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.
Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.
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Learn the styles of all the great blues players and many other skills and techniques in this comprehensive Electric Blues Guitar Series.Begin the Course
Ladies and gentlemen, JamPlay is proud to present an amazing electric blues player appropriately named Kenny "Blue" Ray. Kenny has been playing for over 40+ years and is bringing his knowledge forward for you to learn. Kenny begins this lesson set with an amazing miniseries on blues lead guitar. In the first lesson, he discusses what he refers to as the "1st and 2nd scales." He also demonstrates some classic blues licks that can be played within these scale patterns.
Kenny brings forth the next step in electric blues. Here he demonstrates the 3rd scale and provides some tips on playing Texas and Chicago blues. In the second half of this lesson, Kenny ties scales 1-3 together and applies them to the style of Albert King.
Albert Collins brought a lot of style to the blues scene. In this lesson, Kenny breaks down Albert's style for you to learn.
Kenny uses the key of A to demonstrate bending techniques and soloing options in the Texas and Chicago blues styles.
Kenny brings us some great information regarding turnarounds. He demonstrates some of the most common blues turnarounds and explains how to achieve some of the sounds created in Texas and Chicago blues.
Kenny is back in full stride in lesson 6. Kenny explores the style of T-Bone Walker and how he created his own unique blues sound.
Kenny shares some great tips on how to incorporate both rhythm and lead guitar together in your blues playing. These tips will enable you to create a massive blues sound in any environment or situation.
Kenny enlightens us as to how tension notes are used in blues. He demonstrates the theory behind these specific notes and how they are used. Kenny also delves into his past with some great personal stories about who he has played with and where he has implemented his style of blues.
Here, Kenny "Blue" Ray provides an overview of Hubert Sumlin's style. This is a lesson filled with history and blues guitar that can be applied to a variety of blues styles.
Kenny continues his Blues Guitar Series with a lesson on the style of John Lee Hooker.
Kenny introduces JamPlay to the style of Freddy King. Kenny recalls some great licks and information about his style.
Kenny continues his blues series with an informative lesson on the style of Magic Sam. Learn and understand how Magic Sam played guitar and how he influenced the blues music scene.
Kenny breaks into a world of blues based rhythms. Here, he introduces his passion for these lessons by demonstrating some blues rhythms he has picked up over the years.
Kenny quickly dives straight into a T-Bone Walker rhythm style in the key of A. He begins with a more simple rhythm and progresses to advanced rhythmic techniques to round out your creative bag of tricks.
Also known as the flat tire rhythm, Kenny demonstrates different styles that the backward shuffle can be applied to.
Kenny "Blue" Ray breaks down the rhythmic styles of Robert Jr. Lockwood and Robert Johnson. This lesson features blues rhythms that have withstood the test of time.
Kenny reviews one of his own favorite rhythmic arrangements. By pulling from influences such as Jimmy Vaughn and Doyal Bramhall II, Kenny is sure to bring out that inner blues player.
Kenny plays through a sample of the 8 bar blues. This is a short and sweet lesson packed with some new rhythms that can be applied to the 8 bar form.
Kenny adds some 7th chords into the mix along with classic Jimi Hendrix style chords. He also explains the advantages of shortened 7th chords and their practical applications in the blues.
Kenny expands on the previous lesson and introduces 13th chords. He demonstrates the techniques necessary to fretting and "shaking" these chords.
The "Lumpty" is essentially a bass line played within a simple box pattern. Kenny demonstrates some of his favorite patterns as well as some practice routines that will loosen your fingers up.
Derived from the Latin genre, the Boogaloo is a unique rhythm that fits surprisingly well in the blues. It became popular during the 60's and can be heard in other musical genres such as jump blues, R&B, and doo-wop.
Kenny breaks down the style of Slim Harpo. He introduces the sounds that made Slim famous such as his tasteful use of tremolo. Every aspiring blues guitarist will thoroughly enjoy this information.
When playing with another guitarist, bass runs can be used to round out the overall arrangement of a song. Kenny explains how to use bass runs effectively in this lesson.
Jam session? Live gig? There are many situations one may encounter that will require playing with other guitarists. Kenny explains how to create a fuller arrangement by using different chord voicings from the other guitarist.
In lesson 26, Kenny introduces simple two note chords. This lesson also details the rhythmic styles of Hubert Sumlin.
Bo Diddley was known as "The Originator" because of his transition from blues to rock & roll. Kenny covers his rhythmic style in this quick lesson.
Harmonica players are a staple of blues music. Why not pick up some tips and tricks and join the fun with your guitar? Kenny demonstrates some some popular blues accompaniment figures used to back up a harmonica player. Enjoy!
Kenny indulges in a lesson packed with soul sounds and sounds of 60's. Hope you packed your time machine!
Welcome to Kenny's 30th lesson! To celebrate, Kenny has decided to demonstrate Buddy Guy's lead style. This lesson is a great opportunity to pick up on some classic leads as well as some American blues history.
Kenny grabs his guitar and digs deep into the style of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Here, Kenny demonstrates SRV's rhythm style and some of his signature licks. This one is a must see and is sure to open some creative doors.
Kenny takes a deep breath in Lesson 32 of his blues series. Here he demonstrates the importance of leaving space between phrases. Less really is more!
KBR takes us to the light at the end of the tunnel. You can write a killer song, but it's the ending that ties it all together. Kenny covers a few well known endings and provides some insight on how to create your own blues "outros."
Kenny demonstrates more blues style rhythm techniques. He uses some examples from other artists to help you understand their application.
We had the pleasure of filming Kenny on the same day as Muddy Waters birthday, April 4th. Kenny presents a special "Style of Muddy Waters" lesson to honor this day.
Kenny breaks down the rhythmic style of Howlin' Wolf and demonstrates how a little style of SRV can be blended into the mix.
There are plenty of different ways to start a blues song. Kenny covers some ideas that begin with the V chord of the progression.
Kenny draws heavily from the influence of the great John Lee Hooker and has even had the pleasure of playing with him. This lesson demonstrates some of Hooker's guitar style.
Kenny presents some modern rhythm techniques and patterns while utilizing 9th chords.
Welcome to Kenny's 40th lesson! In this lesson, Kenny covers some unique 8 and 12 bar blues progressions inspired by some of his favorite players.
Time to play around with two note double stops! Kenny demonstrates many different examples and how they can be applied in blues music.
Kenny covers the style of one of his long time guitar heroes, Magic Sam.
Kenny dives into some great blues lead guitar concepts in "positions" 1 and 2.
Kenny continues his blues lead ideas by covering the 3rd "position." Kenny also touches on some B.B. King licks to help with his demonstration.
Kenny "Blue" Ray breaks down proper string bending technique. He also demonstrates how to apply string bending to blues lead guitar.
Kenny takes an in depth look at the style of Albert King, one of his favorite artists.
Kenny explains how to get maximum mileage out of the 5 notes of the major pentatonic scale.
Kenny breaks down some ways to combine both rhythm and lead playing to develop more of a complete sound.
Kenny teaches a song he wrote inspired by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. This is one you'll definitely enjoy learning!
Kenny demonstrates some classic rock & roll rhythm and lead ideas.
Kenny demonstrates another original song called "Pull The Strings."
Kenny opens up the world of open tunings and how they can be applied in the blues genre.
Learn Kenny's original song "Blues for Jimi." Kenny wrote this song with Jimi Hendrix in mind.
Kenny introduces several blues ideas that can be used in the key of E.
While staying in the key of E, Kenny demonstrates some Mississippi and Chicago style blues techniques.
Kenny dives into minor scales and will demonstrate how to spice up you blues ideas when playing in minor keys.
With the help of influences from Slim Harpo, Kenny demonstrates some double stops that are frequently used in blues music.
In lesson 58, Kenny provides additional information pertaining to the key of D major. Rhythm patterns and lead ideas are provided.
Kenny explains how the "Quick IV," also called "The Quick Change," fits into the standard 12 bar blues progression.
Kenny takes a step back and breaks down how he has built his guitar, and offers insight on some tips and pointers on what to look for when shopping for parts for your custom guitar.
Moving to different positions on the neck during a solo can be a bit tricky. Kenny provides some insight and tips on how to accomplish these movements a bit more easily.
This lesson provides insight on how to apply the rake picking technique within the blues genre.
Kenny presents some tasteful ideas on how to apply 60's soul and funk guitar inspirations into your standard blues techniques.
Kenny covers some basic blues progressions in the key of E major and demonstrates how E minor pentatonic ideas can be incorporated into them.
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a bit slower and more detailed showing of chrods would make it easier to follow. Contentwise awesome lesson
As always, spot on by Jenny and easy to understand.
Been doing this but didn't know it. Now that he explained it I know about what I'm doing and can call upon it, if that makes since.
BEEN GREAT LEARNING
We love Kenny his blues tone is brilliant
If you are buying guitars, you aren’t practicing guitar! I know we are probably all guilty of that one.
Love the sound of the one you made up!
My congratulations to Kenny Ray. He is a great teacher. He goes straight to the bone. He also provides great advice and tips. Needless to say he is a great guitar player.
Recording Kenny's voice at a higher volume would benefit many of his lessons.
Great Blues man and teacher, Renewed my interest in the blues. Great work..
Great lesson Kenny!
Great lesson! Really enjoyed it!
Great teacher, the stories help to keep to me motivated to be better and make the lessons more interesting and educational.
I am having a BLAST playing this stuff! You are so accomplished I love it! Keep up the GREAT WORK!!!!!
learnin lots from Kenny Blue
I like the teacher and he is easy to understand
I see the first stone in my wall of music....
I was unsure of Kenny until he said in the video "its about feel and not how fast its played" then i knew he was going to be a great teacher.
Incredible teacher and relates wonderful snippets of history and legendary situations/players!
interesting and easy to follow, what I was looking for
Kenny "Blue" Ray has a seasoned approach to playing the Blues. I like the timbre of his voice and his humbled manner to his teaching style.
Kenny enjoy your teaching style...thanks for your work ...looking forward to learning more from you. Tom
Kenny is a cool guy! I love these lessons! I'm getting a lot out of them! This stuff is why I renewed my membership. I think if looking at other stuff, but this is so fun to learn!
Kenny is a nice down earth guy and keeps no secrets and teaches all he knows and I like his advise as not to stretch to far and get carpal tunnel. Other ways of doing it.
Kenny is freaking awesome
Kenny Ray rules, he's the best
Kenny's lessons, here and "live", are always practical and reflect a lot of years of gigging. When I finish a lesson, I can walk out and perform differently--and better--than the night before.
Like sitting down with a buddy and throwing out ideas.
Man, I could sit and listen to Mr. Ray all day long. And I will. What a great treasure of a teacher. Very inspirational and personable. I feel like it's just him and me, sitting, BS'ing, and me getting the gift of his teaching. Solid advice
more great stuff from Kenny
Plain spoken great tips. Not more than I can handle.
Really great way to teach! Straightforward, only meat without smoke!!!
Thank you ! Regards...
Thanks for such a great teacher ?
The first half is about bb king in the 3rd position. great stuff.
This lesson should be earlier in the beginning, rather than where it is now.
why cant get my lessons 3 to play on my computer?
Yeah! Will follow the other lessons.