Building the Blues

Will Ripley goes in depth on the basics of blues.

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Will Ripley goes in depth on the basics of blues and showing essential and universal chords that many blues players utilize.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Learn all about Will Ripley's new Blues course, Building the Blues.

Length: 4:45 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 2

Soloing Over Blues for Beginners

Jump into the world of the Blues by learning some easy solo techniques. Get started with a bang!

Length: 17:01 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 3

Understanding the 12 Bar Blues

The 12 bar blues is one of the cornerstones of the Blues genre. Will dissects it in this lesson so you will never feel confused again!

Length: 11:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 4

How to Read Chord Charts

Learn how to read and use chords charts. This will help you learn songs even faster!

Length: 7:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 5

12 Bars Blues Riffs Part 1

Learn essential riffs that can be used with the 12 bar blues. You'll be surprised how good you sound after learning these.

Length: 8:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 6

12 Bars Blues Riffs Part 2

We introduce more riffs to be played over the 12 bar blues. Learning these simple riffs will up your Blues game.

Length: 12:57 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 7

Open String Blues Techniques

One of the best ways to get a big, raw sound is to make use of open strings. Learn how to use this technique with the 12 bar blues, as well as some amazing variations.

Length: 14:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Applying the Open Strings

Now that you've learned how to use open strings in your playing, Will will go over how to apply and use them in real music. You'll also learn how to apply shuffles and a straight rhythm.

Length: 16:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 9

Riffing Up

It's time to learn the rest of the riffs from the track we've been working on. We will cover the shuffle riffs with and without the quick 4 and a straight rhythm riff. It's fun and sounds amazing!

Length: 16:41 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 10

Chuck Berry Chops Builder

Ready for a challenging yet fun blues workout? Enter the Chuck Berry Chops Builder. This routine will help you improve not only your Blues playing, but also help with your all-around guitar skills.

Length: 12:59 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 11

John Be Nice - Chuck Berry Style Track

It's time to incorporate everything we've learned so far into a fun, fast paced song. This time it's in the style of legend Chuck Berry.

Length: 12:45 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 12

The Open E Blues

Will rips into the key of E by teaching this open E riff. It's fun, sounds cool, makes use of open strings and introduces a classic-style turnaround.

Length: 9:58 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 13

Best Blues Turnarounds

Will Ripley explains and shows the best Blues turnarounds

Length: 9:12 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 14

Open String Shuffle

It's time to introduce a new song. It's soulful and fun, and includes open string riffs, a turnaround, the A7 and B7 chords and much more.

Length: 5:40 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 15

The Texas Shuffle

Will Ripley introduces "The Texas Shuffle," a common blues technique which Steve Ray Vaughan used in songs such as "Pride and Joy."

Length: 8:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 16

12 Bar Blues Expansion

It's time to use some of the most powerful Blues chords. In this lesson Will teaches an exercises that uses some of his favorite blues chords and fingerings.

Length: 13:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 17

Chords to Unlock the Blues Sound

Will introduces some of the most powerful blues chords, as well as introduces a really fun Blues tune which uses them.

Length: 13:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 18

How to End a Blues Song

Will Ripley talks about his philosophy and personal tricks for successfully ending a Blues song.

Length: 8:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 19

Spineless Blues

Will Ripley introduces a brand-new idea he calls a "spineless blues" progression. He is referring to a song that floats around between the major and minor key which gives it a unique, soulful sound.

Length: 14:22 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 20

Applying New Blues Chords 1

Will introduces an entirely new JamTrack and guides you through playing chords over it. Enhance your knowledge of chords and chord technique.

Length: 7:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 21

Thirds and Flat 7's

Have you ever wondered how to play two notes at the same time? Learn the technique and understand Thirds and Flat 7's in this lesson.

Length: 17:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 22

Sunny Monday

Discover a new Jam Track Will calls "Sunny Monday" which goes through the peaks and valleys of playing the Blues.

Length: 22:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 23

Applying New Blues Chords 2

What's the 1-6-2-5-1 ? Find out as Will shows you a mix and different styles, lead licks, chugging, melody and soloing.

Length: 10:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 24

Chug Rhythm

Learn one of the best strength building exercises that Will demonstrates and explains in detail.

Length: 7:49 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 25

Simple Blues Soloing

Bridge similarities between chording and soloing as Will teaches you some essential techniques for simple blues soloing.

Length: 10:44 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 26

Minor Blues

Will dissects "The thrill is gone", in the style of BB King and teaches us how integrate new chords, riffs, and other elements for the Minor Blues

Length: 13:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 27

Reggae Style Off Beat Rhythm

Learn to break down the Rhythm of blues guitar to transition another rhythm sequence and understand how related Blues, Reggae, and Funk are.

Length: 6:14 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 28

The Secret to Feeling the Blues

"The blues is easy to play, but it's hard to feel" - Jimi Hendrix - Will explains his secrets to feeling the blues in this indepth lesson.

Length: 8:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 29

Pentatonic and Blues Scales Part 1

Understand why scales are essential to playing awesome blues solo guitar and why it's important to learn all the scales in one key.

Length: 24:13 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 30

Pentatonic and Blues Scales Part 2

Learn how to play over a major or dominant based blues and to focus on 3 keys "E Minor, A Minor, B Minor".

Length: 14:51 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 31

Connecting the Pentatonic Scales

Solidify original concepts by navigating the fretboard in patterns to connect different Pentatonic Scales.

Length: 11:49 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 32

Applying and Memorizing the Scales

Will demonstrates a fun way to start practicing the Penatonic Scales and how to approach it from a different angle.

Length: 12:42 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 33

The Money Notes

What are the money notes? Will continues the theme of uncovering the best parts of performing pentatonic scales and how to make it sound rich.

Length: 11:35 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 34

Sweet Blues Vibrato

Understand the spectrum and importance of performing sweet blues vibrato. You will learn how to sustain, be consistent with the bending motion and tempo, and become very rhythmic with shaking the note

Length: 7:59 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 35

How to Bend Strings Properly

Will shows and tells us the key secret to performing bends by using more muscle, adding vibrato, and using your own creativity.

Length: 12:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 36

Easy Blues Solo for Beginners

Learn the essential techniques for blues soloing such as, bending the change pitch of the note, following the chord changes, making sure you don't over play and much more!

Length: 10:56 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 37

The B.B. and Albert Box

Discover the BB Box/ Albert Box technique that uncovers a zone on the fretboard for you to utilize for maximum effect.

Length: 10:09 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 38

Smoke and Grease Licks

Will introduces us to the "Smoke and Grease" lick that emcompasses combinations of major, minor and blues note, and navigating through the fretboard.

Length: 9:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 39

Smoke and Grease

Tackle and resolve the "Smoke and Grease" blues riff that focuses on the 1-4-5 pattern while adding intensity to your down and up strokes.

Length: 16:32 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 40

Licks Over Jump Blues

Learn to create a blues melody and how to expand on it over a Rockabilly style track.

Length: 14:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 41

The Starter Lick

Will teaches a universal and common blues lick that has been played by all the legends. It's a great launching pad for other blues licks as well.

Length: 5:45 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 42

Blues Pentatonic Workout

Challenge your right and left hand with this epic riff to practice your blues Pentatonic abilities.

Length: 8:32 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 43

Guitar Pick vs. Fingers

What's the difference between using the guitar pick, versus using your fingers? Find out the secrets in this lesson by understanding the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Length: 6:38 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 44

How to Strike the Notes for Blues Fury

Learn to strike strings with speed, power, and control to get the intensity necessary for the fury of the Blues.

Length: 5:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 45

Call and Response

Will explains and shows us the importance of using space, playing tastefully, and understanding the history of an important technique, "Call and Response."

Length: 5:17 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 46

How Modes Fit Into the Blues

Learn the essential building blocks to know how modes fit into Blues style guitar playing.

Length: 7:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 47

Intro to Blues Slide Guitar

Develop your internal pitch with Will while he explains the beginning steps for the Blues Slide Guitar.

Length: 12:41 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 48

Open D Slide Guitar Song

Unlock the secrets to Open D Slide Guitar with Will as he shows you how powerful of a tool slide guitar can be.

Length: 8:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 49

How to Craft a Great Blues Solo

Every Blues solo tells a story. Ripley demonstrates how to approach a blues solo by using different themes, feelings, and techniques.

Length: 8:30 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 50

Blues Gear, Blues Tone

Need Blues Gear recommendations? Look no further! Will goes over different picks, strings, guitars, amps and other pieces of equipment you might need for getting the best Blues Tone.

Length: 9:27 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
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