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Happy 4th of July from Canada my american brothers and sisters. I thought it was only appropriate since this year “Live Lesson Wednesday” fell on the 4th of July, we should learn the Star Spangled Banner. It’s actually a super easy melody to play in the key of G!

A melody is what the singer is singing. It’s what sits on top of the chords to a song. When you hum to yourself, that’s a melody. When you whistle, that’s a melody. A melody is the part of a song that gets stuck in your head. + Read More

Steppin’ Out – 1960’s Guitar Lesson – Eric Clapton Blues Guitar Lesson

Back in the 1960’s there were a few songs that you had to learn to be taken seriously as a guitarist. These songs were often considered to be a “right of passage” for guitarists. Killing Floor by Howlin’ Wolf was one of these songs. At the time, Killing Floor was one of the more technically challenging songs (Especially at the speed people like Hendrix started playing it at) Steppin’ Out was also one of those technically challenging, impressive songs.

Since the 1960’s, the guitar has obviously evolved and gotten much more technical. Those songs that were technically challenging at that time, have now become the foundation and back-bone of modern guitar. So if you want to improve your guitar skills, and become a well-rounded guitarist, you have to go back and learn what the guitar was. + Read More

3 Keys To Unlocking The Blues:

1st Key: Rhythm
Rhythm is a huge part of music. Without rhythm, harmony and Melody are lost in a sea of confusion. With no timing to control them, Harmony and Melody will clash and never blend. When it comes to the blues, rhythm is also super important. Rhythm is the driving force that connects the audience to the blues. While the lyrics of the blues speak to your mind, the rhythm of the blues speaks to your soul.

2nd Key: Fret board road map.
To express your blues, you have to have a decent understand of a few scale shapes. I know what you’re thinking. The blues is MORE than scales. And I agree. But without the right notes, you won’t be playing the blues. + Read More

Learning the Pentatonic Scale is like getting the keys to the guitar highway. On the guitar, the pentatonic scale is more than a scale. It’s a map. It’s a network of roads and passages that can take you across the neck in any direction you choose. But here’s the catch: there’s 5 shapes that each contain 12 things to memorize and master.

Seems a bit daunting, I know. As a guitar teacher that has witnessed countless people go through the process of learning all 5 positions, I understand it’s intimidating! Well here’s the good news about scale shapes and chord shapes on the guitar. When you first look at them, they’re just shapes. + Read More

The Blues is one of the most important genres to learn on the guitar. It doesn’t matter what kind of music you want to play, every genre benefits from having a little blues and souls pushed into it.

The problem with Blues guitar is that it’s a hard genre to play! Besides the basic blues open chord riffs most of us got down while we were first learning how to play the guitar. Soloing being the hardest part of the blues.

As a guitar teacher, I know first hand that there are a ton of people out there that want to learn how to play the blues on the guitar. Learning a blues solo note for note is essential to learning some “Blues Vocabulary” on the guitar. The problem being: Most blues solos are way out of reach for a beginner! + Read More

Everybody has an inner-bluesman/woman inside them somewhere. Believe me as a guitar teacher. Tons of people come to me for one-on-one lessons to improve their blues playing. There’s another group of students that don’t even realize they like the blues. But I’ll show them a quick blues riff, and their face will light up. Everybody’s got the blues. So learn a couple easy blues riffs so that you too can play your blues away.

In this beginner blues guitar lesson, I go over 2 songs by the legendary blues artist known as Muddy Waters. Muddy was a true original of the blues that really changed what the blues could be. He’s contributed countless amounts of amazing songs that were copied again, and again, and again to this day. + Read More

How To Play Blues Rock Rhythm Guitar – Get ready to rock out and rip it up! Grab your axe and let’s learn some classic rock licks. You might have picked this up already…But tons of classic rock is totally based off the blues. So this is a blues lesson in disguise! By learning some Beatles, Zeppelin, and Hendrix, you’ll be doing your blues chops a favor!

The guitar is a great instrument to improvise on. It’s actually one of the easiest instruments to improvise with. By learning a basic pattern, and concreting your knowledge of a few extra notes around the pattern, you’ll be able to improvise. Endless, chunky, blues and classic rock riffs will be flowing from your hands! You’ll surprise yourself! + Read More

How To Play Blues Rock Rhythm Guitar – Get ready to rock out and rip it up! Grab your axe and let’s learn some classic rock licks. You might have picked this up already…But tons of classic rock is totally based off the blues. So this is a blues lesson in disguise! By learning some Beatles, Zeppelin, and Hendrix, you’ll be doing your blues chops a favor!

The guitar is a great instrument to improvise on. It’s actually one of the easiest instruments to improvise with. By learning a basic pattern, and concreting your knowledge of a few extra notes around the pattern, you’ll be able to improvise. Endless, chunky, blues and classic rock riffs will be flowing from your hands! You’ll surprise yourself! + Read More

Music has a tendency to evolve to fit the current state of the world. I don’t know about you, but I find that super interesting! In this blues guitar lesson, let’s explore how the blues evolved!

This lesson has something for everyone. It starts off in beginner land, then moves to intermediate land, and ends with a few advanced techniques sprinkled in. + Read More

Welcome to Wednesday night at 8pm EST. Where Campfire Guitar Star does a free live guitar lesson. This is a great opportunity for you to ask guitar related questions to a pro! Not to mention the fact that it’s also a guitar lesson full of new content for you to get down.

This weeks live lesson is all about the blues. The blues is at the base of every genre of western music. So even if you aren’t a blues player, you need to learn at least a bit of blues guitar. But you’ll be surprised, the blues is a soul enriching, feel good genre to play on the guitar. There’s just something about the guitar and blues. The 2 go together like Peanut butter and Jelly. It’s also easy, due to the shape-based nature of the guitar. + Read More

I wish I could see the look on your face the first time you tune down to Open G and give the open strings a strum. Pure Magic. Even the open strings are an incredible sounding chord.

Some of the most compelling guitar riffs are in Open G tuning. You need to tune your guitar down into open G, and join the party! It’s amazing how easy it is. The techniques, chords, and scales are much simpler. It’s almost like an “easy” button for the guitar! + Read More

Blues music has a roll to it. There’s a pulse to the blues that pulls any listener in. Even if they claim to not like blues music! There’s just something about the rhythm that resonates deep within a human’s core. Blues music can sometimes feel like it’s rattling your soul!

The chords and scales that the blues utilizes also play a huge part in connecting with the audience. But in today’s lesson, I’m really diving deep into the world of rhythm. + Read More

Guitar tone. Guitar players throw that word around alot. But what exactly does it mean? This is what I’m going to cover in this lesson. Specifically, I’m going to be covering lead guitar tone in this guitar lesson.

Make sure you watch the whole thing and listen to these tips! If you’ve ever been unsure about what you do with the pick up selector and tone knob on your electric guitar, get ready to be educated. + Read More