Free Blues Guitar Video Lessons
On this page you will find free blues guitar videos that are designed to instruct you on various aspects on blues guitar playing. By watching these videos you will start to understand the various disciplines that you need to develop in order to reach blues guitar mastery.
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If there's one thing that Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page, Derek Trucks, Freddie King, Robben Ford, and many others have in common, it’s their AMPLIFIER. So in this video we'll take a look at the amplifier used by these legends (and I ;)) so you can also achieve those thick, warm blues sounds.
When talking about Rory Gallagher his way of soloing, most would argue "he was just a genius". But there was actually a very clear strategy behind his way of playing licks. In this video we’ll take a look at how Rory Gallangher plays his lightning fast guitar solos by zooming in on 5 of his iconic guitar licks.
Even though the pickup selector is just a tiny switch on your guitar, there is a lot of magic behind it! Ask Stevie Ray Vaughan, as he used this on songs like Lenny to switch from a warm tube sound to a razor-sharp sound. Discover in this video why Stevie Ray Vaughan loved the toggle switch so much and what it can do for your guitar playing.
Many people are unaware of the differences between the best guitars for blues guitar playing. Because of this, they stay in the dark about what guitar holds the highest potential for their own playing style. If you are struggling to find a ‘good blues guitar’, this video will shine light on the differences between the Stratocaster and Les Paul guitar.
In this video, I’ll go through an in-depth, step-by-step guide to using your Les Paul’s controls so you know exactly how to get the best out of your Les Paul guitar.
Why have some people a better sense of rhythm then others? What exactly lies at the root of having a bad sense of rhythm? And how can you still acquire talent for rhythm on later age? The answers are all presented to you in this video.
What are the biggest differences between the fender Custom Shop Strat and the American Standard Strat? And how do you justify the huge leap in terms of price between the two? In this video you’ll discover the answers once and for all.
Fact is, if you hand over a new scale to any guitar player, they naturally start practicing it up and down. This might be ok at first but you quickly need to transition from that before you start wasting all your precious practice time. In this video I’ll show you a quick but very effective way to practice your new scales in a musical way.
Stuck at repeating rehearsed guitar licks over and over? In this video you'll learn how to build upon your guitar licks foundation and create endless streams of unique blues guitar lines.
Growing strong fingers not only makes playing guitar less painful, it also makes the process a lot more fun for yourself. If you feel your fingers are not strong or flexible enough, the exercises explained in the next video are for you!
To give you more insight on the topic of combining scales, in this video we go over a clear example where we’ll combine three scales (minor pentatonic scale, major pentatonic scale and the blues scale) into one epic lick (tablature included).
Let’s give your blues soloing a very positive make-over by learning about one of the best methods to build up tension in a guitar solo and give it that forward steering feeling: sweep picking arpeggios.
Imagine being able to generate killer guitar sounds that will leave your listeners on the edge of their seat having goosebumps! When using the best diminished blues licks you can easily create these gut wrenching sounds in your own blues solos!
Merging metal elements with the blues is key to make your playing sound really aggressive and dynamic. Knowing this, in this video you’ll learn how to incorporate a shred guitar part into your blues playing
It is no secret that blues music consists out of important cliché guitar licks that over the years were transferred from one guitarist to another. That is why it is very important for your development as a guitarist that you adopt these famous licks into your playing. The lick explained in this video is an ideal starting point for making your way into signature SRV-licks.
Training your technical guitar skills with standard guitar exercises, such as going up and down the chromatic scale, can literally drain your progress as these exercises have nothing to do with making real music. So what if you could have an exercise that’s both fun, efficient to practice and useable in your blues playing right away.
In this video you will not only learn a very powerful and fast blues lick in the key of E (SRV style), we’ll also look at how you should practice fast blues licks on guitar to nail speed without any problems.
Teaching yourself incorrect things is one of the main reasons why so many self-educated guitarists don't get far and unfortunately give up over time. It’s therefore highly important to gain knowledge about all the possible bad guitar habits you might run into during your guitar development.
The picking hand is in general the most difficult hand to develop as a guitarist. In this video we’ll investigate the best ways to hold the guitar pick for both speed and accuracy.
Most people think they need hundreds of hours of practice in order to never make mistakes anymore. What if I say that you can shave off many of those practice hours, simply by understanding the inner workings of efficient guitar playing mechanics. In this new video I will walk you through the procedure to automate your picking hand.
Imagine handing over a random (but identical) scale to a blues player and a rock player. I don’t think that it would come as a surprise that even though they are playing the same notes, the sound coming out of their amps will be completely different. If you want to sound bluesy, you will need a method that will guide you towards speaking the language of the blues.
Ever wondered how you can master your guitar skills on the go? You will be surprised how many elements of your guitar playing you can practice without the need of having your instrument at your disposal! In this video you’ll learn 5 fundamental ways to practice guitar without a guitar.
Do you want to create your own unique blues guitar licks without sounding like everybody else? A lot of people falsely believe that they need more knowledge about scales, arpeggios and/or modes in order to sound more unique. Instead of going on a quest to gather new information all the time, you need to develop the skill of squeezing every bit of emotion out of the ‘simple’ notes. Therefore I'll present you in this video the best strategy to make your own unique sounding pentatonic blues licks.
Guitarists such as Robben Ford, Scott Henderson and Matt Schofield know how to squeeze every bit of emotion out of the notes they play. The good news is that this outside playing is very attainable if you know perfectly what you are doing. In this easy to understand blues fusion guitar lesson, we’ll use the pentatonic scale as a framework were tense and twisted notes are built upon.
If you would lose your sight right now, would you still be able to play guitar? As guitar players, we need to overcome that false sense of security which is provided to us by looking at the fretboard. We want to be able to control our movements without the help of sight, because it means that you feel the distance, you feel the movement, you feel the music.
For a long time, postwar blues solos were played with only one single scale. If you listen to blues legend Albert King for instance, you’ll notice that there are only 5 notes being played in his solo improvisations. It is a necessity to build upon that fundamental scale by adding notes that can make your solo more blues flavored. That’s why we’ll go over the all-time favorite scales for blues players in the this video.
To experience the best and fastest development as a guitarist you have to start practicing with a strategy instead of playing mindless exercises. In this video we therefore zoom in on how to train guitar technique correctly in 3 simple steps so you can attain mastery over the instrument.
Comping is one of the most important aspects to develop your overall blues skills, but sadly it is an often overlooked part of playing the blues. Knowing the fundamentals of blues comping is something you just have to know, not only for your blues rhythm skills but also for your lead playing skills. In this video lesson you'll learn what it takes to get started with the principles of blues comping.
When working on the right technical aspects of guitar playing, you will find that over time, your creativity, improvisation and self-expression will improve. As guitar technique should be looked as a ‘roadblock’ between you and the music that needs to be removed, I’ll teach you a blues pentatonic string skipping exercise that will help you in removing that roadblock.
There is one big obstacle that almost all aspiring guitarist face: They are always on a quest to gather information about scales, modes, arpeggios, etc. but when it comes down to combining all these puzzle pieces when soloing, they seem to choke. In this video you learn one of the best possible routes you can take to mix your scales, modes and arpeggios into one big blues run.
Are you struggling to come up with great sounding guitar riffs? You are not alone. In fact, many good guitarists are having a hard time coming up with creative riffs. In this video we'll start from the basic blues scale and progressively add elements to turn it into evil sounding rock & metal riffs.
The skill for being able to switch between any two particular chords is actually a bit more of a methodical & slower process than most people think. That is why it takes a LONG time to master chord changes. The GOOD news is that if you know exactly how to practice these chord switches you can cut huge amounts of time! In the above video you’ll learn one exercise that will help you fix all your guitar chord switching problems once and for all.
Volume swells are one of the most powerful and key techniques to create a mesmerizing effect with guitar. Although it’s not uncommon to hear the violining technique being used in music, still a lot of aspiring guitarists miss out on this technique. But what is the secret to create this enchanting effect? In this video you’ll learn everything you need to know to apply the volume swells into your own blues guitar playing.
A lot of people will tell you that you need the thumb wrapped around the neck of the guitar so you can have more power and control over your bends and vibrato. But then other people will tell you a completely different story and claim that the thumb placement behind the neck is the best option as it will give you more stretch to perform complex technical elements. So what’s the correct approach now? In this video you’ll discover the best guitar thumb position for you
Did you ever stop to wonder what exactly made a solo so convincing when listening to your favorite blues guitarists? In this video I’ll go over the three most important steps you should take in order to get that convincing, impressive and professional blues sound in every note you play.
Not a lot of people are aware of the facts that I’m about to instruct you on in this video, but these can completely ruin your blues guitar soloing. You might be the best technical guitar player, but as soon as you grab ‘the wrong’ guitar to play a certain technique it will sound out of tune and the outcome will sound amateurish.
It is hard to deny the fact that Pink Floyd's David Gilmour is a master in the art of string bending. Therefore, enriching your bag of guitar tools with Gilmour’s string bending technique is something every guitarist should do. In this video you'll be learning about the different types of Gilmour’s recognizable string bends
Ever wondered how hose typical 'bluesy sounding notes' are created on the guitar? If you would analyse these great sounding notes, you would come to the conclusion that these notes aren’t always in tune. This might sound weird, but it’s all due to the art of guitar playing and how the guitar works. In this blues video I’ll teach you how to turn your normal notes into really cool and bluesy sounding notes.
At the heart of every famous blues guitarist are cliché tricks that make everything connected, alive and most of all very bluesy. As an inspiring blues guitarist it is therefor a necessity to learn these technical cliché tricks to make your playing style fit the blues scene. You will be surprised how good the vital blues tricks explained in this video sound:
There are certain hacks that can save you hours of study and frustration AND will provide you with the skills to start enjoying using the modes in your blues guitar soloing right away. In this video you'll learn a golden trick that will open the door to the mixolydian mode in your blues guitar playing.
Although you might have heard of modes to spice up your blues guitar playing, the theory behind this modal blues guitar playing can easily sound really confusing. In this video you'll learn the absolute most easy approach to add ‘the dorian mode’ to your blues guitar solos. This way you will be able to create more interesting sounds in your guitar playing immediately.
When you first learn to play blues rhythm, it’s normal to play standard blues riffs and chords. However if you want to go deeper into the world of blues guitar and explore other options and possibilities you'll need to look at playing more ‘complex’ chords as well.
Missing out on the fundamentals of blues rhythm playing can really harm your overall progress. The downtown blues shuffle riff is one the of the most important elements in blues guitar playing as it is part of rhythm and lead. In this video lesson I go from the very basics of a downtown shuffle to the high advance methods to integrate this into your own blues playing.
Unless you are an absolute beginner, it are not your guitar skills that are holding you back to successfully participate in a blues jam session. But when you aren't aware of the exact scenarios you might run into, it is of course a nerve wrecking thought to dive into a jam session. Wouldn't it be great to learn all the essential knowledge in an easy to understand way? In this video I'll take you through all the necessary steps to perform in a blues jam so that you know exactly how to prepare yourself.
As a guitarist it is essential to be able to name every note on the guitar in a split second. Music happens in 'real time' so you don't have time to think a lot. Therefore, permanently memorizing the notes on the guitar neck is a crucial aspect in achieving complete freedom when playing guitar.
Guitar students are trying to sound the same as their blues guitar hero's, but they have no clue that they are actually speaking a completely different language. In fact, study reveals us that 95% of all guitar students are held hostage by the pentatonic scale. This is such a shame as they will never obtain the melodic sounds of the blues guitarists they are looking up to. That is why you need to learn about targeting the most important notes in each individual chord of the standard 12 bar blues progression.
Playing the same old and boring chords over and over is very monotonous and it is a frustration shared by many aspiring guitarists to stay stuck in this rut. There are on the other hand plenty cool sounding and essential minor blues rhythm examples that are important to learn. In this video you'll learn one of the absolute best minor blues concepts that will really spice up your blues playing.
Are your bored by the thousands of mindless guitar technique exercises that are found online? It can be very monotonous and because of this very frustrating when you have to repeat your finger exercises over and over again. There are however a lot more enjoyable methods of practicing your blues technique.
If you’re looking to really advance your blues riffs, it is essential that you know exactly how to approach this step. Merging the style of funk with the blues is the key to make it sound really aggressive and dynamic. In this video I explain the method on how to 'funk up' your blues playing and increase you creativity when playing blues riffs:
Many intermediate guitarists get stuck playing only the minor pentatonic scale over blues chords. But did you know that the minor pentatonic scale isn’t the best choice to play over a blues chord progression? It’s a fact that some of the notes in this scale will ‘clash’ quite a bit with the dominant seventh chord it’s being played over. This is also the reason why experienced guitarists don’t only rely on this minor pentatonic scale when their soloing in a blues context.
If you've learned a new blues lick in a certain key, it is crucial that you are not limiting yourself only to that key. As guitar licks can sound very different and often better in other keys, you need to know how to transpose your blues licks in the most efficient way.
Although gathering ‘new things’ is very important, it should not be your main focus if you are suffering from stagnating guitar skills. In this video I'll present you the best exercise that will help you in beating the guitar rut.
If you listen to the master guitarists of the blues, you'll notice that all these guitar players use the same cliché blues licks as tools to improvise. The key to not sound like everybody else is to use the method of making several smaller licks into one big, unique and powerful lick.
Are you having a hard time coming up with new and innovative blues rhythm parts? In this video you will learn how to transition from playing the same old blues riffs all the time, to being creative with combining both riffs and chords such as the real blues masters do.
If you look at the masters of the blues, they always have a continuous source of inspiration when they improvise. One of the tools they use to ensure that they always have something to play that sounds good is their bag of blues licks. Therefore building your repertoire of the best blues guitar licks is really essential.
As a blues guitarist it is essential that you look beyond the minor pentatonic scale and start to use more melodic approaches to blues guitar soloing. In this video you'll learn how to incorporate arpeggios in your blues guitar solos in order to create an own voice with your guitar.
One of the very fundamental aspects in becoming a good blues guitarist is rhythm. To many people neglect the importance of rhythm guitar and that is exactly why they are stuck in their development. In this video you’ll learn how to develop your rhythm and how to practice it the best way possible.
Building a repertoire of the best blues guitar licks is essential to rely on during improvisations. In this video you'll learn the most famous blues guitar lick that every blues guitarist need in their 'bag of tricks':
Most guitarists only think in scale boxes which leads them to being stuck on one spot of the guitar neck, unable to express themselves fully. The good news is that there is a different way to memorize and visualize the fretboard which is even more simple than the scale boxes you already know.
Intermediate blues solos often don’t sound very appealing because they sound like an incohorent bunch of notes or licks stringed together, instead of a melodic piece.In this video guide to melodic blues solos you’ll learn exactly how to sound more advanced in just a few minutes.
Learn how to move across the entire fretboard with ease in order to break out of the same old pentatonic boxes. With this essential blues guitar scale run, your lead guitar parts will elevate to a whole new level.
In order to avoid not having any clue what to play when someone asks you to play something for him, you need to develop your creativity. The process to get inspired to improvise is exactly what you'll learn in this video lesson.
Playing guitar with a real purpose instead of playing some random notes that don’t really mean anything is not hard to obtain with the right strategies. In this lesson you’ll learn how to plan out your play blues guitar solos in a way you can build tension and emotion such as the real blues guitar masters.
Most Guitar Students don’t know how to really use the tone knobs and toggle switch on the guitar to master their sound. But what if this lack of knowledge can turn your guitar solos in a dramatic and obnoxious sound. In this lesson you’ll learn what can go wrong and how to use the tone knobs and toggle switch properly to lift your guitar sound to a much higher level.
With the strategy and approach I explain in the video and article below, you’ll have a completely new view on how to play fast blues guitar solos. This highly effective blues guitar speed building scale will give you that speed everyone wants in their soloing with ease.
Most people forget that the picking hand is the driving force of your guitar playing and it’s this hand that needs to be trained in order to gain extreme accuracy in your playing. In this video I teach a student the best guitar picking exercise.
In order to gain full control over your blues guitar playing, you need a good and solid foundation of guitar skills. In every stage of your guitar learning process, you need to do a reality check on these foundational aspects. In this video we’ll take a closer look at your guitar vibrato technique.
To stand out from others, you need very good and developed guitar dynamics. In this video I go over the most important tools to bring your guitar playing to a completely new level. Get rid of these boring and monotonous guitar habits by using the guitar dynamic range to the maximum
Playing your guitar without the need to think what and where to play is the goal for almost every guitar student. In order to play guitar without thinking about scales, you need the right guidance or this will be impossible to figure out yourself. Watch the video above where I teach a student my best exercise and strategy on how to play guitar without thinking.
Practicing your blues guitar phrasing is all about gathering the right phrasing exercises and how to apply it in real music. In this video I go over the by far most important blues guitar phrasing exercise to drastically improve your lead guitar playing in no-time.
Making mistakes on guitar is the result of practicing your scales on guitar wrong, which will ruin your development as a guitarist. Most guitar students make the mistake of not practicing in the best possible way. Since they repeat each mistake, they are training their muscle memory the wrong way, which results in a guitar technique full of bad playing habits. In this video I go over what to practice and how to practice in order to get the best results possible on guitar.
Get rid of your thin guitar sound once and for all by learning about my method on combining hybrid picking and pedal notes. In this hybrid picking video lesson you’ll learn hybrid picking licks, patterns, exercises and a complete method on how to use these techniques freely during improvising.
Playing guitar always happens in real-time and the moment you need to think what to play next, you're too late already. That's the reason why it's very important to really understand the guitar fretboard and the inner connections between chords, scales, arpeggios, etc. In the video I explain how guitar intervals are the building blocks in music and how to use them to dominate your fretboard like a master blues guitarist
To become a very skilled blues guitar player you want to develop the capacities to put emotion into your playing. Otherwise you will sound fake and not interesting to an audience. In the video above I go over the most important exercise to train this ability
Why Playing Fast Blues Guitar Licks Is Easier Than You Think
Are you able to play lightening fast blues licks? In this video I will teach you a crucial fast blues lick in the style of Stevie Ray Vaughan. While learning licks for the sake of learning licks is not the best way to build up your guitar playing, I can tell you that this lick is an absolute game changer. By breaking down this lick note by note you will come to realize that fast blues guitar licks aren’t all that complicated to learn, they just require practice.
Playing just one scale while improvising over blues chords is easy, but it isn't the approach that most experienced blues guitarists choose. In this video you will learn how to change your scales to fit over the blues chords you are playing over.
Playing blues rhythm parts and guitar licks all at the same time is a great skill to have as a guitarist. However, this is something requires study to get into, but you will find that by breaking down each part of the licks/riffs you are playing you can master this style much quicker. In this video I will show you exactly how to play blues rhythm riffs and lead guitar licks at the same time.
When you want to improve your blues guitar soloing it is key to learn how to improvise solos that fit each chord you are playing over. In this video you see and example of a solo where each scale perfectly fit the chord changes I am playing over so that you can start to play more melodically mature blues guitar solos.
To have an audiece that's honetely interested in your blues guitar playing, you want to sound unique and creative. In this video you'll learn to use pedal tones on guitar in the form of open strings to boost your solo creativity.