Learn the core concepts necessary to truly play the blues. Master the 12 bar form, learn timeless blues licks, develop an understanding of blues lead playing and so much more.
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Dig into the blues like never before. Starting at the beginning, Will Ripley will introduce the blues and dissect the 12 bar blues and talk about the blues shuffle. From there, he will delve into classic riffs and lines from the blues greats, and will round out the course with advanced rhythms and instruction on how to properly solo.Begin the Course
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Jump into the world of the Blues by learning some easy solo techniques. Get started with a bang!
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!
Learn how to read and use chords charts. This will help you learn songs even faster!
Learn essential riffs that can be used with the 12 bar blues. You'll be surprised how good you sound after learning these.
We introduce more riffs to be played over the 12 bar blues. Learning these simple riffs will up your Blues game.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Will Ripley shows off a few of his all-time favorite blues turnaround. Discover not only how to play them, but also how and when to use them.
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.
Will Ripley introduces "The Texas Shuffle," a common blues technique which Steve Ray Vaughan used in songs such as "Pride and Joy."
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.
Will introduces some of the most powerful blues chords, as well as introduces a really fun Blues tune which uses them.
Will Ripley talks about his philosophy and personal tricks for successfully ending a Blues song.
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.
Will introduces an entirely new JamTrack and guides you through playing chords over it. Enhance your knowledge of chords and chord technique.
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.
Discover a new Jam Track Will calls "Sunny Monday" which goes through the peaks and valleys of playing the Blues.
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.
Learn one of the best strength building exercises that Will demonstrates and explains in detail.
Bridge similarities between chording and soloing as Will teaches you some essential techniques for simple blues soloing.
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
Learn to break down the Rhythm of blues guitar to transition another rhythm sequence and understand how related Blues, Reggae, and Funk are.
"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.
Understand why scales are essential to playing awesome blues solo guitar and why it's important to learn all the scales in one key.
Learn how to play over a major or dominant based blues and to focus on 3 keys "E Minor, A Minor, B Minor".
Solidify original concepts by navigating the fretboard in patterns to connect different Pentatonic Scales.
Will demonstrates a fun way to start practicing the Penatonic Scales and how to approach it from a different angle.
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.
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
Will shows and tells us the key secret to performing bends by using more muscle, adding vibrato, and using your own creativity.
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!
Discover the BB Box/ Albert Box technique that uncovers a zone on the fretboard for you to utilize for maximum effect.
Will introduces us to the "Smoke and Grease" lick that emcompasses combinations of major, minor and blues note, and navigating through the fretboard.
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.
Learn to create a blues melody and how to expand on it over a Rockabilly style track.
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.
Challenge your right and left hand with this epic riff to practice your blues Pentatonic abilities.
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.
Learn to strike strings with speed, power, and control to get the intensity necessary for the fury of the Blues.
Will explains and shows us the importance of using space, playing tastefully, and understanding the history of an important technique, "Call and Response."
Learn the essential building blocks to know how modes fit into Blues style guitar playing.
Develop your internal pitch with Will while he explains the beginning steps for the Blues Slide Guitar.
Unlock the secrets to Open D Slide Guitar with Will as he shows you how powerful of a tool slide guitar can be.
Every Blues solo tells a story. Ripley demonstrates how to approach a blues solo by using different themes, feelings, and techniques.
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.
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Great lesson..Thank you!!!
great teacher,great player
He conveyed so much in such a short time and gave us what we always need... a way to find the key!
I am a long time intermediate player who needs an instructor to get to the next level. Hoping to do it with Will.
Simple breakdown with enough to build on alone
Will is awesome. Great teacher.