Monthly Archives: December 2017

Blues Dues – The V Chord

Soloing strategies for playing over the V chord in bar 9 of a 12-bar blues.

If you are a guitar player, then chances are you can't count how many times you've been asked to jam over a 12-bar blues. Not only is it a ton of fun, but everyone knows a 12-bar blues and it's a great way to break the ice when playing with someone or a group for the first time. 

Not only are the blues fun to play and a way to be musically expressive, but people love listening to the blues. I'm sure every time you go to a bar or somewhere they have a live band, you will hear a few 12-bar blues. One thing that I always pay attention to is how the soloist plays over the V-IV change that happens in bar 9 and 10 in a blues. Beginners and professionals alike usually sound great over the I and IV chords, but one thing that definitely separates the novice from the pros is how they handle that V chord. In this post, we're going to go over a few of the options available when playing over the V chord.

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Mastering the Minor Pentatonic Scale – Video Lesson

In this lesson, we are going to learn all 5 CAGED positions of the minor pentatonic scale.

The Minor Pentatonic Scale

The minor pentatonic scale is often one of the first scales learned by guitar players, and certainly one that is very frequently used. It's provided the melodic foundation to some of the most classic solos and riffs of all time, and is found in almost all styles of music. In order to master this scale, you must first understand how it's constructed and how each note in the scale functions. You should then familiarize yourself with each position on the fretboard and be able to maneuver between shapes.

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Big River – Jerry Garcia Solo from 8/13/75 – Video Lesson

Join me as we examine this up-tempo solo from the Grateful Dead's live album, "One from the Vault".

The Grateful Dead fused together elements from a myriad of styles - blues, country, bluegrass, jazz, folk, R&B, Rock & Roll - into what can only be described as Grateful Dead music. Sometimes these influences are subtle, while other times they can be quite blatant. This solo falls into the latter category. Jerry Garcia wears his Country (and Bluegrass) hat as he tears through this two chorus solo.

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