Jimi Hendrix’ Introductory Solo on “All Along the Watchtower”
Blues Guitar History
This track is from Hendrix’ second album “Electric Ladyland”. The song was originally written by Bob Dylan but it was Hendrix’ version that made it famous. Dylan himself says he prefers Hendrix’ version and feels like he is doing a Jimi Hendrix cover every time he performs the song – even though it’s his own […]
Charlie Patton (1891-1934) Big Bill Broonzy (1893-1958) Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893-1929) Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter) (1888-1949) Son House (1902-1988) Robert Johnson (1911-1938) John Lee Hooker () Skip James () Blind Willie Johnson ()
Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” – “A” section
I will preface this lesson by saying that you should always beware of things that are too guitaristic or fretboard generated. Most times those devices tend to come off as nothing more than finger tricks. Music should always be about sound and not fingers. That said, these mirror shapes are indeed very guitaristic and a […]
Blues in E Kickstart Excercise
Here is the “A” section of the famous Scott Joplin rag , “The Entertainer”. Rags are built of four sections that are performed in a specific sequence – AABBACCDD. This lesson gives the music and tab for the “A” section (the one everyone recognizes!) of my own guitar arrangement of The Entertainer. It’s in drop-D […]
Alternate Bass for Fingerstyle Blues – preparatory exercise
To play a Blues in E, we’ll need to learn to switch between three chords – E7, A7 and B7. In this first installment we’ll look at E7 and A7 and get used to going back and forth between the two chords. Then we’ll set up a 4/4 rhythm and start to put them into […]
This is a study to help you to prepare for playing more complex fingerstyle Blues. The thumb plays in a ragtime style with the bass note alternating on each beat between the root and the fifth of the chord, followed by another chord tone on the off beat. It’s basically “boom-chick-boom-chick” with the “booms” alternating […]
Time to Plant
I call this lick the “Rock Steady” lick because I first learned it from into of the the Bad Company tune of that name. It sounds great with a slight bend on the first dyad (remember that a two note chord is properly called a dyad – a full chord requires at least 3 notes).
Beginner’s Course Class #1
In order to solidify your technique for playing fingerstyle it will pay you dividends to learn the technique of planting your right hand fingers when playing arpeggios. Put your thumb on the low E string and your index, middle and ring fingers on the first three strings – index on the third string, middle on […]
Welcome to the beginner’s course! Let’s get started with learning the names of the parts of the guitar. The guitar’s anatomy isn’t that different than yours. It has a head, a neck and a body.