Originally from New York City where he started his career playing in the clubs and studying with the likes of Jorma Kaukonen and Stefan Grossman to the San Francisco Bay area where he continued to hone his skills as both a bandleader and solo artist.
Mike Tolle is a guitarist and vocalist who brings a unique modern interpretation to to the Acoustic Folk genre. Whether performing turn of the century (the 19th that is) blues to 60s’ folk to an occasional contemporary fingers... (more)
Mike currently offers 21 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 21 intermediate lessons.
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Twenty fingerstyle blues licks that you can you can use to begin, end, and transition in your twelve bar blues playing. Enjoy these timeless masterpieces.
Mike let's you know what Intros Outros and Turnarounds is about, what you need to know going in, and what you can expect to learn.
This turnaround in the style of Jimmy Reed will take your 12 bar blues in E to new heights.
Use this turnaround in the style of Big Bill Broonzy to take you through the last few bars of your E blues playing in style.
This Skip James inspired lick with turn your E blues around in style!
I would not feel so all alone if you would learn this Bob Dylan inspired lick to use in your next E blues jam.
How big is Bill? So big he needs another E turnaround to do his bigness justice. Try this one on for size!
This lick owes something to both Blind Blake and Scrapper Blackwell. Use it to finish your song with style!
This turnaround is sure to keep your 12 bar blues in A coming back for more.
Yet another A turnaround lick to make your blues move.
There is a lot of Scrapper Blackwell in this A intro, and that's a good thing! Get this lick under your fingers and find out for yourself.
Scrapper Blackwell and Big Bill Brunsey left their mark on this lick for all of your 12 bar A blues guitar playing intro needs.
Robert Johnson sure knew how to finish a song in style, and now you will too, thanks to this outro in A!
Can you hear the gospel roots in the Robert Johnson - inspired lick? Get it under your fingers and find out!
There is a bit of Bill Broonzy, Scrapper Blackwell, and Robert Johnson in this walkdown. Learn it, and your A blues chops will thank you.
Freddie Kind would have a lot to say about this ending for your E blues.
Turn your blues around like Robert Johnson when you learn this lick in A.
End your A blues with this great lick in the style of Lonny Johnson & Scrapper Blackwell.
Robert Johnson's influence can be heard in this A key blues outro.
This A key outro uses double stops (two notes at a time) to put some zing in your blues endings.
This turnaround takes its inspiration from the Pedmont blues of Reverend Gary Davis.
Turn your blues around Blind Blake style with this last oldtime lick that walks around the neck in the key of G.