A New Approach to Teaching the Blues: Muse-eek Publishing Company Presents "Blues Campus" Video Course

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Most Blues video lessons just show a guitarist playing licks to be imitated and strung together. Muse-Eek’s “Blues Campus” is different: it explains the structure of the Blues, and breaks it down to its essential elements so that the individual’s style can emerge.

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Blues Campus Video Course contains three levels of study, all with their own videos and audio tracks to play along with.

The Blues is the foundation for Rock, R&B and Jazz, and as such it is the root of the most popular guitar styles in the world. Yet the video teaching of this art form has so far been limited to parroting the styles of others. Guitar Guru Bruce Arnold feels that expression is paramount to any music, and so he has created a course that frees a student from endless imitation, while getting a solid education in the form and theory behind the Blues. “If you don’t understand how the Blues is built, there are missing pieces in your comprehension,” Arnold explains. “Understanding form is crucial, and too many courses do not connect the dots. That keeps the student from understanding how to create his or her own music. They get stuck in a cycle of playing someone else’s licks and can’t break free.”

"Blues Campus" contains three levels of study, all with their own videos and audio tracks to play along with. These jam tracks are in all keys (playing along with each is an education in itself), and demonstrate 5 different kinds of popular blues progressions from basic to sophisticated.

The "Blues Campus" videos contain practical, easy to understand lessons that de-mystify the process of playing the blues, all in a friendly conversational style. All the necessary articulations like bending and hammer-ons, plus scales, chords, phrasing, comping patterns and chord progressions are covered. And of course, in each lesson, Mr. Arnold demonstrates his own prowess on the guitar; after all, if your teacher can’t play the way you want to, why study with him?

Downloadable charts, PDFs and assignments supplement the course, and along with this, the student has access to the formidable Muse-Eek FAQs and archive, a vast resource of music education, as well as the Members’ Area, which provides a forum for music discussion.

The teaching techniques Arnold offers have been honed from over 25 years of teaching at some of the USA’s most prestigious schools. (After attending the Berklee School of Music, he eventually became a teacher there and was voted best teacher of the year in 1986.) From there he has taught at the New England Conservatory, Dartmouth College, New York University, the New School and currently, Princeton University.

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