Blowing Up the Blues: Series Introduction (Guitar Lesson)

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Blowing Up the Blues: Series Introduction

Been playing the standard 12 bar blues and looking to add some flare? Look no further than Jeff Kollmann's series, "Blowing Up the Blues!" In this series, Jeff dissects the basic tenets of the blues and expands on them through use of genre bending and theoretical concepts.

Taught by Jeff Kollman in Blowing Up the Blues seriesLength: 2:37Difficulty: 0.0 of 5

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Blowing Up the Blues

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Jeff Kollman Blows Up the Blues in this new series centered around learning different blues styles and the style of the blues greats that created them. In this series you'll learn different techniques used in blues playing and how they channel the sound and style of prolific blues players.

Blowing Up the Blues: Series IntroductionLesson 1

Blowing Up the Blues: Series Introduction

Been playing the standard 12 bar blues and looking to add some flare? Look no further than Jeff Kollman's series, "Blowing Up the Blues!" In this series, Jeff dissects the basic tenets of the blues and...

Length: 2:37 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Swinging with the MetronomeLesson 2

Swinging with the Metronome

A crucial component to blues playing is to be able to do so in time. To get started in your blues journey, Jeff discusses the importance of the metronome and also demonstrates how to swing your playing...

Length: 9:25 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
12 Bar Blues ShuffleLesson 3

12 Bar Blues Shuffle

In lesson 3, Jeff discusses the 12 bar blues shuffle. He Gets to the heard of what this form of blues is and discusses the feeling necessary in the style.

Length: 8:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Riffs, Licks and AccentsLesson 4

Riffs, Licks and Accents

Jeff discusses warm-ups and just being in the moment with your playing. He discusses riffs, licks and accents that you can achieve on a moments notice to help you break out of typical blues molds.

Length: 7:45 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
6 Positions of the Minor Pentatonic ScaleLesson 5

6 Positions of the Minor Pentatonic Scale

In this lesson Jeff discusses the minor pentatonic scale and demonstrates how to use it in six positions.

Length: 14:49 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Phrase ImitationLesson 6

Phrase Imitation

In lesson six, Jeff brings up the term "Phrase Imitation." He discusses how learning and imitating popular phrases can influence your own blues playing.

Length: 9:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Minor Scales and Guide TonesLesson 7

Minor Scales and Guide Tones

It's now time to take a look at the traditional minor scales. Jeff discusses guides tones that can help you maneuver within and out of this scale type.

Length: 10:57 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Minor vs. DorianLesson 8

Minor vs. Dorian

Now that you're familiar with how the minor scale is functioning in a blues context, Jeff discusses it's differences and similarities to the Dorian scale.

Length: 8:45 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Comping Rhythm Over a ShuffleLesson 9

Comping Rhythm Over a Shuffle

In lesson 9, Jeff Kollman discusses how to to play differing rhythms over a blues shuffle.

Length: 10:33 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Mixolydian with the BluesLesson 10

Mixolydian with the Blues

You've discussed several different scales to use at this point in the series. In lesson 10, Jeff tackles the Mixolydian scale.

Length: 10:43 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Minor Pentatonic and the Half Step SlipLesson 11

Minor Pentatonic and the Half Step Slip

In this lesson Jeff discusses playing in a minor pentatonic sound, but slipping into the major 6th as a key modulation to major.

Length: 8:22 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Dominant PentatonicsLesson 12

Dominant Pentatonics

Lesson 12 is all about bringing dominant sounds to the pentatonic scale structure. By targeting the notes in dominant 7th chords, you really start to get outside of the traditional blues sound.

Length: 9:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Chords in the Pentatonic ScaleLesson 13

Chords in the Pentatonic Scale

In lesson 13 Jeff discusses chords found within the pentatonic scales and how they can be utilized in the blues style.

Length: 7:25 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Minor Blues AnalysisLesson 14

Minor Blues Analysis

Jeff Kollman plays over a minor blues and discusses his thought process to soloing over it.

Length: 7:40 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Jazz BluesLesson 15

Jazz Blues

Like the previous lesson, Jeff plays over a Jazz blues and discusses his thought process to soloing over it.

Length: 10:34 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Latin BluesLesson 16

Latin Blues

In lesson 16 Jeff plays over a Latin Blues loop and again discusses his thought process for soloing over it.

Length: 9:10 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Horizontal vs Vertical Soloing ApproachLesson 17

Horizontal vs Vertical Soloing Approach

In lesson 17 Jeff discusses soloing within vertical boxes as well as horizontally across the neck of the guitar.

Length: 10:12 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Blues in the Style of Jimmi HendrixLesson 18

Blues in the Style of Jimmi Hendrix

in lesson 18, Jeff takes some inspiration from Jimi Hendrix. Specifically he talks about the importance of rhythm to blues playing as well as the importance of phrasing.

Length: 9:33 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Major Blues SoloingLesson 19

Major Blues Soloing

Picking up from the previous lessons, Jeff discusses using different scales to solo over a major blues.

Length: 10:39 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Rock Rhythm with Three ChordsLesson 20

Rock Rhythm with Three Chords

Commenting on his recent theme of the importance of rhythm playing, Jeff offers up a lesson based on a rock groove and simple three chord progression.

Length: 11:03 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Voodoo Child?Lesson 21

Voodoo Child?

Jeff is continuing to take a look at the blues stylings of Jimi Hendrix and in this lesson discusses how he approached pentatonic soloing. He uses a track in the style of Voodoo Child as a vehicle to...

Length: 12:16 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Hybrid Picking and Double StopsLesson 22

Hybrid Picking and Double Stops

Jeff breaks out the telecaster and gives you a quick lesson on hybrid picking and double stops. He discusses the technique and provides insight into it's use in the Blues.

Length: 11:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Moody A Minor BluesLesson 23

Moody A Minor Blues

In lesson 23 Jeff takes a look at a non-standard Am blues progression. Played in 6/8 time, Jeff discusses soloing and rhythm in the style.

Length: 11:51 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Fleshing it OutLesson 24

Fleshing it Out

In lesson 24 of his series, Jeff discusses "playing with the flesh." What he's really talking about is playing with the flats of your fingers and without use of picks. It's all about round moody tone...

Length: 8:37 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Channeling SRVLesson 25

Channeling SRV

In lesson 25 Jeff talks about a song he wrote in the style of SRV that utilizes the "skank guitar" rhythm technique. This provides a noticeable percussive element backing up the basic rhythm.

Length: 9:55 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lydian Dominant in the BluesLesson 26

Lydian Dominant in the Blues

In lesson 26, Jeff discusses the Lydian dominant scale and it's uses in the blues.

Length: 12:23 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Playing Outside Over One ChordLesson 27

Playing Outside Over One Chord

Kollman demonstrates playing outside over one chord while focusing on E and playing Lydian dominate.

Length: 9:34 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Half Whole Diminished and the Funky BluesLesson 28

Half Whole Diminished and the Funky Blues

Kollman demonstrates how to play half whole diminished and the funky blues

Length: 14:14 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Chromaticism and Neighboring TonesLesson 29

Chromaticism and Neighboring Tones

Jeff demonstrates the importance and technique of chromaticism and neighboring tones

Length: 13:01 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Tritone Substitution Lesson 30

Tritone Substitution

Kollman demonstrates examples of Tritone Substitution in the Blues.

Length: 11:10 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Putting it All TogetherLesson 31

Putting it All Together

Kollman concludes on his series and explains how to put everything he has taught in practice.

Length: 13:53 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Jeff Kollman

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Jeff Kollman is an American guitarist, best known for his powerful melodic electric guitar playing, fusing elements of jazz harmony into his hybrid melodic hard rock / funk style.

Kollman is also the owner of Marmaduke Records. Jeff has 18 releases on the label. Kollman's other groups include Cosmosquad, The Bombastic Meatbats Mogg/Way, JKB (Jeff Kollman Band), The Sign Of 4, and Edwin Dare.

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