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Kenny Ray has 71 guitar lessons and videos at JamPlay, with 64 intermediate lessons, 6 lessons in our Artist Series and 1 Lick & Riff Library entry. Use the tabs below to learn more.

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Kenny "Blue" Ray will guide you through the world of electric blues. He will cover styles of many of the blues greats as well as throw in his personal library of knowledge.

Lesson 1

1st and 2nd Scales

Ladies and gentlemen, JamPlay is proud to present an amazing electric blues player appropriately...

Length: 11:43
Lesson 2

3rd Scale Tips and Albert...

Kenny brings forth the next step in electric blues. Here he demonstrates the 3rd scale...

Length: 17:12
Lesson 3

Style of Albert Collins

Albert Collins brought a lot of style to the blues scene. In this lesson, Kenny breaks...

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Lesson 4

Bending and Soloing...

Kenny uses the key of A to demonstrate bending techniques and soloing options in the Texas...

Length: 16:11
Lesson 5

Working On Turnarounds

Kenny brings us some great information regarding turnarounds. He demonstrates some of...

Length: 12:48
Lesson 6

Style of T-Bone Walker

Kenny is back in full stride in lesson 6. Kenny explores the style of T-Bone Walker and...

Length: 12:48
Lesson 7

Rhythm and Lead Together

Kenny shares some great tips on how to incorporate both rhythm and lead guitar together...

Length: 19:49
Lesson 8

Tension Notes and Some...

Kenny enlightens us as to how tension notes are used in blues. He demonstrates the theory...

Length: 6:01
Lesson 9

Style of Hubert Sumlin

Here, Kenny "Blue" Ray provides an overview of Hubert Sumlin's style. This is a lesson...

Length: 16:48
Lesson 10

Style of John Lee Hooker

Kenny continues his Blues Guitar Series with a lesson on the style of John Lee Hooker.

Length: 14:26
Lesson 11

Style of Freddy King

Kenny introduces JamPlay to the style of Freddy King. Kenny recalls some great licks and...

Length: 13:07
Lesson 12

Style of Magic Sam

Kenny continues his blues series with an informative lesson on the style of Magic Sam....

Length: 9:58
Lesson 13

Blues Based Rhythms

Kenny breaks into a world of blues based rhythms. Here, he introduces his passion for...

Length: 13:59
Lesson 14

T-Bone Walker Rhythm...

Kenny quickly dives straight into a T-Bone Walker rhythm style in the key of A. He begins...

Length: 10:00
Lesson 15

Backward Shuffle Rhythm

Also known as the flat tire rhythm, Kenny demonstrates different styles that the backward...

Length: 6:32
Lesson 16

Kenny on Robert Jr....

Kenny "Blue" Ray breaks down the rhythmic styles of Robert Jr. Lockwood and Robert Johnson....

Length: 12:27
Lesson 17

Great Blues Arrangement

Kenny reviews one of his own favorite rhythmic arrangements. By pulling from influences...

Length: 6:25
Lesson 18

8 Bar Blues

Kenny plays through a sample of the 8 bar blues. This is a short and sweet lesson packed...

Length: 4:41
Lesson 19

Blues 7th / Jimi Hendrix...

Kenny adds some 7th chords into the mix along with classic Jimi Hendrix style chords....

Length: 13:36
Lesson 20

13th Chords / Shaking...

Kenny expands on the previous lesson and introduces 13th chords. He demonstrates the techniques...

Length: 11:43
Lesson 21

"Lumpty" Box Patterns

The "Lumpty" is essentially a bass line played within a simple box pattern. Kenny demonstrates...

Length: 11:04
Lesson 22

"Boogaloo" Style Rhythm

Derived from the Latin genre, the Boogaloo is a unique rhythm that fits surprisingly well...

Length: 7:08
Lesson 23

KBR on Slim Harpo

Kenny breaks down the style of Slim Harpo. He introduces the sounds that made Slim famous...

Length: 10:12
Lesson 24

Bass Runs

When playing with another guitarist, bass runs can be used to round out the overall arrangement...

Length: 15:59
Lesson 25

Working with Other Guitarists

Jam session? Live gig? There are many situations one may encounter that will require playing...

Length: 5:59
Lesson 26

Two Note Chords / Hubert...

In lesson 26, Kenny introduces simple two note chords. This lesson also details the rhythmic...

Length: 11:17
Lesson 27

Rhythm Style of Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley was known as "The Originator" because of his transition from blues to rock...

Length: 6:38
Lesson 28

Backing up a Harmonica...

Harmonica players are a staple of blues music. Why not pick up some tips and tricks and...

Length: 8:41
Lesson 29

Soul, R&B, and 60's...

Kenny indulges in a lesson packed with soul sounds and sounds of 60's. Hope you packed...

Length: 8:54
Lesson 30

Buddy Guy Solo and Leads

Welcome to Kenny's 30th lesson! To celebrate, Kenny has decided to demonstrate Buddy Guy's...

Length: 17:44
Lesson 31

Style of Stevie Ray...

Kenny grabs his guitar and digs deep into the style of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Here, Kenny...

Length: 17:09
Lesson 32

Letting Notes Breathe

Kenny takes a deep breath in Lesson 32 of his blues series. Here he demonstrates the importance...

Length: 8:00
Lesson 33

Ending of the Song

KBR takes us to the light at the end of the tunnel. You can write a killer song, but it's...

Length: 9:57
Lesson 34

More Rhythm Techniques

Kenny demonstrates more blues style rhythm techniques. He uses some examples from other...

Length: 11:25
Lesson 35

Muddy Waters Birthday...

We had the pleasure of filming Kenny on the same day as Muddy Waters birthday, April 4th....

Length: 17:32
Lesson 36

Howlin' Wolf

Kenny breaks down the rhythmic style of Howlin' Wolf and demonstrates how a little style...

Length: 13:25
Lesson 37

Starting on the 5

There are plenty of different ways to start a blues song. Kenny covers some ideas that...

Length: 15:18
Lesson 38

John Lee Hooker

Kenny draws heavily from the influence of the great John Lee Hooker and has even had the...

Length: 16:45
Lesson 39

Modern Rhythms

Kenny presents some modern rhythm techniques and patterns while utilizing 9th chords.

Length: 16:31
Lesson 40

8 & 12 Bar Progressions

Welcome to Kenny's 40th lesson! In this lesson, Kenny covers some unique 8 and 12 bar...

Length: 12:57
Lesson 41

2 Note Chords

Time to play around with two note double stops! Kenny demonstrates many different examples...

Length: 15:34
Lesson 42

Magic Sam

Kenny covers the style of one of his long time guitar heroes, Magic Sam.

Length: 12:02
Lesson 43

Lead Blues Guitar

Kenny dives into some great blues lead guitar concepts in "positions" 1 and 2.

Length: 21:29
Lesson 44

Position 3 Soloing

Kenny continues his blues lead ideas by covering the 3rd "position." Kenny also touches...

Length: 13:16
Lesson 45

Bending Strings

Kenny "Blue" Ray breaks down proper string bending technique. He also demonstrates how...

Length: 14:09
Lesson 46

Albert King

Kenny takes an in depth look at the style of Albert King, one of his favorite artists.

Length: 12:19
Lesson 47

5 Notes

Kenny explains how to get maximum mileage out of the 5 notes of the major pentatonic scale.

Length: 9:06
Lesson 48

Rhythm & Lead Combination

Kenny breaks down some ways to combine both rhythm and lead playing to develop more of...

Length: 15:50
Lesson 49

For Stevie & Jimi

Kenny teaches a song he wrote inspired by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. This is...

Length: 11:47
Lesson 50

Rock & Roll Styling

Kenny demonstrates some classic rock & roll rhythm and lead ideas.

Length: 11:10
Lesson 51

Pull The Strings

Kenny demonstrates another original song called "Pull The Strings."

Length: 14:05
Lesson 52

Open Tunings

Kenny opens up the world of open tunings and how they can be applied in the blues genre.

Length: 12:19
Lesson 53

Blues for Jimi

Learn Kenny's original song "Blues for Jimi." Kenny wrote this song with Jimi Hendrix...

Length: 10:07
Lesson 54

Playing in E

Kenny introduces several blues ideas that can be used in the key of E.

Length: 12:34
Lesson 55


While staying in the key of E, Kenny demonstrates some Mississippi and Chicago style blues...

Length: 19:14
Lesson 56

Tasteful Ideas for Minor...

Kenny dives into minor scales and will demonstrate how to spice up you blues ideas when...

Length: 13:09
Lesson 57

Slim Harpo: The Use...

With the help of influences from Slim Harpo, Kenny demonstrates some double stops that...

Length: 16:18
Lesson 58

Building Knowledge (Key...

In lesson 58, Kenny provides additional information pertaining to the key of D major....

Length: 20:16
Lesson 59

12 Bar Blues: The Quick...

Kenny explains how the "Quick IV," also called "The Quick Change," fits into the standard...

Length: 19:25
Lesson 60

Guitar Building Recommendations

Kenny takes a step back and breaks down how he has built his guitar, and offers insight...

Length: 6:35
Lesson 61

Soloing Tips: Changing...

Moving to different positions on the neck during a solo can be a bit tricky. Kenny provides...

Length: 16:15
Lesson 62

Rake Technique

This lesson provides insight on how to apply the rake picking technique within the blues...

Length: 9:54
Lesson 63

Soul & Funk Blues Guitar

Kenny presents some tasteful ideas on how to apply 60's soul and funk guitar inspirations...

Length: 12:19
Lesson 64

Adding Minor to the...

Kenny covers some basic blues progressions in the key of E major and demonstrates how...

Length: 7:17
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Kenny is a blues veteran of 40 years whose pedigree includes recording and appearing with artists the caliber of William Clarke, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Charlie Musselwhite, Smokey Wilson, Albert Collins, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Kenny is a blues veteran of 40 years whose pedigree includes recording and appearing with artists the caliber of William Clarke, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Charlie Musselwhite, Smokey Wilson, Albert Collins, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Kenny Ray was born in Lodi, California on January 11, 1950. His interest in music was forged by his father, who played guitar, harmonica, accordion, piano and fiddle. Seeing Elvis perform on the Ed Sullivan show in 1956 sealed Kenny's passion to play guitar. His father bought Kenny his first guitar in 1958 for $7.00, His dad later bought Kenny his first real Electric guitar, a 1959 black Danelectro for $38.50, In Stockton, California.

Kenny's obsession with the blues was triggered by the infamous Wolfman Jack, when as an eleven year old, Kenny would lie in bed listening to the radio to the sounds of Jimmy Reed B.B. King and Howlin' Wolf on XERB-FM, from Chula Vista, California, and was inspired by music that Kenny claims "just totally blew my mind." Seeing his hero, Keith Richards in 1964 in Sacramento, also was a big decision in going professional, The Guitars in the Stones say a lot, and work well together, ala Jimmy Reed/Eddie Taylor, & Robert Jr & Luther Tucker (a Friend Kenny met in 1976). Kenny and his guitarist friends would skip school to learn Albert King's album, "Born Under A Bad Sign" and B.B. King's live album, "Blues Is King" in the mid 60's developing licks and vibrato from the masters.

Serving in the Air Force from 1969-72, Kenny was based in South Ruislip, London, England, and worked in RAF Hillingdon) where he hooked up with ex-Jr. Walker band member Ferdnand Jones in a nine piece soul review called El Jade, where they covered Al Green, Aretha Franklin and "lots of blues."

On his return to the States, Kenny spent two years touring California with the Paul Herman Band. In 1975 he joined Little Charlie and the Nightcats, which at the time was fronted by Charlie Baty on guitar, harp and vocals. Rick Estrin joined the band in 1976, It was a great sound, but Charlie could play so much, Kenny wasn't needed in the Night Cats and not long after, Kenny left and moved to Los Angeles where he became a member of the houseband at Smokey Wilson's Pioneer club, backing artists like Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulson, and Big Mama Thornton.

The late 70's were a productive time for the blues in LA, and Kenny became immersed in the Watts scene and made his recording debut with William Clarke and Hollywood Fats ("Diggin' My Potatoes") and Finis Tasby (a set "Get drunk and be somebody" which remains unreleased) in 1978. William Clarke was a master on the blues harp, and it was a great experience with Bill.

In 1980, Kenny moved to Austin, Texas, where he joined the Marcia Ball Band, touring with her for four years on the Crawfish Circuit and appearing on her 1984 Rounder release "Soulful Dress", which also featured, Stevie Ray Vaughan on Guitar with Kenny on the Title track. During this time Kenny met and became friends with Stevie Ray Vaughan. Further recording sessions followed with Greg "Fingers" Taylor ("Harpoon Man"), Marcia Ball on Varrick, Mitch Woods, Charlie Musselwhite, Ronnie Earl and the Roomful of Blue Horns on the Blind Pig release, ("Solid Gold Cadillac"), and sessions with Tommy Castro, Gary Smith, and others. Blues Harp is a favorite and Kenny had the great honor of working with James Cotton, Little Charlie & The Night Cats, William Clarke (Kenny's favorite), James Harman, Shakey Jake Harris, Rod Piazza and Gary Smith.

Kenny's biggest influences on guitar are Albert King, T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Lockwood, Jr., B.B. King, Freddie King, Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomrey, and Johnny "Guitar" Watson. Kenny also digs Jimmie Vaughan and Anson Funderburgh.