DJ Phillips will teach you everything you need to know to become a master of the blues with an emphasis on fast-paced techniques & playing.
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You will learn what exactly makes the blues sound the way it does. DJ will teach you the 12 bar blues with quite a few chord variations and turnaround options. You will also learn the minor pentatonic scale and how to use it for blues lead play. DJ will also teach you a few modern blues songs to help you master the techniques he teaches.
Meet Mr. DJ Phillips & learn what he's going to teach you throughout this series.
Learn what makes a chord progression a blues progression as well as the basics to the famous 12 bar blues.
Time to take the 12 bar blues progression you've learned and add in some rhythmic variations.
Now that you've learned the 12 bar blues and some rhythmic variations, it's time to throw in some chord variations.
Time to take a break from the 12 bar blues and start mastering some lead techniques. This all starts with the minor pentatonic scale.
Now that you've learned the minor pentatonic scale, it's time to learn how to move it around.
Learn a handful of new blues techniques while learning to play Stevie Ray Vaughn's "The House Is Rockin'".
Now that you've mastered some SRV, DJ is going to show you some funky blues rhythms that use the 9th chords.
DJ begins a discussion of the minor pentatonic scale patterns. He demonstrates the A minor pentatonic scale in first or "open" position.
Continuing on with the minor pentatonic scale, DJ covers the second position. As with lesson 9, he provides a few exercises and riffs along the way.
Continuing with the A minor pentatonic scale, DJ returns with a lesson on the fifth position pattern.
In this lesson, DJ covers the A minor pentatonic scale in 7th position. He includes licks and riffs to help with skill building.
This lesson covers the 9th position of the A minor pentatonic scale. DJ provides licks, riffs, and a string skipping exercise.
Now that DJ has covered all five patterns of the minor pentatonic scale, he explains how to shift from one pattern to the next.
Now that DJ has covered the minor pentatonic positions, he shifts gears to the major pentatonic scale.
In this lesson, DJ demonstrates a number of major pentatonic licks that feature position shifts.
DJ demonstrates how to combine the major and minor pentatonic scales. He provides a number of combined scale licks for you to learn.
In this lesson, DJ demonstrates how to build an effective guitar solo.
This lesson details the importance of rhythm within solos and lead lines.
DJ talks about the art of improvising in this lesson. Always begin with a grand entrance and end with a big finish.
DJ begins a discussion of colorful dominant chord voicings. He demonstrates how to build chords from a root note on the 6th string.
Continuing on from lesson 21, DJ explains how to build dominant chords from root notes on the 4th and 5th strings.
In lesson 23, DJ demonstrates how various chord voicings can be used while playing rhythm or lead over a 12 bar blues progression.
With lesson 24, DJ begins a short segment on tricks of the trade. First, he discusses and demonstrates string rakes.
DJ explains how B3 organ licks can be played on guitar.
In this lesson, DJ talks about volume swells and how they can be used.
Continuing with his "tricks of the trade" lessons, DJ demonstrates a walking bass line and the upstroke shuffle.
In this lesson, DJ discusses and demonstrates the basics of slide technique.
DJ demonstrates some of the subtleties of using a wah pedal in the blues style.
DJ discusses and demonstrates natural, artificial (harp), and pinch harmonics in the blues style.
DJ delves into tone in lesson 31. He discusses how and why certain tones are achieved.
With lesson 32, DJ introduces the minor form of the 12 bar blues progression.
Building on his minor blues set, DJ discusses how to utilize the dominant V7 chord to spice up the standard progression.
DJ demonstrates a couple turnaround techniques that can be applied to the 12 bar minor blues progression.
In this lesson, DJ discusses some minor 7 voicings with roots on the 6th, 5th, and 4th strings.
Much like lesson 35, DJ discusses minor 6th chord voicings with roots on the 6th, 5th, and 4th strings.
DJ explains how altered extensions such as the b9 and #9 can be added to the V7 chord within the context of a minor blues progression.
DJ discusses the scale options that can be used over a minor blues progression.
In this lesson, DJ builds upon lesson 38 and covers the minor scale positions across the entire fretboard.
DJ profiles blues guitarist T-Bone Walker in lesson 40.
Profiling T-Bone walker, DJ will demonstrate the T-Bone Shuffle.
DJ discusses and demonstrates skills acquired from learning T-Bone Walker's material.
DJ will take a look at Blues guitarist Bo Diddley and teach you the "Bo Diddley beat."
Dj is back yet again with more on the style of Bo Diddley. Here is will dive more into his style of solos as well as an in depth explanation of how the songs are played out. Get comfortable everyone and get you blues fingers ready.
Dj brings a kicking finish to the style of Bo Diddley by teaching you how to implement his style of playing to your's. With a quick review of what he has taught so far, Dj will play the backing track as you play with him and creat your own Bo Diddley style solo.
DJ returns to his blues guitar series with the introduction of a complete blues solo. Through the next 12 lessons, DJ will provide a phrase-by-phrase breakdown of the solo. By the end of this mini-series, you will have added a few blues licks to your repertoire as well as a full solo with them all strung together!
DJ is back with Phrase #2 of the Swing Blues Solo. This lick is designed to outline the IV chord.
DJ is back with another phrase of his swing blues solo. The third phrase of the first solo is also your first turnaround. In this lick, you'll outline the chords that bring us back to the top of the form.
The fourth phrase of your first solo has a lot of pentatonic influence in it. You've also climbed the neck to the upper register to help build your solo.
We're back to the second phrase in the long form blues again. This lick picks up where the last left off and continues to build suspense in the upper register.
DJ is back with the sixth phrase of his Swing Blues Solo. We're now at the second turnaround of the long form. This lick incorporates chromaticism to build tension.
We're back to the top in the 3rd chorus of the blues solo. This lick starts to amp up the solo by adding more bends and a few double stops.
DJ is back with the eighth phrase in the swing blues solo. The second phrase of the 3rd chorus incorporates hammer-ons.
DJ is back with the ninth phrase in the swing blues solo. For the third time, we find ourselves at the turnaround. This lick plays on the idea of a repeating figure followed up by a scale run.
We really start to add some gusto to the solo for our final three phrases. This lick uses open stringed double stops and position shifting to create a long build up towards the solo's climax.
The eleventh phrase of our long form blues solo continues to build on the previous phrase. This time you'll be using a repeated but slightly varied figure along with double stops to create more build-up.
DJ is back with the final phrase of the swing blues solo. This turnaround lick uses quick bends, repeated figures, and a chromatic walk down to twist your ear before finally resolving back to E.
Now that you've completed the first solo of a long form blues, it's time to tackle the second solo. This next blues is played in straight eighths and starts off with some chromatic notes, bending, and a syncopated rhythm.
Dig into the second phrase of our straight blues solo! This one uses double stops, bends, and vibrato to kick the solo into high gear!
The first turnaround in our straight blues solo uses a low walking melody along with a scale run that brings us back up to the top.
As we return to the top for the second round of our long form, we hear a familiar melody. This one is stolen right from the last phrase, only it's been transposed up into a higher register.
We're getting into the meat of this solo and it's time we started rocking! We amp up the energy by using some down picking and scale lines.
We've now reached the second turnaround of our long form blues. This phrase gets a little funky with some position shifting and double stops.
Here, we return to the top and continue the funky feel from the turnaround. This lick features chromatic runs with vibrato and a repeated figure.
The next lick in our long form straight blues is all about syncopation and getting that dirty tone from the amp. Careful rhythmic placement of rests and the use of double stops help us accomplish this.
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where is "all of the above"? I would have picked all 3 if I could
Looking forward to the sessions!!!!!
always nice to include practice in the lessons. thanks.
Building chords through the scale was very beneficial
DJ is a great teacher (IMO), you can tell how much he REALLY wants to impart this lesson
dj is great
DJ's lesson is very clear!
Easy to understand. It's just what I needed.
for some reason the audio muted midway through this lesson, even after refreshing it still did that. I changed browsers from firefox to safari and all was well. who knows why? nice lesson though
Hi DJ....I like your lessons I'm Steve but go by Teo, I'm new to this site...Been here for only a couple weeks...but I am really loving it....I will be getting my tech side going and up to speed so I can record my playing and upload.....I will
Great lesson, is there a way to remember everything???
Great teacher, thanks
I like how progress in a nice even way. Looking forward to more lessons
I like the way his teaching style approaches with a "how to use in real time situations"
i need to learn more exercises to improve dexterity
new to this site, DJ explains it all so well
Thank you for a bit of a refresher.
Thank you, appreciate your knowledge and willingness to share.
This is what I was looking for. Now I need to explore your chord melody offerings and explore further how you deal with scales before I commit to a longer agreement. So far, very good.
Very good explanation and easy to follow. Thanks!
Very nice groove for a advanced beginner to learn. It'll certainly help my syncopation