Flying Solo - Beginner Blues

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Charlie Stevens

Are you a beginner blues player that is ready to try your hand at some solos? Charlie Stevens' Flying Solo Course has all the building blocks you need to get you playing solos that will take your blues playing to the next level!

17 Lessons

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


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Full Course Breakdown

Charlie will teach a refresher covering a few scales commonly seen in the blues genre as well as some integral bends and slides. As we progress through this course, Charlie will break down four different solos into the individual licks that they are constructed of. So not only will we have a firm grasp on these particular solos, but we will also have the ability to get creative when creating future solos!


Course Introduction

Charlie Stevens introduces us to "Flying Solo: Beginner Blues"!

3:35 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty


Lick: Major Mix Up

Let's dive into our first lick using the major pentatonic scale in the key of A.

4:06 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Lick: Box O' Blues

This next lick will be over the four chord as we learn the A minor pentatonic scale.

6:22 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Target Practice

For this target practice lesson, Charlie walks us through chord tones.

9:05 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Solo 1: Shuffle Blues in A

Now that we have all the parts under our fingers let's put them all together for our first solo!

5:10 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

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Back to Your Roots

Let's switch gears and jump into some blues with a funk context. For this lesson, we focus on targeting our root note.

7:45 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Turn it Around

In this lesson, Charlie walks us through the turnaround for this piece.

6:06 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Up the Neck

The last chorus we will learn for our funky blues piece uses some similar ideas to the previous lessons by targeting some chord tones.

10:03 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Solo 2: Funky Blues in D

Now that we have all the pieces to our 2nd solo under our fingers, let's put them all together!

10:03 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Minor Mischief

Let's get into a minor blues for the first part of the chorus of this next solo where we will be using the key of C minor.

12:22 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Minor Slides

For this next lesson, Charlie walks us through the 2nd part of the chorus of this solo.

12:06 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Sneaky Sliding

We get the third part of the chorus of this minor blues solo under our fingers in this lesson!

7:46 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Solo 3: C Minor Blues Solo

Alright, time to put all those parts together for our third solo!

12:19 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Boxing with the King

As we begin our final solo of the course, we slow the tempo down for a slow blues in the key of E.

14:43 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Fender Bender

For this lesson, we learn the 2nd part of the chorus for this solo as Charlie walks us through how to incorporate bends!

10:04 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Big Bends and Rock Licks

Charlie walks us through an optional chorus that may be slightly challenging at first, but he gives us the tools we need to leap over those musical hurdles!

18:41 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Solo 4: Slow Shuffle Blues in E

Time for our final solo! Charlie goes over all the moving parts once as we put all the pieces together.

19:15 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty

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The Charlie Stevens Band

  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Playing since 2000
  • 126 lessons at JamPlay

Reviews & Feedback 100/100 with 33 ratings

all of the above. love the chord based approach as opposed to scales and I love the phrasing


Clearly set out expectations


Helpful trying to play blues solos! Thanks!


I’d like to see him go thru the notes really slowly the first time.