Lance Ruby

Lance Ruby

Lance is a Guitar instructor at JamPlay.com

Guitarist and educator Lance Ruby recently opened his teaching studio in Fort Collins, Colorado after earning his Masters of Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado studying with Steve Kovalcheck. A Utah native, Lance completed his Bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance from Utah State University studying with Corey Christiansen. While in Utah, Lance co-founded the soul/funk band Danger 5 and has continued in this project with lead singer Dani Armour. Sin... (more)

Lance currently offers 68 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 65 intermediate lessons and 3 song lessons.

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Lead Concepts & Techniques

The Complete Scale & Arpeggio System

When approaching lead guitar, soloing and melody creation, key components are necessary to have under your fingers. These include scales and arpeggios, as well as theoretical and practical knowledge of the fretboard. Lance Ruby takes these core concepts and techniques and transforms them into an easy to follow system to jump start your lead playing.

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The Complete Scale & Arpeggio System Introduction

Lance Ruby will kick off this series by introducing and discussing his scale and arpeggio system. This series is designed to give you a familiarity with the fretboard from a scale and arpeggio standpoint so that you can begin the transformation of that knowledge in to playing lead guitar.

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Box 1 and Box 2

Let's get started with the primary tools that you'll use for this course: Box #1 and Box #2. In this lesson, Lance will introduce you to his scale and arpeggio system.

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The Rules of Combining

There are specific rules to the ways Box #1 and Box #2 can be combined. Here, Lance will cover the rules of the combinations going forward.

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Getting it Under Our Fingers: Intervals

Intervals are just one of the ways to commit Lance's system to memory. In this lesson, Lance will discuss intervals as well as some useful tools for implementing his system into our improvisations.

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Getting it Under our Fingers: Groupings

Another very useful method of memorizing and utilizing this system is via grouping. Next, Lance will discuss grouping and how to apply this technique to the box system.

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Practical Use for the Box Patterns

Let's shift our focus to improvisation. In this lesson, Lance will discuss the use of melody and phrasing in coordination with his system to improvise on the fly.

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Introduction to Modes

Modes. We've all heard the word and cringed at the confusion that it entails. Here, Lance will discuss the history and origination of the modes while preparing us to tackle each mode individually.

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The Dorian Mode

In this lesson, Lance will give us a full breakdown of the Dorian Mode and how to apply it to his box system.

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The Phrygian Mode

Let's continue our deep dive into the modes with the Phrygian Mode.

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The Lydian Mode

Now it's time to continue our modal journey with the Lydian Mode.

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The Mixolydian Mode

Moving right along, now let's tackle the Mixolydian Mode.

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The Aeolian Mode

Time to cover one of the most popular modes - Aeolian, which is also known as the Natural Minor or Minor Scale.

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The Locrian Mode

Let's close out our section on modes with the ever-challenging Locrian Mode.

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Connecting With One String

Finally, a system to unlock the fretboard! In this lesson, Lance will discuss combining his box system with single-string scales in order to unlock the full fretboard horizontally and vertically.

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Major 3 Note Arpeggios

Let's shift gears to arpeggios. Here, Lance will discuss the difference between arpeggios and triads, as well as how to apply his box system to this incredibly useful improvisational tool.

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Minor 3 Note Arpeggios

Now let's look at those three note major arpeggio shapes and make the minor.

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Major 4 Note Arpeggios

Now, we're transitioning to four note arpeggio shapes. We'll start with major.

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Minor 4 Note Arpeggios

Now that you have your major 4 note arpeggios under your fingers, it's time to make those minor.

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Dominant 4 Note Arpeggios

Alright, it's now time to learn the Dominant 4 note arpeggios across the fretboard.

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Playing the Changes - Blues

In this lesson, Lance discusses what it means to "play the changes" and gives you some ideas on how to start doing so.

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Playing Through the Changes - Blues

Now that you have an idea about what playing the changes constitutes, lets start talking about how to play through those changes as they happen.

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Playing the Changes 2-5-1

Just like we did with the Blues changes study, we'll now break down the changes for the classic 2-5-1 turnaround. You'll start by learning the changes, then in the next lesson you'll play through them.

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Playing Through the Changes 2-5-1

Now that you've got a good idea about the changes occurring in the 2-5-1 turnaround, it's time to apply them musically and play through those changes.

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Connecting Arpeggio Scales

At this point you should have a working knowledge of modal scales, arpeggio patterns and how changes are played. Now you'll take that knowledge and connect arpeggio scales across the fretboard.

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Getting the Most Out of This System

To close out this lesson series, Lance discusses and demonstrates some of the key concepts and takeaways, as well as what you should continue to do to get the most from the system.

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Blues

Digging into the Blues

Do you have the basics of the blues down and are now ready to add some depth to your Blues playing? Let's join Lance Ruby for his course "Digging Into The Blues" which will introduce you to the vastly different rhythms and styles that this storied genre has to offer!

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Introduction

Lance Ruby introduces us to "Digging Into the Blues"!

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Boogie Woogie Rhythm

We hit the ground running in this course by learning the rhythm part for the Boogie Woogie track!

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Boogie Woogie Rhythm Practice

Now that we have the rhythm part under our fingers let's use this lesson to practice!

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Boogie Woogie Lead

For this lesson, we take the same Boogie Woogie track and learn the lead guitar part!

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Boogie Woogie Lead Practice

Let's practice the lead guitar part for the Boogie Woogie track, and take focus on locking in on that swung time feel!

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Chi-Down Rhythm

In this lesson, we learn the rhythm part for a Chicago-based blues-style ballad.

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Chi-Down Rhythm Practice

Now that we have that part under our fingers, let's dive into this practice lesson!

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Chi-Down Lead

In this lesson, we learn the lead part for the Chi-down track also known as the slide and stab.

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Chi-Down Lead Practice

Let's put that slide and stab technique to use in this practice session, and hone into locking in with that rhythm!

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Chi-Up Rhythm

Let's jump into a Chicago-style up-tempo blues and learn the rhythm part associated with this number.

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Chi-Up Rhythm Practice

Now that we have this quick change blues underneath our fingers, let's dive into this practice session!

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Chi-Up Lead

In this lesson we learn the lead part for this up-tempo blues, commonly referred to as the Chicago box.

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Chi-Up Lead Practice

In this practice session, we get a chance to run through and lock into playing the Chicago forward box and backward box!

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Rock & Roll Rhythm

In this lesson, we dive into a rock and roll track! We learn the rhythm part of this Chuck Berry style blues.

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Rock & Roll Rhythm Practice

Let's hone in our technique for this Chuck Berry style blues rhythm in this practice session.

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Rock & Roll Lead

Now let's get the lead part for this rock and roll track under our fingers!

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Rock & Roll Lead Practice

For this practice session, we run through this fast-paced Chuck Berry-style blues lick focusing on the lead part.

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Rhumba Blues Rhythm

For this lesson, we dive into the Rumba Blues and learn some new chord grips.

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Rhumba Blues Rhythm Practice

Now that we have learned the rhythm part for this Rhumba Blues track, let's give it a few run-throughs in this practice session.

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Rhumba Blues Lead

Let's stay with this Rhumba Blues track, this time learning the lead guitar part.

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Rhumba Blues Lead Practice

For this practice session, we get a chance to practice that rhumba blues lead!

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Minor Thrills Rhythm

For this lesson, we move into a minor blues and Lance gives us the run-through for the rhythm guitar part.

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Minor Thrills Rhythm Practice

Let's get that muscle memory locked in as we practice the rhythm guitar part for this minor blues track!

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Minor Thrills Lead

For this final teaching lesson, Lance walks us through the lead guitar part for this minor blues track.

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Minor Thrills Lead Practice

For this last lesson of this course, we practice the lead guitar part for our minor blues track and take focus on locking into that rhythm!

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Country

Flying Solo Beginner Country

Country music lies at the core of the American musical tradition, and still lives and breaths in popular music today. But with all of this history and evolution in music, we might ask ourselves, where do we start? Join country guitarist extraordinaire, Lance Ruby, on this musical journey that introduces the core techniques and famous players of the music, all through the lens of simple, digestible licks.

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Introduction

Lance Ruby introduces us to "Flying Solo: Beginner Country"!

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The Walk Up

In our first lesson, we will look at how the simple concept of chromatics can color up our lines and give us a creative way to outline chord changes.

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Double Trouble

One of the major selling points of the guitar is its ability to emulate a wide variety of seemingly unrelated instruments. In this lesson, we will discuss how we can use a combination of double-stops and bends to recreate the famous sounds of a country steel guitar.

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Give 'Em the Sixth Degree

Continuing off of the concept of harmony from our last lesson, we will now look at the interval of a 6th. While we'll only be playing two notes at a time, we will hear how this harmony can create simple but beautiful melodies.

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The Walk Down

Following up on our last lesson, we will look at another lick that uses the 6th interval on the second and fourth strings. Additionally, we will see how we can use this lick and alter it to work over multiple chords in our progression, so we can highlight the underlying harmonic structure of a song.

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Solo 1: Tik Tak

Now that we've introduced bending, 6ths, and chromatics, let's see how we can bring these licks together in a classic and cohesive country solo!

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Run Lester Run!

What's the most famous country lick of all time? In this lesson, we will answer that question and discuss a variation that makes the lick applicable to the modern guitar player's toolbox.

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Paisley Twang

Following up from our last lesson, we will look at another iconic lick, this time in the style of one of country music's modern stars: Brad Paisley

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Going On a Trip(let)

Do we always play licks in groupings of 2 or 4? In this lesson, we will discuss what makes a triplet, and how we can use it in our playing to diversify the rhythms of our solos.

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Chicken Fried Bending

Is there an easier way to skip strings? While this is a cornerstone of many virtuosic styles of lead guitar ranging from metal to jazz, the technique known as hybrid picking or chicken pickin' allows us to achieve this difficult feat with relative ease, all while staying true to the sound of country.

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Solo 2: Radio Twang

In this second solo, we will see how our variety of classic country licks can come together to create a distinctly modern style country guitar solo.

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Gainfully Employed

In this first lick of our final solo, we will see how we can use a variety of the techniques discussed so far in the course, to create a short repeated phrase that can be used successfully over the major chords in our progression.

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Gettin' Around

Following up from our last lesson, we will see how we can use a combination of chromatics, double-stop bends, and 6ths , to traverse over our neck, all while highlighting the underlying chord changes of the progressions.

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Anticipation

In this final lick of our last solo, we will take the same double-stop bend lick we've been using throughout the course and create a few simple variations that can be worked over a I-IV-V turnaround in a progression.

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Solo 3: Railroad Blues

In our final solo of the course, we will see a culmination of all of the techniques we have introduced and discussed in a cohesive solo that takes place over the famous country feel known as a 'train beat.'

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