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Full Song Demonstration

Chris Liepe demonstrates the entire song from start to finish. This will help you master the phrasing of the individual licks.

Taught by Chris Liepe in The Bitter Blues seriesLength: 6:40Difficulty: 3.5 of 5

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LetsfunLetsfun replied

Sounds great! Chris, you are awesome! Im from Russia, and same word's of english i cant understand / translate. Do you add lyric text this amazing song?) I get wow effect from you, Chris, and i'am glad what i can be here!(sorry for my english)

benjamplaybenjamplay replied

chris wow you did great job. I'm learning alot from this , thank you .

GsusLovesYouGsusLovesYou replied

I didn't expect him to sing... and holy crap... can Chris sing....... WHAT A BADASS!

GsusLovesYouGsusLovesYou replied

I didn't expect him to sing... and holy crap... can Chris sing....... WHAT A BADASS!

GsusLovesYouGsusLovesYou replied

I didn't expect him to sing... and holy crap... can Chris sing....... WHAT A BADASS!

GsusLovesYouGsusLovesYou replied

I didn't expect him to sing... and holy crap... can Chris sing....... WHAT A BADASS!

Rob_MIRob_MI replied

Wow Chris is a great singer!!! as well as guitarist :)

Julius KJulius K replied

All i can say is wow!!! Nicely done. if only i could play and sing like that. This is a great chanllange to try and play. If only i could. B

LumppdavLumppdav replied

I really dig this song Chris! Its the first series I'm learning from on Jam Play. Great work.

Pick-AxPick-Ax replied

Talented, dude.

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied

I think i might can do this, but might take some time...

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied

Well done Chris!

samuelparksamuelpark replied

I love learning from this series. In a sort of zen way, learning to play these more "slow" licks helps with speed playing too, because it really focuses on helping your phrasing, and I love that its a full song rather than a collection of licks, because it helps you approach each lick with context. I'm learning alot from this, keep them coming!

Christopher ComellaChristopher Comella replied

Nice one, Chris. Question: Tone: Can you give us your 11R recipe? Thanks :)

pianiistpianiist replied

Chris, that was AWESOME!!

stewbacastewbaca replied

Chris, how would you approach learning belting vocals like this if you are an amateur singer?

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied

the first step, believe it or not, is to get really comfortable with your falsetto. Develop that and try to sing as accurately with it as you can. The second step is to practice blending your 'break' between your chest and your head voices. This is done by regulating the air flow from your gut.

terrybaileyterrybailey replied

Hey Chris, you did a great job with these lessons. Thanks so much. Terry

stewbacastewbaca replied

chris or anybody else. could you suggest some bands or album that are similar to this style of song? i would also recommend anyone to check out the song mistreated by deep purple.

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied

His song is actually intentionally very similar to led zeppelins "since I've been loving you"

pdmoneypdmoney replied

was thinking that...it's quite good!

billfreshbillfresh replied

kinda of a bonamassa mixed with a little tommy shaw sound

billfreshbillfresh replied

nice vocals chris. very nice

buddy dbuddy d replied

This song totally reminds me of Joe Bonamassa! Even your tone! Great lesson set ahead!

foxboyfoxboy replied

great singing, too :) enjoyed it!

foxboyfoxboy replied

actually got goosebumps :)

marcelo1307marcelo1307 replied

Great, man!! Such a pleasure to hear this song. Hopefully I can "steal" some of your ideas with the lessons.

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied

Thanks! We had a lot of fun with this so I hope you all enjoy it!

Manzo 99Manzo 99 replied

awesome chris ;p please do some more rock and maybe some country series of these

The Bitter Blues

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Blues is easy to play, but hard to master. Chris Liepe's mission in the Bitter Blues, is to make you a master.

Introduction to the Bitter BluesLesson 1

Introduction to the Bitter Blues

Chris Liepe introduces "The Bitter Blues," a unique blues composition inspired by Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Page. In this intro segment, Chris talks about how the song will be taught.

Length: 4:45 Difficulty: 2.5 FREE
Full Song DemonstrationLesson 2

Full Song Demonstration

Chris Liepe demonstrates the entire song from start to finish. This will help you master the phrasing of the individual licks.

Length: 6:40 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lick 1 : The First TearLesson 3

Lick 1 : The First Tear

From the first note and the first bend, the mournful whisper of the guitar sets the stage for the tumultuous conversation between voice and strings. Bend slowly.

Length: 2:29 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 2 : Drag Your FeetLesson 4

Lick 2 : Drag Your Feet

You’re holding back. You know what you want to say but you’re tiptoeing around it. Finally, the definitive resolve comes at end of the sentence. Play it like you’d speak it.

Length: 2:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 3 : Speak SlowlyLesson 5

Lick 3 : Speak Slowly

There is much more resolve in this statement. What might the guitar be saying now? From the pregnant pause in the middle, to the reaching, slow-to-arrive bend, there’s a lot of phrasing to study here.

Length: 3:30 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 4 : Speak FirmlyLesson 6

Lick 4 : Speak Firmly

The frustration comes out in this lick! After a few phrases that tread lightly, this statement is just put out there. Strike that double stop! Lash out a bit with your playing.

Length: 2:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lick 5 : An Early ApologyLesson 7

Lick 5 : An Early Apology

Perhaps too much was said in the last lick...and a bit too forcefully at that. How about this soothing minor chord and some soft whining bends as an attempt to make amends? Get your pick hand fingers involved...

Length: 3:20 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 6 : I Meant That!Lesson 8

Lick 6 : I Meant That!

It’s hard to hide true feelings. Opening up for the first time can be messy. Think less about the tempo and more about the ending notes for each phrase in this passage, particularly the last bend. Get...

Length: 4:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 7 - The List of Hurtful ThingsLesson 9

Lick 7 - The List of Hurtful Things

With each held note, it's as if there are offenses being moaned out. Give it all you’ve got here without getting ahead of yourself. Play slowly and fiercely.

Length: 4:30 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 8 - A Calculated TransitionLesson 10

Lick 8 - A Calculated Transition

Finish the rant and say all the words you feel you need to before taking some time to listen and react. This first guitar solo has come to an end, and now it's time to connect with the vocalist. Practice...

Length: 5:46 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 9 - Affirming the Listening EarLesson 11

Lick 9 - Affirming the Listening Ear

You’re not restating anything yet, just making it clear that you’re now here to listen. Fill the hole quietly and retreat.

Length: 2:45 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 10 - Uh HuhLesson 12

Lick 10 - Uh Huh

You’re about to get an earful of notes, so brace yourself and keep it brief. Just let it be known that you’re still tracking. Control and precision with harmonics and bar bending are needed.

Length: 7:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lick 11 - On the Same PageLesson 13

Lick 11 - On the Same Page

Follow every nuance of the voice as closely as you can. Match the pitch, the inflection, the pitch bend, and the dynamics. One of the best ways to learn phrasing is to practice copying other instruments.

Length: 4:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 12 - The Role of AccompanyingLesson 14

Lick 12 - The Role of Accompanying

In this guitar/vocal duet, you must make direct statements, and you must learn to dance while partially being in the background as an accompanist. This is the first of many opportunities to do just that....

Length: 3:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 13 - On the DefensiveLesson 15

Lick 13 - On the Defensive

Now you’re being lashed out at. Loud inquisitions are being blasted at you. You’ll react strongly at first and then calmly as if to say that you don’t really need to defend yourself after all. Instead,...

Length: 2:39 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lick 14 - The Shouting MatchLesson 16

Lick 14 - The Shouting Match

This is another opportunity to copy the phrasing of the vocalist. This time, you get to do it while shouting instead of talking under your breath. Study the nuances of the voice!

Length: 4:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 15 - Are We Really Listening?Lesson 17

Lick 15 - Are We Really Listening?

The flurry of notes seems to suggest that hands are being thrown up and walls are being built at this point in the argument. Don’t let the need for subtle speed take away from the following accompanist...

Length: 4:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 16 - Fall BackLesson 18

Lick 16 - Fall Back

You’re still here, but you're licking some wounds and finding comfort and camaraderie in the rhythm section. It's time to play some arpeggiated chords and fill holes in a very subtle way.

Length: 4:14 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 17 -  Pacing Back and ForthLesson 19

Lick 17 - Pacing Back and Forth

The rhythm playing and intensity grows and the unsettling octave line paints a picture of someone pacing back and forth as guilt trip from the vocals continues. Listen to your band! They are your support...

Length: 2:45 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 18 - Now It's Your TurnLesson 20

Lick 18 - Now It's Your Turn

You’ve heard the singer’s side, had a little time to form your thoughts, and now it’s your turn to lay it all out. You start slowly and gracefully while paying attention to every statement you make....

Length: 4:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 19 - New ThoughtsLesson 21

Lick 19 - New Thoughts

You offer a new angle and a new thought. Many times in arguments we end up going around in circles unless new ideas are brought to the forefront. How about a little harmonic minor?

Length: 2:45 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 20 - A Long NightLesson 22

Lick 20 - A Long Night

There’s a lot that could be said, but choosing your words carefully is more important than simply speaking your mind. The more care you put into your words, the more likely you are to be heard.

Length: 3:16 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lick 21 - There Still FeelingsLesson 23

Lick 21 - There Still Feelings

As if to reach out for affection, you cry out repeatedly to make sure you are understood. Make those high notes weep! Demand a strong reaction!

Length: 4:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 22 - Say What You MeanLesson 24

Lick 22 - Say What You Mean

This could be a flurry of frustration, a jumbled thought in the midst of what you thought was clarity or just a passionate phrase describing your feelings in the most intense way you know how. Precision...

Length: 3:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 23 - Reveal YourselfLesson 25

Lick 23 - Reveal Yourself

These are the boldest and most soaring notes to be played yet! It’s as if you are saying how you REALLY feel and showing your true colors in this mess of an ordeal. Let It Sing!

Length: 3:10 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 24 - Don't Back DownLesson 26

Lick 24 - Don't Back Down

As emotions run high and the anticipation of some sort of true resolution is almost too much to take, you need to keep the tension and wait to see some more effort from the other side. This passage is...

Length: 4:55 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 25 - Just You and MeLesson 27

Lick 25 - Just You and Me

The back and forth continues, but this time it’s without the band. It seems that there really are some deep roots in this relationship. There’s screaming and there’s whispering. Make sure the difference...

Length: 3:58 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 26 - We Are OneLesson 28

Lick 26 - We Are One

Be one with the vocalist one last time. Translate the brokenness in the vocal sound into intentionally messy unison bends. Match the vocal timing exactly.

Length: 3:23 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 27 - We're Both Steaming NowLesson 29

Lick 27 - We're Both Steaming Now

You're accompanying now, but you are not backing down. You’re fuming. Your energy is almost too much to contain, yet you translate that to the guitar by playing aggressive, in-the-pocket chords!

Length: 4:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 28 - Pretty and UglyLesson 30

Lick 28 - Pretty and Ugly

The dissonance with the band and the vocalist seems to suggest that the situation may be falling apart. Now the relationships with others could suffer too. Playing the established and familiar hooks over...

Length: 3:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 29 -  I’m Not Finished YetLesson 31

Lick 29 - I’m Not Finished Yet

You’re both left panting. You’re partially gasping for air and partially grasping for one another. This final run sets up the last attempt to bring closure to this melancholy musical exchange between...

Length: 4:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lick 30 - One Last Attempt Lesson 32

Lick 30 - One Last Attempt

You get one last chance to soar, but you don’t get the final words. Many times, how you choose to end things is the most important part of something that was meant to be beautiful.

Length: 4:14 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Chris Liepe

About Chris Liepe View Full Biography Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.

Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.

Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.

Wanting to get back to his favorite State in the world (Colorado) and feeling the urge to 'go freelance', Chris moved to Greeley, CO and opened his own recording and teaching studio. He continues to write and produce music for artists and agencies and is happy to be among the proud JamPlay.com instructors.

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