Blues Tools and Techniques

Live Guitar Course: Become a Better Blues Player

In this course we’ll look at the techniques needed to assist you in becoming a better blues player. We’ll look at the right way to bend strings, how to use arpeggios when soloing and why its important to blend them in with scale tones. Also how not to sound like your just playing scales, by employing techniques as chromatic approaches to notes. We’ll even look at the kind of chords you absolutely need to know for blues, and how to use those chords both rhythmically and harmonically.

Blues Tools and Techniques

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Blues Tools and Techniques Guitar Course

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And of course, we keep everything, so if you miss a week you can always watch our archive of live courses. Tabs, backing tracks, and a full course PDF are provided for students, along with homework for each week! Interact with other students along with the teacher and get the instruction you need to advance your playing.

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Week 1

04/22/2020 at 7pm

Blues Rhythm Guitar

To kick off the course, Stuart shows us the most important rhythm patterns to know, how to play them, how to embellish them, and how to practice them!

Week 2

04/29/2020 at 7pm

Chords for Blues

This week Stuart shows us how to spell out our chords, which combinations of chords works the best, and how to use simple voice leading to make your rhythm playing stronger and more complimentary.

Week 3

05/06/2020 at 7pm

Expanding the Vocabulary

The blues can get pretty boring unless you have an expansive vocabulary. This lesson is about just that very thing: vocabulary; what you need to know and how to practice what you have!

Week 4

05/13/2020 at 7pm


Arpeggios are the building blocks of so much guitar technique. Stuart tells us why are they important to know and how to practice them. He also coaches us on playing through changes with just arpeggios to get them down under your fingers.

Week 5

05/20/2020 at 7pm

Arpeggios and Scales

Last week we took a look at arpeggios. This week we add scales. Do you know the difference? Join Stuart as he shows us not only the difference, but also how to blend the two together for a great effect. We'll also look at some classic intros this week.

Week 6

05/27/2020 at 7pm

Arpeggios and Scales Part 2

This lesson features more on how to not only blend scales and arpeggios, but how to practice them simultaneously. Plus, we'll look at playing across the neck along with moving up and down the neck.

Week 7

06/03/2020 at 7pm

Vibrato and Tremolo

What is Vibrato, and why do we make such a big deal about it? This more than almost any technique, allows your own voice to come from the guitar. Stuart shows us how to you use it effectively and also how to use tremolo as well!

Week 8

06/10/2020 at 7pm

Blues in a Minor Key

So, what does playing in a minor key really mean? This week, Stuart focuses on what to play and what NOT to play when you play a blues in minor. We'll also look at what the melodic minor pentatonic scale is and how to use it in a minor blues for a different sound.

Week 9

06/17/2020 at 7pm

New Approaches to the Pentatonic Scale

Let's look at some new ways to approach your pentatonic scales This unique way (how jazz players approach them) will get a new sound in your blues playing.

Week 10

06/24/2020 at 7pm

Everything We've Learned

Here we’ll have a quick review of everything we've learned in the last nine weeks and Stuart will talk about how to accomplish your goals, practice what we've covered, and play along with some of the tracks to once again demonstrate just what we learned.

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