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Jekyll and Hyde Blues

Join Chris Liepe on an epic Blues journey. He will take a 3 minute Blues guitar solo, break it down and teach it lick by lick. By the end of this series your ability to play and understand Blues will increase substantially.

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Join Chris Liepe on an epic Blues journey. He will take a 3 minute Blues guitar solo, break it down and teach it lick by lick. By the end of this series your ability to play and understand Blues will increase substantially.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Introduction to the Jekyll and Hyde Blues

In this lesson, Chris Liepe introduces the "Jekyll and Hyde Blues." This is a 3 minute long blues guitar solo that incorporates techniques and lines from the blues greats. Chris breaks down the solo lick by lick.

Length: 3:17 Difficulty: 0.0 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 2

Section 1 - String Raking, Muting, and a Pentatonic Line

Chris teaches the first section of this epic blues solo. This portion features string raking, muting, and a simple pentatonic line.

Length: 3:40 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 3

Section 2 - Call and Answer

Chris teaches the second section of the solo. This section features sort of call and response and also incorporates more bending, rakes and muting in a higher register.

Length: 4:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 4

Section 3 - A Flavored E Chord

Based on an open “E” chord, this familiar sounding lick comes way down in dynamics and in range.

Length: 2:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 5

Section 4 - Crash on the E

Chris teaches the fourth lick in this solo. It is a dominant line that is played the same over both the V and IV chords just before the turnaround.

Length: 3:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 6

Section 5 - The First Turnaround

This is one of the most familiar sounding licks in the entire pack. Chris teaches this classic turnaround and demonstrates how it can be used in the context of a blues solo.

Length: 5:04 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 7

Section 6 - Time for Some Lovin'

We really turn into the “nice guy” on this one! It starts with a subtle sweep/rake followed by some whispering bends. Then, you get to walk up with some clean 6th intervals and back down with some octaves. Get the other fingers on your pick hand ready for some hybrid picking. It makes the...

Length: 5:06 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Section 7 - Chipmunk Bite

This lick has bite! This lick remains soft for the most part, but has a few notes that really jump out dynamically. The beginning of the lick really nails the minor 3rd, but at the end, it rests on a nice major 3rd. Strategically using the minor/major 3rd interplay really creates some nice...

Length: 4:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 9

Section 8 - Keep It Fast and Quiet

Play one more quiet lick before we crank the gain back up. Incorporate some fast triplets, palm muted legato notes, and a smooth slide down to E. Then, you’ll reach for your volume knob!

Length: 3:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 10

Section 9 - Messes and Megaphones

Bring back the bends and the loudness! This lick is designed to lead to another lick with a bit more resolve. It’s written to be messy.

Length: 3:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 11

Section 10 - Play It in the 60's

It's time to bend the first string up to an E! Milk it for all it’s worth. The rest features a bendy journey down the Em pentatonic scale and a Hendrix-influenced trill with a twist. If you have a whammy bar, hit it a few times while you’re playing the trill. It’ll create a nice distressed...

Length: 3:59 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 12

Section 11 - Do You Like Your Guitar?

If you like abusing your guitar, you’ll like this lick. It features loud, open string double stops, slides, and a long bend that ends with you hitting your guitar to create a percussive and abrupt stop!

Length: 4:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 13

Section 12 - Playful Thirds

Time to return to nice playing. The use of staccato when playing quietly makes for a playful, controlled sound. Pay special attention to note durations on this one. In order to nail the crescendo at the end, you’ll need to inch your volume knob up just before you start the line. Take care...

Length: 4:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 14

Section 13 - Woah!

This lick only works if you play behind the beat. There are not many notes here, but each one counts. Using the whammy bar takes the listener to a modern instrumental rock place just for a second before being reminded once again that he/she is indeed listening to the blues.

Length: 4:40 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 15

Section 14 - Play Like a Singer #1

Chris focuses on playing melodic lines that mimic vocals.

Length: 2:42 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 16

Section 15 - Descending Blues Scale Run

It's time to spend some time with the b5. This lick features lots of legato with some strategically picked notes that give this descent a free flowing sound.

Length: 2:35 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 17

Section 16 - Pedal Tones and Pull-offs

It's time for some more pedal tones! By taking the same pull-off feel, but slowing it down and using the ‘B’ string as a pedal tone, we’re able to walk up to a higher register unison bend.

Length: 3:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 18

Section 17 - Sleepy Octaves

The hook returns in plain form, this time in a quiet octave line. String muting is important here to generate the desired effect of sneaking around the guitar while tipping one's hat to the melody.

Length: 4:48 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 19

Section 18 - The Ultimate Blues Trill

Chris Liepe teaches an epic blues trill!

Length: 3:30 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 20

Section 19 - Play Like a Singer Sings #2

Chris teaches another passage that features of vocal-like guitar playing.

Length: 4:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 21

Section 20 - Slur the Notes

This section of the guitar solo is fast and features strategic use of slurs.

Length: 4:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 22

Section 21 - Call Again

We return to the opening melody once again. It’s like we’re coming home now. There are a few key variations from the original, but the point is to exit the guitar solo and bring in the song's end. It can’t go on forever, right?

Length: 4:41 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 23

Section 22 - Another Answer

You don’t have to bend up a perfect 4th this time, but you do have a few more notes to worry about. You also have the opportunity to mimic a slide guitar player after you hit the highest note of the lick.

Length: 4:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 24

Section 23 - Chokes and a Sneaky Chord

In this lick the choked notes return. We contrast them with dominant chord arpeggios played very quietly.

Length: 3:48 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 25

Section 24 - Repeating Open String Blues

This lick features bends, open strings, and a lot of pull-offs. This revolving line draws from Jimmy Page influences and is the perfect highlight to transition to the final chords of the song.

Length: 3:26 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 26

Section 25 - The Final Chords

Chris teaches the final section of the "Jekyll and Hide Blues."

Length: 2:49 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
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