Ian Argys

Ian Argys

Ian is a Guitar instructor at JamPlay.com

Guitarist Ian Argys has been sharing his love of music with students of all ages for more than ten years. A graduate of the acclaimed University of North Texas Jazz program, Ian now serves as a lecturer in guitar at the University of Colorado at Denver. He has shared the stage with Lee Konitz, Larry Coryell, Isaac Slade, Michael League, Bobby Shew and other notable musicians.

Ian currently offers 33 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 31 intermediate lessons and 2 song lessons.

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Rockabilly Blues with Ian Argys

Learn the building blocks of the Rockabilly genre with Ian Argys.


Series Introduction

Ian introduces his Rockabilly series.

2:22 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty


The 12-Bar Blues

In this lesson, Ian introduces the 12-bar blues and includes a few variations on the form. Ian's simple straightforward approach will have you playing the blues in no time!

11:46 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Major and Minor Triads

By the end of this lesson, Ian will have you playing over a fun, 12-bar blues form with major and minor triads.

38:01 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


7th Chords for Rockabilly

In this lesson, Ian shows open and movable 7th chord fingerings that are useful for playing nearly any song, rockabilly and otherwise.

14:39 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Pentatonic Scale Patterns: Part 1

In part one of his Pentatonic Scale Patterns lessons, Ian covers the first three (of five) patterns. Make sure you have these under your belt before moving on to the next lesson.

10:24 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Pentatonic Scale Patterns: Part 2

Continuing on with pentatonic scale patterns, Ian teaches patterns 4 and 5 and then shows what happens with the scale patterns after that.

15:07 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Pentatonic Scale Patterns: Part 3

In this lesson, Ian walks through how to shift and adjust the minor pentatonic scale patterns into major.

40:52 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Moody Swing

This lesson brings together the triads, progressions, scales, hammer-on's and pull-off's covered so far in a familiar sounding blues form we'll call the "Moody Swing".

12:41 Runtime

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Charlie's Blues

In this lesson, Ian teaches a blues form in the style of Charlie Christian.

8:41 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

Theory and Improvisation

Evolving the E

Take four familiar E form chords and learn modes and melody from this simplistic form.


Evolving the E Introduction

Ian Argys presents a new way to think about modes, harmony and melody all taught from the comfort of four familiar E type chords. Lesson one delves into the concept behind this series and starts setting you up for the pre-requisite knowledge needed to successfully manage this course.

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Four Chord Types

To get going with Ian's curriculum you'll first need to establish a baseline of the E chord shapes that you must master. The basic major and minor open E shapes should be familiar to you already. You'll cover those as well as the basic shapes for diminished and augmented E chords.

3:29 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


E Lydian

Now that you have your basic chord shapes mastered it's time to start looking at melodic content in the context of E, starting with E Lydian. In this lesson Ian discusses this mode and the harmonization of each of the scale tones.

8:10 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


E Lydian: Strings 1 & 2

In the previous lesson you harmonized the lydian scale with your familiar chord shapes. It's not time to start making a few melodies. Ian covers the scale across the first and second strings of the guitar and imparts some wisdom on how to play melodically on those strings.

9:47 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


E Lydian: Strings 3, 4, 5 & 6

Lesson 5 is another look at the E Lydian move, this time utilizing strings 3 through 6 on the guitar.

11:57 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


E Ionian Mode

Lesson 6 is all about the major mode. As with the other lessons you'll be taking a look at the individual notes on the strings that work in this scale and end by playing freely over a looped track.

16:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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E Mixolydian Mode

It's not time to move on to yet another mode of E. This time you'll be learning the scale across the strings of the E Mixolydian Mode.

14:12 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Mixolydian: Strings 4, 5 and 6

Lesson 8 is a continuation on lesson 7, this time delving into the mixolydian scale on strings 4 through 6.

12:52 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Dorian Mode: Strings 1, 2 & 3

Lesson 9 begins a look at the Dorian mode in the key of E. As usual, you'll start by learning the scale on the first three strings, then move to some improvisation using them.

11:31 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Dorian Mode: Strings 4, 5 & 6

Lesson 10 is a continuation of lesson 9. This time you'll focus on the Dorian mode played on the lower register strings.

15:02 Runtime

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E Aeolian: Strings 6, 5 & 4

It's time to start looking at yet another mode of the E major scale. Working our way down to no accidentals, we find ourselves in the key of G and E Aeolian. Ian starts in reverse for the look at this mode, covering the lowest three strings.

15:12 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


E Aeolian: Strings 1, 2 & 3

Lesson 12 picks up were 11 left off. You'll be continuing to learn the E Aeolian mode across the neck of the guitar, this time focusing on strings 1 through 3.

10:19 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


E Phrygian Mode

Now that you've been through the Aeolian mode, it's time to move down another accidental, this time to E Phrygian.

10:39 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


E Phrygian: Strings 4, 5 & 6

Ian is back with lesson 14 of his Evolving the E series. This lesson continues his look at the E Phrygian mode across the neck of the guitar. You'll be focusing on strings 4 through 6.

8:07 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


E Harmonic Minor

Now that you've gone through the six basic modes in the key of E, excluding Locrian, it's time to start focusing on mixed harmonic scales. In lesson 15, Ian discusses and demonstrates playing the E Harmonic Minor scale.

14:21 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


E Harmonic Minor: Strings 4, 5 & 6

Lesson 16 continues a look at the E Harmonic minor scale across the fretboard. This time you'll be utilizing strings 4-6.

9:19 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Phrygian Dominant Strings 1-3

Lesson 17 starts another two part segment on a new scale. This time you'll be taking a look at the Phrygian Dominant scale on strings 1 through 3.

11:01 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Phrygian Dominant Strings 4-6

Lesson 18 picks up the second half of the Phrygian Dominant mini-series. In this lesson you'll be looking at the scale on strings 4, 5 and 6.

7:02 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Melodic Minor Strings 1-3

Winding down the series now at lesson 20, Ian takes a look at the Melodic Minor scale on strings 1-3 of the guitar.

9:07 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Melodic Minor Strings 4-6

Lesson 20 picks up the last three strings of the Melodic Minor scale. Ian will demonstrate the notes available, then play over the vamp to provide inspiration.

6:07 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Lydian Dominant Strings 1-3

It's time once again to start taking a look at another scale across the fretboard. In lesson 21 you'll start a look at Lydian Dominant. As usual, Ian will discuss the scale across the first three strings of the guitar before moving to the next three strings in lesson 22.

7:19 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Lydian Dominant Strings 4-6

To wrap up his series, Ian provides the last lesson on the Lydian Dominant scale. You'll learn the scale across strings 4-6.

7:42 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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