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Stuart Ziff

Rhythmic Foundation

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

Taught by Stuart Ziff in Blues Guitar with Stuart Ziff seriesLength: 11:44Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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TraceyannTraceyann replied

I also found the stretch a little challenging, maybe you could give an easier alternative option for those of us that are not as advanced. Love your work though.

GUITARMAN5176GUITARMAN5176 replied

I guess I will be able to do this exercise when I can stretch my fingers more.

JestMe1JestMe1 replied

I love the track. Great track to practice and try new things out on... Seriously wish it was capable of looping..>!

Pick-AxPick-Ax replied

Right of the bat this lesson is great, distinguishing between blues and rock and roll while playing a similar riff that fits both.

georgieboylespaulgeorgieboylespaul replied

Clear as water!!! Excelent!!

Teanna RaeTeanna Rae replied

I love playing this however it hurts my wrist like crazy! Feel like I must be doing something wrong

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied

Teann, if you're experiencing actual pain, you should immediately stop what you're doing and let your wrist relax a bit. It's normal to feel a bit of mild discomfort and warmness from your muscles while playing, but if it's painful stop. I would suggest if this is happening frequently to address how your are holding your guitar. You want to hold it in a position that keeps your arms and wrists from having sharp angles. Typically people have the headstock too low. Bringing the headstock of the guitar up closer to your head can help make those angles less sever. This helps with pain and aids also in stamina.

Rob SRob S replied

I'm enjoying this lesson set! Good stuff

blind dog taylorblind dog taylor replied

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goodbar ukgoodbar uk replied

Greetings from £ngland Stuart, great tutorial however I wonder if you need any help 'grouting' your wall tiles, then you can take the spacers out :)

J.RodJ.Rod replied

Great info and details on playing these rhythms.

coreymichaelcoreymichael replied

Stuart, Great lesson. Looking forward to more.

SodaPopSodaPop replied

nice!

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.



Flat Tire ShuffleLesson 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
Rhythmic FoundationLesson 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
Complementary Rhythm TechniquesLesson 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
Supportive Single Note LinesLesson 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
Minor Pentatonic ScalesLesson 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
Minor BluesLesson 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
Soloing over Minor BluesLesson 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
Adding Swing to BluesLesson 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
Uptown BluesLesson 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
Blues with ii-V ChangeLesson 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
Pentatonic Scale Theory 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
2 Bar PhraseLesson 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
Slide Blues GuitarLesson 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
Slide Blues Part 2Lesson 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
Intervals for Open TuningLesson 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
Stuart Ziff

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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