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Stuart Ziff

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.

Taught by Stuart Ziff in Blues Guitar with Stuart Ziff seriesLength: 11:39Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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georgieboylespaulgeorgieboylespaul replied

Clear as always and really fun lesson. Thank you so much!!

Rob SRob S replied

most enjoyable and a big help with my timing in general, Thanks Stuart

aquiguillermoaquiguillermo replied

Great Lesson. Hands on! Nice and easy... Thanks Stuart

bam711711bam711711 replied

Great Lessons

jddavisjddavis replied

Thanks Stu, this is what I think I've needed, to really to get into a groove along with my timing.

marshall laneymarshall laney replied

SMOOTH !

tstevens_21tstevens_21 replied

Great stuff Stu - keep em coming !!

colinb66colinb66 replied

Great series Stuart, I especially like your playing with the backing track which demonstrates the music better for me. I have a question about your left-hand. You seem to play with the fingers quite flat to the fingerboard, is that because you're muting unwanted strings? In the C triad of example 1 it looks as though you may be muting the 5th string with the tip of your 3rd finger and the 6th string with the middle finger.

seasonedcitizenseasonedcitizen replied

Great lessons Stuart, looking forward to more.

ivan_cortes16ivan_cortes16 replied

These lessons are gold, please keep them coming!

dearlpittsdearlpitts replied

my rythem has needed these lessons thank you-stuart

melodiusthunkmelodiusthunk replied

That's the stuff, the meet & potatoes! and Stuart not only plays well, he teachs you like you are hangin' out together at the local blues jam. More! Scott

J.RodJ.Rod replied

Love these chord riffs Stuart!!! Awesome!

emilios1995emilios1995 replied

very Fun to play !

jboothjbooth replied

Stuart, you are the man :)

mrchairboymrchairboy replied

Excellent stuff Stuart! Thanks for this. Really like the way you start simple and build on the first ideas (and how to make it greasy!). Looking forward to what's next. Jay

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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