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Joe Bonamassa

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Blues and beyond

Welcome to our Joe Bonamassa course, a 28-lesson journey that will provide profound insights into the artistry of one of the greatest blues-rock musicians of our time. Throughout these five units, we'll unravel the secrets behind Bonamassa's mesmerizing solos and captivating riffs. From the subtle bluesy tones inspired by legends of old to the blistering speed of pentatonic runs, we leave no stone unturned. Dive into the essence of Bonamassa's style, and you'll possess the tools, skills, and understanding to play like a true maestro.

It's packed full of incredible licks and ideas that will deliver you eureka moment after moment!

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Break out of the pentatonic box

The course begins with an impressive solo in Unit 1, featuring Bonamassa's iconic pentatonic run in quintuplets, culminating in a truly electrifying lick! In Unit 2, the focus shifts Dorian-inspired phrases. It serves as a real gateway for those seeking to break free from pentatonic patterns. Unit 3 introduces a Bonamassa-style riff, showing you how to dial in chunky tone that sounds fantastic. Unit 4 returns to blues, with a slow track showcasing Bonamassa's fusion of blues styles, covering mixolydian, major-minor crossovers. Finally, Unit 5 brings everything together, along with Bonamassa's lightning-fast runs in a perfectly crafted solo. This course will develop your phrasing, speed, theory, rhythm, and overall guitar skills!


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This course includes the following 5 units:

Unit 1

You Snooze You Blues

In this unit we start with a classic upbeat blues rock solo that will help you join your pentatonic shapes across the neck, expand your blues vocabulary, and help you decipher what is happening in those epically fast pentatonic scale runs.

Lesson 1Theory & Lick 1

Lesson 2Lick 2

Lesson 3Lick 3

Lesson 4Lick 4

Lesson 5Lick 4 & 5

Lesson 6Application

Unit 2

Talkin' Tenths

In our second unit we have another Bonamassa style solo for you, but this time we dial in on the Eric Johnson influenced licks that Bonamassa has absorbed so beautifully into his playing, in particular using 10ths.

Lesson 7Theory & Lick 1

Lesson 8Lick 2

Lesson 9Lick 3 & 4

Lesson 10Lick 5 & 6

Lesson 11Lick 7 & 8

Lesson 12Application

Unit 3

Blue Gin

It’s time to take a detour from our epic soloing skills, and take a look at Bonamassa’s impressive ability to create catchy blues/rock riffs.

Lesson 13The Main Riff

Lesson 14The Fills

Lesson 15The B Section

Lesson 16Fill Challenge!

Lesson 17The Feel

Unit 4

Whiskey Blues

In this track we take a look at a classic 12/8 style slow blues. This style of blues is where Joe Bonamassa really flexes his blues muscles, and has produced some of the most exciting, moreish and fully loaded guitar solos we’ve ever heard.

Lesson 18The Concepts

Lesson 19Lick 1

Lesson 20Lick 2

Lesson 21Lick 3

Lesson 22Lick 4

Unit 5

Stormy Blues

For our final track, we are bringing it all together! We take a classic Bonamassa style blues-rock ballad and write a solo to die for! It includes all of Bonamassa’s phrasing, technique, speed and incredible pentatonic skills.

Lesson 23The Chords

Lesson 24Lick 1 & 2

Lesson 25Lick 3

Lesson 26Lick 4

Lesson 27Lick 5

Lesson 28Lick 6 & 7

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