Endless energy. Youthful Innocence. Vintage vibes. Winner of the ultra-prestigious Gibson Blues Guitarist of the Year, Artur Menezes, now joins the JamPlay roster of artists and educators.
We are excited to announce his course, The Evolution to Modern Blues, covering the past, current, and future of this beloved genre.
Equipped with full tabs, playalong tracks and spanning 31 lessons, Artur walks you through the time-honored traditions of Blues, then into "his world" of modern blues techniques and flavorful additions.
Hoping to learn the blues from scratch, or tired of playing the same licks? This course was built for you. Learn more or start the course with membership, or get lifetime access with purchase.
The History. The Current Landscape. The Ideas for the Future.
Artur delivers a course to both enlighten the blues-beginner or reinvigorate the long-standing blues guitarist. Starting with the fundamentals, moving to the licks of famed blues players, and finishing with modern alterations to inspire fresh ideas. 31 lessons with playalong tracks, tabs and helpers, exclusively from JamPlay.
Get up to speed
Artur lays the bedrock for any aspiring Blues player. Learn or brush up on the "essentials" before powering into the next phase.
Playalong tracks are provided for an interactive, hands-on experience.
Minor Pentatonic Arsenal
Build your vocab and learn 20 fresh licks in all 5 positions. Includes gems from legends such as Stevie Ray Vaughn and B.B. King.
A library of "go-to" Blues licks can keep a guitarist occupied for a long, long time!
Bring your playing to life
Our final section moves into more "modern" ideas, including substitutions, pentatonic modifications, and altered scale tones.
Unlock both the "how" and "why" for altering common blues licks in any key.
Suited for Guitarists of All Skill Levels
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Modern Blues. How did we get here? We got here with a combination of time honored traditions and an outside the box approach. Artur Menezes introduces his JamPlay series - The Evolution of Modern Blues - where he blends these two worlds flawlessly.
Understanding the form of the 12 bar blues is foundational to blues guitar playing. Internalizing where the chords land and understanding the harmony is key to mastering the traditional blues form.
We have learned the standard 12 bar form. There are many different feels that fit within that basic form. In this lesson, Artur takes a look at a variation in the 12 bar blues: the slow change and fast change concepts.
Although a very common type of blues, don't be fooled by the word "slow" in slow blues. Slow does not mean easy! In fact, it can be a challenging feel to master. Artur gives us his take on the slow blues.
The shuffle is one of the core feels of blues. In this lesson Artur talks about how to "feel" the shuffle, and gives some ideas of what to play over it.
Turnarounds are lines played over the bars 11 and 12. They are commonly played on blues tunes and their function is to conclude the "sentence"(round). Like when you are reading a book and you finish a paragraph or a chapter.
To improvise over a blues tune, major or minor, the Minor Pentatonic Scale is a foundational component. In this lesson Artur explains the scale, and will teach you the 1st shape and give you 4 licks that will make you sound bluesy!
Now on to the 2nd shape of the minor pentatonic scale. Get ready for the scale plus 4 in position licks that will make you sound amazing!
Another scale shape, another 4 licks! This time it's shape 3 of the minor pentatonic scale.
The 4th shape add yet more flavors to your minor pentatonic scale licks. Again, we learn the shape and learn 4 cool licks to go along with it!
In this lesson Artur teaches us the last shape of the minor pentatonic scale. And as with the other shapes, Artur will give us 4 licks to go along with shape 5.
Bends and Vibrato are some of if not the most important things to consider when you express yourself through guitar. They are what make you sound like you. In this lesson Artur shows us some vibrato and bending techniques you can learn, and in time they will help you develop your own sound!
Have you ever attended to a blues jam session and heard someone yell "Shuffle in D, from the five! 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4..."? What is that! In this lesson Artur teaches you those expressions and licks to start shuffle and slow tunes.
Finishing strong is very important when playing the blues! In this lesson, Artur explains how a blues tune usually ends, and useful ways to finish your statement.
It is important to copy the masters in order to understand the blues language and with time develop your own phrasing. In this video Artur teaches licks from BB King.
It is important to listen to and emulate the masters in order to understand blues language and feel. In this lesson, Artur shows us some licks from the legendary bluesman Albert King.
When we study the blues greats, it is inevitable that their style will seep into our own playing. Just like we can hear Hendrix in Stevie Ray Vaughn's playing, Stevie Ray's playing can find it's way into yours! Here are some Stevie Ray style licks from Artur to get you on your way.
Using movements and chord substitution are very important to make the song more musical, mature and less boring for the players and for the audience. In this lesson Artur focuses on the "half diminished" chord substitution in a slow blues, major key, using chormaticism to move the chords.
Now Artur shows us an interesting way of improvising using chords and their arpeggios as the basis of the solo. He also shows us some licks based on the half diminished arpeggio.
Players like BB King and Derek Trucks mastered playing the major scale over a traditional blues progression. In this lesson Artur shows you how to integrate this into your playing.
This lesson is all about an easy but important exercise meant to connect all of the minor pentatonic shapes. Artur also gives us some fast pentatonic runs to help with our speed and dexterity.
Instead of thinking modally, Artur is the type of player that likes to think: Minor Pentatonic + Target notes. In this lesson, he shows us some licks using the minor pentatonic, plus the sharp 4.
The minor pentatonic plus the major 3rd is the subject of this lesson. Get ready to add a major flavor to your tonality!
More flavors to add to your playing - Adding the major 6 to the minor pentatonic scale gives that "dorian" sound!
Adding the major 9 flavor to your minor pentatonic scale licks will give you a more modern sound. Join Artur as he explores this latest addition.
Using the altered scale in just the right spot can start suggesting jazz tonality in your blues playing. In this lesson, Artur shows us the scale and how and where to use it!
Dominant diminished. Yet another scale that takes you into new territory, tonally speaking. Artur gives us some cool licks to use with this very unique scale.
Using chromaticism is an easy way to add a more modern approach and tonality. Artur uses chromatic connecting points to show us this concept.
The minor blues is a foundational blues style that has it's roots deep in the genre. Artur talks about this feel and shows us some of his favorite minor blues licks.
The more we move towards jazz tonality, the more sophisticated our blues becomes. In this lesson Artur improvises over a song from his most recent album. Talk about a modern evolution! This is entering full on Jazz territory!
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