Essential Blues Lead Concepts

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Rob Garland

Finding yourself in a pentatonic rut? Or maybe you have a few pentatonic scales under your fingers but you don't know quite what to do with them. Rob Garland offers the tools you need to enhance your solos within blues-style playing!

25 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


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Full Course Breakdown

Rob starts us off with a walk-through of the CAGED chord system as it's essential when playing the blues. We'll then work our way through the pentatonic scales which will lead us into different types of blues chord progressions. Within these chord progressions, Rob incorporates chord tones and other concepts such as the B.B King Box and The Albert King Box to enhance our blues style playing!


Introduction to ' Essential Blues Lead Concepts'

Rob Garland introduces us to his new course, 'Essential Blues Lead Concepts'!

3:17 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty


CAGED Chords Review

Before we dive into the blues, Rob gives us a quick lesson on the chords we will be using throughout this course by referencing CAGED Chords.

17:17 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


The Major Pentatonic Scale (CAGED)

Now that we are all freshened up with our CAGED Chords, let's now look at the major pentatonic scale and how we will apply this scale to the blues.

19:28 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


The Major Pentatonic On The I Chord

In this lesson, we take a look at how we will incorporate the pentatonic scale into the 12 bar blues!

16:56 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


The Minor Pentatonic Scale On The IV Chord

Ready for the next tool for your blues toolbox? Rob runs through the minor pentatonic scale and how putting it over the IV chord is going to us three chord tones in the IV chord.

18:39 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Blending Major & Minor Pentatonic (I & IV Chords)

In this lesson, let us take all that knowledge we acquired about the major and minor pentatonic in the previous lessons and put them together!

19:03 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


The V Chord

Now that we have the I & IV chords under our fingers let's jump into the final chord, the V chord.

17:48 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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Identifying Chord Tones On The I, IV & V Chords

In this lesson, we move away from the pentatonic scale a bit and focus on targeting some chord tones by looking at the chord voicings within the I, IV & V chords.

20:48 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Blues Arpeggios: Visualizing Chord Tones

Now that we have some chord tones identified, let's get some arpeggios under our fingers.

16:49 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Blues Arpeggios: Creating Phrases Based On Chord Tones (5th position)

Let's take the ideas from the previous lesson and expand on them. Rob takes the arpeggios we have just learned and shows us how to turn them into phrases!

25:33 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Introduction To The Mixolydian Mode (CAGED Dom7)

In this lesson, Rob introduces us to the Mixolydian mode and how this scale is a great choice for blues-based licks.

21:03 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Mixolydian Over The I Chord (A7)

We have our A Mixolydian mode under our fingers, now what? In this lesson, Rob shows us how to use it to play over the I chord of the blues!

16:44 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Mixolydian On The I, Dorian On The IV - 5th Position

Moving on to the IV chord, Rob shows us how we will be using the Dorian mode over this chord.

18:24 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Mixolydian On The I, Dorian On The IV - 9th Position

Taking the idea from the previous lesson we are just simply going to take it from the 5th position to the 9th position.

15:03 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


The Mixo-Pentatonic

Ready for another scale for your toolbox? Rob introduces us to what he refers to as a "mini-scale" - The Mixo Pentatonic.

15:25 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


CAGED Natural Minor/Pentatonic Scale

We've covered a lot of ground when it comes to dominating 7 blues but now we are going to switch gears and look at the minor blues and the scales that they are comprised of.

23:28 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Minor Blues 12-Bar in the Key Of Bm - 7th position

In this lesson, we are going to unpack the B minor blues form.

21:39 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


B Minor Blues (9th Position) - The A.K. Box & Extensions

We shift up to the 9th position in the B minor blues form in this lesson, Rob also discusses the Albert King Box.

20:09 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


“Stormy” Blues 12-Bar Form in G (3rd Position)

Ready to kick things up a notch? Rob dives into a more complex chord progression based on Stormy Monday-style blues.

27:03 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


“Stormy” Blues 12-Bar Form in G (7th Position & The B.B. Box)

Let's take the form from the previous lesson and move that one up to the 7th position, Rob also incorporates the B.B. King box!

23:31 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


8-Bar Blues In C (5th Position) Chord Tones/Arpeggios

Rob discusses the always fun to play, 8-bar blues in the 5th position for this lesson, noting that it has a ragtime feel to it and we have to hone in on targeting those chord tones!

24:52 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


8-Bar Blues In C (8th Position) Chord Tones/Arpeggios

Taking everything we just got under our fingers in the previous lesson, we move it on up to the 8th position.

18:46 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Fusion Blues (D9sus4)

Rob introduces us to Fusion Blues for this lesson, focusing on 9sus4 chords we are going to get some dreamy sounds!

17:06 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Bb Jazz Blues (6th position) Chord Tones and Arpeggios

Are you ready for the final jam for this course? Rob discusses the Jazz Blues form in the key of B-flat.

27:06 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Bb Jazz Blues in 11th position and BB Box & Chord Tones

In this final lesson, Rob takes the Jazz Blues form we just learned and moves it up the neck to the 11th position, and throws in the B.B. King box for that extra flair!

20:07 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty

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Reviews & Feedback 100/100 with 48 ratings

A key to lead playing was unlocked for me. I've heard this major/ minor sound a bazillion times and didn't really know what it was.


awesome lessons


I can't wait to take this course, but may begin with his "caged cords" lessons first. Love his enthusiasm!


I like it. The supplemental info is great. I couldn't figure out the second chord exactly and I was happy to see there was a extra section to view a tab to clear up my confusion. I like the teacher too!


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The teacher is fantastic. This is what I was looking for. He explains concepts really well.


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