Category: Video Tab

How To Make Your Blues Licks More Interesting

In this blues guitar lesson , I demonstrate a cool technique that can make your blues licks more interesting.

In the image below, you can see a preview of this blues technique. The first staff shows a basic blues lick (in E) without the micro pull-off, while the second staff shows the technique added. 

What do you think? I am very fond of this small concept, as it helps to make blues licks more interesting. You can practice this technique on a blues backing track in E here.

Enjoy!

Maarten

How To Play E7 Chord Workshop

Today, I posted a series of 4 videos, all about how to play E7, the dominant E seventh chord. 

The inspiration for this workshop arose after a student asked me about the E7 chord and how to play it on the guitar. 

The videos have an ascending difficulty from the basic level (video 1, how to play E7) to intermediate (video 2, my favorite voicings) to advanced (video 3: funk comping on one chord). The 4th video is the backing track for video 3. PDF’s below the video.

I hope you have fun with this chord workshop and funk guitar videos!

Practice these voicings on the E7 funk backing track in the video or this E shuffle blues backing track in E:

Download this jam track (FREE)

You can download this one chord jam track (E7) (in WAV format )  FREE  from my sellfy webshop here

More funk

If you like funky music, check out my bluesy funk soul track and solo here. 

Blues Shuffle Solo °1 in E(+Tab)

Blues solo in the key of E, with some licks in the style of the great Josh Smith. Guitar tabs (Free pdf) and video below.

About the video

In this short clip I’ll play an (improvised) blues guitar solo on my Fender Stratocaster, in the style of Josh Smith – at least a very humble attempt to play some of his amazing licks and ideas 🙂 When I take some inspiration from another guitar player, I try not to copy the licks exactly, but to work them into my own guitar playing. This 12-bar guitar solo is played in E major. The solo is mostly played in E major pentatonic, E major blues, E minor bluesHave fun with this texas-blues-style video and tab!  

Backing Track

You can find a longer video with the blues backing track here, or you can download the jam track from my sellfy store:

Gear
  • Guitar: 1994 Fender Stratocaster American Standard 
  • Amps: Fuchs Blackjack 21, Fractal AX8 Speakers: C
  • Celestion Creamback 212 
  • Strings: Ernie Ball Slinky 0.10 
Blues in A

If you’d like to explore a blues shuffle guitar solo in A, check it out here.