Announcement: Helps Guitarists Play a More Dynamic Blues

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To help learning guitarists build their repertoires of dynamic lead guitar licks and riffs, recently shared a new blues lesson from guitarist Jimmy Dillon.

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As a one man band, which is what you are when you’re playing the acoustic guitar alone, you want to have some flavor and color.

In the lesson, Dillon covers some useful blues “turnarounds” - brief interludes composed of a few chords or notes that can spice up guitarists’ playing. These turnarounds help fill the space between parts of a song, like when alternating between a verse and a chorus. Also, blues turnarounds are commonly used to bring closure to a song.

“As a one man band, which is what you are when you’re playing the acoustic guitar alone, you want to have some flavor and color,” Dillon says in this blues lesson. To help guitarists make their blues playing more interesting, he demonstrates some blues riffs and leads that can be played along with a standard rhythm. By filling in the space with the lead techniques in this lesson, guitarists can bolster their original songs and even get new life from blues staples.

Dillon demonstrates how to play blues turnarounds up and down the neck of the guitar. He also provides alternate ways to end each riff, depending on the effect the musician wants to achieve: sometimes a guitarist may want to build drama during the lead-in to an important or loud part of a song, while other times they may want to end a song with a whisper. Dillon explains that by adding these leads to song, guitarists add drama and “spikes” when playing acoustic blues.

A Michigan native and founder of the Blue Star Music Camps, Jimmy Dillon plays and teaches a variety of musical styles including blues, rockabilly, latin, funk, and country music. Dillon has released five albums worth of original material and covers, and as a backing musician has supported artists like Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. In addition to the duet he performed with blues legend John Lee Hooker, Dillon has performed alongside Sting, Joe Cocker, Buddy Guy, BB King, and many more.

About is packed with resources, video tutorials and lessons, articles, and affordable DVDs to help new guitarists learn and experienced guitarists master their instruments. Guitarists of any experience level find guitar lessons from instructors with a broad array of music backgrounds and styles - blues, jazz, metal, classical, folk, progressive rock, punk, and everything in between. Guitarists can find relatable, easy-to- follow videos regardless of their ability or musical tastes.

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