(PRWEB) June 18, 2014
“I want to talk about your blues soloing skills,” says Johnson, “I’m gonna let you in on a little secret, you actually don’t need to work on your alternate picking that much or your picking chops, they are not that important when it comes to playing blues.” Claude discuses what he says are the “important elements” to being a great blues guitarist as; vibrato, slides, bending, playing out of position, melodies, rhythm, hammer-on’s and pull-off’s. Claude continues by performing a classic blues phrase that uses all of these techniques that he demonstrates as follows; 5th fret of the 2nd string with first finger and do a hammer-on to the 7th fret and then a pull-off back to the 5th fret and then to the 7th fret of the 3rd string with 3rd finger, all of which is played as a triplet, then do a slide up to the 9th fret of the 3rd string with 3rd finger, 7th fret of the 2nd string with first finger and back to the 9th fret of the 3rd string with 3rd finger and finally end the lick with 7th fret of the 3rd string with first finger and do another hammer-on to the 9th fret and another pull-off back to the 7th fret and end on the 9th fret of the 4th string with 3rd finger. “We tend to separate lead and rhythm,” says Johnson, “the key to locking into the melody is getting the rhythm right.” Claude says that all of these elements are very important and you should work on all of them and the nice thing is that it does not take a long to time. Guitar TAB’s are available for this blues guitar lesson at GuitarControl.com.
Claude Johnson, a native of Philadelphia PA, began playing guitar in 1990 after being inspired by players like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He is the creator of GuitarControl.com and has helped 1000’s of people to learn to play the guitar with his critically acclaimed instructional DVD courses, all available at GuitarControl.com.
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