Guitar Tutorial

Basic Licks & Classic Solos for Electric Blues Guitar

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8 Videos | Length: 1hr 26min 9sec
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  • Chapter 1 3:34

    Chapter 1

    Jim starts off with a performance with the band. Then he dives into tuning to help you sound the best for practicing along with this series.

  • Chapter 2 17:57

    Chapter 2

    Jim talks about the tune the band played in the last video that contained a famous 5 note pentatonic blues scale. Jim continues through the song with the rhythm and other parts.

  • Chapter 3 14:55

    Chapter 3

    Jim and the band play "Going Down" and "Elmo's Blues". He then goes through "Elmo's Blues" and shows you the different parts so you can play along.

  • Chapter 4 11:16

    Chapter 4

    Jim shows you some classic licks helping you understand the groove and foundation of each lick so you'll be comfortable and confident in your playing of them.

  • Chapter 5 13:11

    Chapter 5

    Jim introduces us to "Hideaway" by Freddy King. He then takes a close look at essential parts helping you get each lick down.

  • Chapter 6 14:10

    Chapter 6

    In this video, Jim and the band perform "Hideaway" and teaches you the different techniques he uses like vibrato, bending and controlling the tone with your fingers.

  • Chapter 7 5:03

    Chapter 7

    Jim plays the licks from "Sugar Cane Blues" showing you the different parts and how they contrast. Jim and the Band then performs "Sugar Cane Blues" showing you the final product.

  • Chapter 8 6:03

    Chapter 8

    In this video, Jim focuses on tone control and techniques. He explains the volume control knob, different picking positions, and how to attack the guitar to get those different tones and expressions. Jim introduces the band, and gives a few last words before one last performance.

Product Overview

Here's a Homespun video series for players who know the basic chords and want to get started playing blues on the electric guitar. Guitar pro Jim Weider takes it from the top, and shows the easy way to get into playing authentic licks, riffs, rhythms and hot solos.

Jim shows you how to use slides, string bends, hammer-ons and a variety of vibrato styles for an authentic blues feel, along with rhythm grooves, bass lines and other accompaniment techniques.

Learning the pentatonic (5 note) blues scale is the key to blues improvisation, and Jim teaches you how to find the notes you'll need in different positions up and down the guitar fretboard. Before long you'll be playing leads and soloing with the best of them.

Jim also teaches the elements of this powerful American style through the classic licks and solos of some of its key players. You'll learn, in detail, how to play tunes such as Albert King's Going Down, Elmore James' Elmo's Blues, Freddie King's Hideaway and Jim's own Sugar Cane Blues.

Jim even demonstrates the style of the great B. B. King, showing you how he gets his distinctive sound, and covers how to get expression on the guitar with the use of volume and tone controls, pickups, pick attack and other essential information. Each tune covers a different aspect of electric blues playing and provides you with a great solo for practicing the techniques you've learned.

Even more, "The Honky Tonk Gurus", Jim's recording and touring band, supply plenty of great back-up music and help Jim demonstrate how a song should sound when played in performance. This video series will help novice players become real electric blues musicians in no time!

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