Announcement: Releases “Learn How to play outside in a Blues Context - Blues Guitar Lesson”

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In this blues guitar lesson sample video, now available on, Jacques Darville teaches how to play outside of the blues scale.

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You may have heard this term before, play outside, it has nothing to do with playing the guitar under the tree outside.

“You may have heard this term before, play outside, it has nothing to do with playing the guitar under the tree outside,” says Darville, “it has to do with what you are playing on the guitar, which is going outside of the root or main key”. This is simply done by taking the minor pentatonic scale or the blues scale and just playing it a half step up or down. “Even though the song you are playing over may be in the key of A, by playing up a half step you are playing outside”, says Darville, “you don’t want to overdo this, you kind of want to do it with a little thought.” Jacques says that you don’t want to play the entire solo a half step sharp, but to use it sometimes to grab the attention of the listener at the best time. When using this technique you always want to be sure to end your lick on a resolving note back in the original key. Playing outside is sometimes referred to using passing tones, which is a real easy way to add flavor to your solos. Jacques plays several different licks using this idea so even the novice guitarist can get some inspiration to add this style to their playing. Guitar tabs are available for this easy beginner blues guitar lesson at

Jacques Darville
Jacques Darville is Danish born American who specializes in both acoustic and electric blues. Jacques has taught guitar and music for over 16 years. He is a graduate of Oakland University in Detroit Michigan where he earned his B.A. in music/performing arts. Jacques currently resides in Copenhagen Denmark where he teaches guitar to students of all ages, and actively plays with his band, Darville Duo. In addition to having a great deal of recording experience, Jacques has also toured in the USA, Denmark, Holland, Austria and the Philippines, both as a solo artist and with different bands.

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