"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.
Taught by Will Ripley in Building the Blues seriesLength: 8:52Difficulty: 3.0 of 5
In this lesson, Will shares some tips and advice that helped him to unlock the expressive side of blues soloing. There are several methods that Will recommends you try for yourself in order to progress in this area of guitar playing. Here is a summary of the topics discussed in the video:-Improvisation Improvisation is the end goal that we are trying to reach. Being able to make up musical solo lines that make sense on the spot, is what we are striving for. The methods listed below will certainly help get you there. -Rhythmic Feel Will explains that your internal feel of rhythm is the key to ‘feeling’ the blues. Brushing up on your chord knowledge, and making sure you have a solid foundation as a rhythm guitar player, is a super fundamental part in developing your inner groove. Also, understanding chord harmony is key to soloing over it effectively. -Learning Solos and Licks Note For Note The next topic Will gets into is learning lead lines note for note, also known as transcribing. He stresses the importance of spending time on your own, learning your favorite solos, preferably by ear. There are programs you can use to slow down your songs of choice, which is super helpful in the transcribing process. -Transpose Learned Licks to Other Keys and Tempos The last main topic covered is moving your learned licks, once you’ve transcribed them in their original position, to other areas of the neck. Also, don't forget to try them at different tempos and time feels. This is super helpful for strengthening your knowledge of the neck, as well as being able to turn these lines into something more original, which will help you develop your own voice on the instrument!
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.
Learn all about Will Ripley's new Blues course, Building the Blues.Length: 4:45 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Jump into the world of the Blues by learning some easy solo techniques. Get started with a bang!Length: 16:39 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
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: 11:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Learn how to read and use chords charts. This will help you learn songs even faster!Length: 7:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Learn essential riffs that can be used with the 12 bar blues. You'll be surprised how good you sound after learning these.Length: 8:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
We introduce more riffs to be played over the 12 bar blues. Learning these simple riffs will up your Blues game.Length: 12:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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: 14:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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: 12:30 Difficulty: 3.0 FREE
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: 9:58 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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: 12:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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 Members Only
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.Length: 9:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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: 5:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
Will Ripley talks about his philosophy and personal tricks for successfully ending a Blues song.Length: 8:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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: 17:22 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
Learn one of the best strength building exercises that Will demonstrates and explains in detail.Length: 7:49 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Bridge similarities between chording and soloing as Will teaches you some essential techniques for simple blues soloing.Length: 10:44 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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 BluesLength: 13:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Learn to break down the Rhythm of blues guitar to transition another rhythm sequence and understand how related Blues, Reggae, and Funk are.Length: 6:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
"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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
Solidify original concepts by navigating the fretboard in patterns to connect different Pentatonic Scales.Length: 11:49 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Will demonstrates a fun way to start practicing the Penatonic Scales and how to approach it from a different angle.Length: 12:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 noteLength: 7:59 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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: 10:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
Learn to create a blues melody and how to expand on it over a Rockabilly style track.Length: 14:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
Challenge your right and left hand with this epic riff to practice your blues Pentatonic abilities.Length: 8:32 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
Learn the essential building blocks to know how modes fit into Blues style guitar playing.Length: 7:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Develop your internal pitch with Will while he explains the beginning steps for the Blues Slide Guitar.Length: 12:41 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
About Will Ripley View Full Biography
Will Ripley is a passionate guitarist who performs, teaches, and manages a successful music business. His wild stage presence and undeniable guitar skills transcend vibe and waveforms of the highest levels of energy.. His talents however, are directly related to years of staying “on the grind” and “paying his dues”. He has played with many bands, produced, composed and collaborated both solo and with top level musicians. He is a sought-after studio musician and works creatively with other musicians.
Coming from a blues and classic rock background, Ripley discovered 90?s rock in his late teens. Ripley’s style is unique. He’s been described as combining the blues guitar playing of Albert King and Jimi Hendrix with big riffs that are reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and Rage Against the Machine with the booty shaking rhythms of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and N.E.R.D. Ripley also has a soft place in his heart for pop music ranging from The Beatles to Stone Temple Pilots to Kelly Clarkson.
In addition to creation and production of music, Ripley teaches guitar using a method he developed through his education and over countless sessions with learners of all ages and levels. This led to the development of a successful series of recorded lessons called Guitar Goals available from his website. As the founder of the Will Ripley Guitar School he has begun expanding as a franchise into other cities which has 1 location currently – the Vancouver Guitar School. Students the world over can learn guitar using this effective, rewarding, and enjoyable style at their own pace – with epic results!
Ripley seeks participation in authentic, professional-level music, with like-minded, enthusiastic, high-achieving musicians. With dreams of creating legendary songs, Ripley is open to new band mates, songwriting partners, and recording opportunities.
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