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Play Like Your Heroes: Blues Volume Two

Play Like Your Heroes: Blues Volume Two

Play Like Your Heroes: Blues Volume 2

Play Like Your Blues Heroes, Volume 2. Some of the finest blues features from Guitar Techniques magazine, all packed into a fantastic walleted issue. You get all this and more: play the Blues Shuffle feel (made famous by T-Bone Walker, Freddie King and Clapton); Power Trio ideas - Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, etc; Acoustic blues and Electric blues (four ability levels each); and seven individual style studies (Clapton, Peter Green, Michael Bloomfield, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin, Gary Moore); rounding off with 25 amazing licks that every blues-rock player needs to know!

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
€ 10,28(Incl. btw)

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3 min
35 blues chords... ...you’ll want to know!

Rhythm is what guitarists spend much more time doing than wigging out on solos. So being a decent chord player is vital. Get familiar with the five ‘essential’ shapes for Major 7th, Minor 7th and Dominant 7th chords, and then try some of the ‘useful’ shapes to get a bit more colour into your rhythm work. Roman numerals are often used to describe chords. This is because you can build a chord from each note in a scale, and the numerals refer to the interval from which the chord is built. In a blues in the key of A, the ‘home’ chord of A is the 1 chord (I in Roman numerals); the chord of D is the 4 chord (IV) as it’s built on the fourth note in the A…

3 min

Thanks for picking up a copy of our second Play Like Your Blues Heroes from the team at Guitar Techniques. As with Blues Heroes 1, we’ve trawled the GT archives for some of the best blues-based lessons from our exceptional roster of tutors and players. There’s so much great stuff here that it could literally keep you busy for months. We’ve tried to ensure a perfect balance of lessons, so you’ll find all this in the ensuing pages: a full feature on the shuffle rhythm beloved of bluesmen like T-Bone Walker, SR V, Freddie King and Clapton; a mega article showing how to sound big in a power-trio context; a pair of four-level lessons on acoustic and electric blues; seven in-depth style studies, and 25 classic blues licks everyone should know. Add…

8 min
the blues shuffle

T he ‘shuffle’ or ‘swing’ beat is a fascinating musical device that completely transforms the feel of a piece of music. Instead of a regular, even 1-2-3-4, the shuffle has an asymmetric pulse, alternating longer and shorter notes. Try playing only the first and third notes of a triplet (1-2-3) pattern, and you’re playing a shuffle or ‘swing’ rhythm, as heard in many a 12-bar blues jam – but there’s much more to the shuffle than that. “In the beginning, there was noise. Noise begat rhythm and rhythm begat everything else” Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead) Some of the earliest recorded examples of shuffle can be heard in the ragtime piano music of the very late 19th and early 20th century, in which the left hand plays a ‘straight’ bass pattern against a…

4 min
peter green

Fleetwood Mac founder and former Bluesbreaker, Peter Green was a pioneering musician and guitarist and a key player in the British blues boom of the 1960s. His exquisite touch, taste and passion were revered by his musical peers, and thus Peter has left an indelible imprint on the style of many guitarists who've followed in his wake. “Peter Green, he has the sweetest tone I ever heard,” said BB King of Green, who was born Peter Greenbaum in 1946 in London. Like many future guitar heroes his first instrument was a cheap Spanish hand-medown. With covers band Bobby Dennis And The Dominoes he developed a love for Hank Marvin and The Shadows, and melody would play a huge part in his work from that point on. He went on to play…

8 min
the guitar genius of eric clapton

Eric Clapton’s success was borne from– and remains firmly rooted in – his love of music. Eric was born in 1945, in leafy Surrey not too far from his illustrious contemporaries, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. His first experience of playing guitar, inspired by the rock and roll explosion of the late ’50s, was on a budget Hoya acoustic. This proved difficult to play and a sore-fingered young Eric quickly put it aside, as so many also would. Luckily, three years later he discovered the electric blues of BB King, Muddy Waters, Freddie King and more. Though it cost him his place at Kingston College of Art, Eric was now on his way, with a £100 Kay copy of a Gibson ES-335 by his side. Much busking and jamming in and…

6 min
four levels of acoustic blues

The aim of this feature is to improve your solo acoustic guitar playing and overall knowledge of blues vocabulary. You’ll find a wealth of classic licks and plenty of new ideas, whichever level your playing is currently at. The acoustic guitar strikes at the very heart of the traditional blues sound and you simply can’t beat it when looking for that smoky campfire party piece. We have split this feature into four levels, with a complete performance piece for each level. The techniques get steadily more advanced, and each piece builds on the vocabulary from the previous ones we’ve played. These ideas provide the basis for playing styles as diverse as Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton, Eric Bibb and even technical wizards like Tommy Emmanuel. “Using an acoustic guitar strikes at the very heart…