangement with common licks. This...

Length: 4:48
Lesson 14

Building a Solo

Eric demonstrates how the licks and techniques from previous lessons can be combined to...

Length: 5:56
Lesson 15

A Tuning and Slide Guitar

Eric introduces open A tuning and shows how some of the licks you have already learned...

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Lesson 16

General Slide Tips and...

Eric offers up some amazing slide guitar tips. He talks about guitar setup, how to hold...

Length: 13:30
Lesson 17

Delta Blues Slide

Learn how to play the timeless Delta Blues using a slide. This lesson uses A tuning.

Length: 15:35
Lesson 18

The Walking Blues

Eric teaches how to play the classic "Walking Blues" progression using a slide.

Length: 14:25
Lesson 19

Rollin' and Tumblin'

Eric teaches a rendition of "Rollin' and Tumblin'" that can be played with a slide.

Length: 15:09
Lesson 20

Improvisational Techniques

Eric explains how to take a blues song or progression and make it your own.

Length: 9:54
Lesson 21

Blues Shuffle Improvisation

Eric Madis demonstrates how blues licks, movable chords and other ideas can be combined...

Length: 16:24
Lesson 22

A Tuning Lick Review

Eric Madis gives an in depth review of core blues licks in open A tuning.

Length: 18:21
Lesson 23

Dust My Broom Theme

Eric explains how the classic "Dust My Broom" lick can be used to develop a theme that...

Length: 6:01
Lesson 24

Linear Playing Ideas

Eric Madis demonstrates some slide licks that use a more linear approach instead of a...

Length: 8:44
Lesson 25

Harmonica Imitation...

Eric Madis shows how the "Harmonica Imitation Lick" can be used to create a theme that...

Length: 6:11
Lesson 26

Two Lick Theme

Eric Madis combines two classic licks to create a smokin' 12 bar blues theme.

Length: 7:10
Blues

Eric Madis covers a uniquely American style of music, the Blues. In this series he tackles the subject from the acoustic fingerstyle perspective and even throws in a bit of ragtime for good measure.

Lesson 1

The Rolling E Blues

Eric Madis introduces his Fingerstyle Blues and Ragtime lesson series. After the introduction,...

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Lesson 2

The Rolling E Blues...

Eric Madis expands on "The Rolling E Blues," which he taught in the last lesson. This...

Length: 8:35
Lesson 3

Monotonic Bass

Eric Madis introduces the concept of monotonic bass lines and gives an excellent exercise...

Length: 7:24
Lesson 4

The Rolling E Blues...

Eric Madis returns to the wonderful world of "The Rolling E Blues" and demonstrates how...

Length: 6:23
Lesson 5

The Rolling E Blues...

Eric Madis returns to "The Rolling E Blues" and teaches an even more complex variation.

Length: 5:33
Lesson 6

Robert Johnson Style...

In this lesson Eric teaches a Robert Johnson style blues.

Length: 9:56
Lesson 7

Robert Johnson Style...

Eric Madis returns with the second part of his lesson on the Robert Johnson style blues.

Length: 10:51
Lesson 8

Blind Willie McTell...

In this lesson, Eric Madis talks about the Piedmont blues and the musical stylings of...

Length: 12:54
Lesson 9

Blind Willie McTell...

Eric Madis returns with the second part of his lesson on the Piedmont style and Blind...

Length: 8:52
Lesson 10

Improvisation Oppurtunities

Eric Madis demonstrates some opportunities for improvisation within the Blind Willie McTell/Piedmont...

Length: 11:59
Lesson 11

The Memphis Diads

Eric Madis introduces a series of diad patterns he calls "The Memphis Diads" and shows...

Length: 11:06
Lesson 12

Idea Application

This time around, Eric takes the ideas from the past few lessons and ties them together...

Length: 8:23
Lesson 13

The Style of Mississippi...

In this lesson, Eric Madis begins teaching the style of Mississippi John Hurt. He talks...

Length: 12:12
Lesson 14

The Style of Mississippi...

Eric Madis takes the ideas taught in the last lesson and expands upon them. He talks about...

Length: 9:59
Lesson 15

Robert Johnson Theme

Eric Madis begins teaching a common theme in the style of Robert Johnson. This theme will...

Length: 5:29
Lesson 16

Robert Johnson Style...

Eric Madis continues with the Robert Johnson theme. This time, he finishes up the first...

Length: 8:20
Lesson 17

Robert Johnson Theme...

In this lesson, Eric teaches a brilliant variation to the Robert Johnson theme taught...

Length: 6:39
Lesson 18

Robert Johnson Theme...

In this lesson Eric talks about improvising using the Robert Johnson theme he has been...

Length: 11:04
Lesson 19

The Rolling E Blues...

Eric Madis takes knowledge he has taught in past lessons and applies it to an update of...

Length: 4:48
Lesson 20

The 7th and 9th Chords

In this lesson, Eric Madis talks about using the 7th and 9th chords in blues progressions....

Length: 9:12
Lesson 21

Big Bill and the Reverend

Eric teaches a Piedmont blues number inspired by Big Bill Broonzy and the Reverend Gary...

Length: 14:59
Lesson 22

Big Bill and the Reverend...

In this lesson, Eric Madis returns to a piece he calls "Big Bill and the Reverend". This...

Length: 9:57
Lesson 23

Big Bill and the Reverend...

In this lesson, Eric returns to the tune "Big Bill and the Reverend" and talks about D...

Length: 12:25
Lesson 24

Big Bill and the Reverend...

In this lesson, Eric shows several interesting improvisational techniques you can use...

Length: 11:17
Lesson 25

Baby Please Don't Go

Eric Madis teaches a traditional blues tune entitled "Baby Please Don't Go".

Length: 9:29
Lesson 26

Baby Please Don't Go...

In this lesson Eric discusses variations that can be used when playing "Baby Please Don't...

Length: 10:36
Lesson 27

RJ's Lament

Eric Madis will have you sounding like Robert Johnson in no time with this amazing blues...

Length: 10:44
Lesson 28

RJ's Lament Part 2

In this lesson Eric Madis teaches a version of "RJ's Lament" that contains Robert Johnson's...

Length: 8:10
Lesson 29

Mississippi John Hurt...

In this lesson, Eric teaches a 16 bar blues progression that honors blues musician Mississippi...

Length: 8:02
Lesson 30

Mississippi John Hurt...

In the second part of his "Mississippi John Hurt Tribute," Eric Madis teaches several...

Length: 9:41
Lesson 31

The Americana Rag

Eric Madis teaches a traditional blues and ragtime theme he likes to call "The Americana...

Length: 9:35
Lesson 32

The Americana Rag Part...

Eric Madis returns to "The Americana Rag". He teaches the melody portion of the song and...

Length: 7:53
Lesson 33

Walking Bass Lines

Eric Madis teaches the concept of walking bass lines within a new blues chord progression.

Length: 11:11
Lesson 34

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah

Eric starts teaching his blues/ragtime rendition of the classic song "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah"....

Length: 12:26
Lesson 35

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah...

Eric Madis returns to this song and teaches the second part of the melody.

Length: 5:52
Lesson 36

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah...

In this lesson, Eric teaches another melody that can be used with this song. This time...

Length: 8:02
Lesson 37

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah...

In this lesson, Eric teaches a version of this tune that is inspired by Mississippi John...

Length: 9:00
Lesson 38

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah...

Eric Madis teaches you how to incorporate some Memphis lead ideas into the arrangement...

Length: 6:36
Lesson 39

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah...

Eric teaches another way to play this song that includes arpeggio techniques often employed...

Length: 5:45
Lesson 40

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah...

Eric Madis teaches what he calls the "Blind Blake and Merle Travis" section of the song....

Length: 7:28
Lesson 41

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah...

In the final lesson on this song, Eric teaches the ending and then demonstrates the entire...

Length: 8:35
Lesson 42

Maple Leaf Rag

Eric Madis teaches a fingerstyle version of the classic ragtime tune "Maple Leaf Rag"....

Length: 8:00
Lesson 43

Maple Leaf Rag Part...

In the second part of his series on "Maple Leaf Rag," Eric teaches a basic version of...

Length: 6:43
Lesson 44

Maple Leaf Rag Part...

Eric Madis teaches the next major portion of the melody for "Maple Leaf Rag". This melody...

Length: 11:23
Lesson 45

Maple Leaf Rag Part...

In this lesson, Eric teaches the third part of the melody to "Maple Leaf Rag". When combined...

Length: 8:53
Lesson 46

Maple Leaf Rag Part...

Eric wraps up his rendition of "Maple Leaf Rag" by teaching the ending segment of the...

Length: 8:02