Homespun and guitar great Toby Walker shows you how a blues or country guitarist creates a great solo, thrilling the audience and getting nods of approval from fellow musicians. How does this happen? How do you even start figuring out which notes to play in the midst of a song or jam session? Just watch and see!
Toby Walker has the perfect key to unlocking those mysteries. He shows you how to come up with powerful and compelling improvisations in any key and in any position on the fretboard, using a flat pick or fingers. Concentrating mainly on blues soloing, he eliminates robotic scales and patterns and shows you the "language" of a musical conversation.
You'll learn how to think in shapes, or "boxes", in 12-bar blues, finding the root note and then adding the right intervals to come up with licks and solos. Once you start moving from one shape to the next, your playing will flow up and down the fretboard with ease.
Then see how to add in the "wasabi" - vibrato, bends, B. B. King-style licks, Lightnin' Hopkins shuffle beats, and other techniques that will add really hot spice to your playing.
Once you've got the blues ideas under your fingertips, you'll discover that you can apply the same licks to country songs, like Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad. After watching this Homespun video series you'll be stepping into the spotlight in no time!
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Submitted 1 year ago
Interesting for novices who never learned to improvise
This tutorial mainly consists of a rhythm guitar player and a soloist showing some ("blues-ish") approaches to improvising more or less "floweresque" variations to chord center notes. Interesting and inspiring for musicians who never learned improvisation fundamentals, but not worked out in enough detail to create outstanding solo parts that would be remembered. To rephrase: These videos can give you some ideas on how to INSTANTLY improvise solo-ish etudes, perfect for jamming and practicing. Just don't expect an introduction to solo-performances. Production quality of the videos is OK. I personally don't like the aggressive plec picking that lacks variety and dynamics, but that's a question of style. Camera isn't perfect - while the rhythm guitar has been recorded nicely, showing action on the fretboard just fine, the "lead" is recorded face on, with the fingers of the player's left hand obstructing what he is doing. Having moved the camera slightly left and up would have given a much better insight.
Submitted 1 year ago
This helped me advance for sure
Submitted 2 years ago
If you play the acoustic guitar and enjoy the blues or country music and plan on jamming with bands then it is worth 100% of your time and effort to follow this video series. The instructor speaks in slow, easy to understand terms and does an excellent job of demonstrating everything he is teaching
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