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Electric Blues Essentials Level 1

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Start the journey to blues mastery

Welcome to our first Intermediate Electric Blues Guitar course! In this course we'll take an incredibly detailed look at the world of blues guitar and guide you through all the fundamentals that the great blues players use and lay some truly epic foundations that will allow you to take your blues playing to a professional level. We'll tackle the fundamentals when it comes to rhythm and lead, including the 12 bar structure and the minor and major crossover, plus lots more!

In this course I'll reveal the number one best kept secret in the blues - the major and minor crossover!

Dan Holton

Get the blues

From a rhythm point of view we tackle the 12 bar blues structure in great depth with quick change and slow change blues. We also look at all five dominant seventh positions across the neck, and crucially, how this all works and why it's so unique in the blues. From a lead guitar point of view we introduce the blues scale, the minor pentatonic and the minor pentatonic with the major pentatonic crossover. We also look at the techniques you need to make every single note on the guitar sing! The course levels up with every single unit and uses professionally recorded tracks to master the concepts!


27 HD videos

Full lesson notes

Backing tracks

Supporting diagrams

Interactive guitar tab

This course includes the following 5 units:

Unit 1

Dirty Blues

Welcome to level one of our Electric Blues Essentials series! In this course we will be taking you through the beautiful world of electric blues guitar, covering lead, rhythm and the theory to help you play like The Greats!

Lesson 1The Riff Part 1

Lesson 2The Riff Part 2

Lesson 3The Solo Part 1

Lesson 4The Solo Part 2

Lesson 5The Solo Part 3

Lesson 6Moulding The Licks

Unit 2

7th Chords & The 12 Bar

In unit 2 we dive into the theory that makes up our blues base, the dominant 7th chords and the 12 bar format. For the dominant 7th chords we tackle the theory behind the shapes and then how to play them in 5 positions of the neck.

Lesson 1The Theory

Lesson 27th CAGED Chords

Lesson 3The Track Part 1

Lesson 4The Track Part 2

Lesson 5The Track Part 3

Lesson 6Changing Keys

Unit 3

Major & Minor Scale

In unit 3 we will be coming back to our lead guitar playing and talking in depth about the major and minor crossover in the blues. We can use both the major pentatonic of the key, and the minor pentatonic of the key to create tasty licks!

Lesson 1The Theory

Lesson 2The Licks

Lesson 3"A" String Start

Lesson 4More Licks

Lesson 5Messing Around!

Unit 4

Keys & Turnarounds

In unit 4 we will be tackling the infamous “turnaround” as well as bringing together all your knowledge so far to be comfortable in any key. We also take a look at the “quick change” blues.

Lesson 1Turnarounds

Lesson 2Quick Change In B

Lesson 3Quick Change In E

Lesson 4Blues Scale Airport

Lesson 5Mixed Scale Airports

Unit 5

"Motivational Blues"

For our final unit we will really push you, with a classic blues style solo utilising all of the lead theory we have been working with on this course.

Lesson 1Lick 1

Lesson 2Lick 2

Lesson 3Lick 3

Lesson 4Lick 4

Lesson 5Congrats!

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