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How to Play the Blues Like Skip James

Posted by Kelsey Holt on

Skip James used open D minor to create insistently repeating musical motifs, often based on just one or two chords, for hypnotic effect. Use the song "Devil Got My Woman" to start working through double-stops and steady bass in this lesson.

 

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How to Play the Blues Like Skip James

Posted by Kelsey Holt on

Skip James used open D minor to create insistently repeating musical motifs, often based on just one or two chords, for hypnotic effect. Use the song "Devil Got My Woman" to start working through double-stops and steady bass in this lesson.

 

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A Modern Picking-Hand Study by Muriel Anderson

Posted by Kelsey Holt on

“Night Lights” also works well as a solo piece, as Anderson demonstrates on harp guitar on her most recent album, Eclipse. And taken on its own, the accompaniment part for “Night Lights” is a satisfying picking-hand study—one that will have you breaking out of familiar patterns.

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A Modern Picking-Hand Study by Muriel Anderson

Posted by Kelsey Holt on

“Night Lights” also works well as a solo piece, as Anderson demonstrates on harp guitar on her most recent album, Eclipse. And taken on its own, the accompaniment part for “Night Lights” is a satisfying picking-hand study—one that will have you breaking out of familiar patterns.

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Play Like Mississippi John Hurt

Posted by Kelsey Holt on

Hurt’s guitar accompaniments were generally short and melodic, but he hardly ever played two consecutive verses exactly the same way. In demonstrating his style of playing, John Sebastian, the jug band and rock’ n’ roll veteran, zeroes in on the pocket (rhythmic feel) and riffs that make Hurt’s music move.

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Play Like Mississippi John Hurt

Posted by Kelsey Holt on

Hurt’s guitar accompaniments were generally short and melodic, but he hardly ever played two consecutive verses exactly the same way. In demonstrating his style of playing, John Sebastian, the jug band and rock’ n’ roll veteran, zeroes in on the pocket (rhythmic feel) and riffs that make Hurt’s music move.

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Cultivate Your Standalone Guitar Skills

Posted by Kelsey Holt on

If you’ve ever tried to compose or arrange music for solo guitar, you know it’s no simple task. But, like anything else on the instrument, it’s achievable with a little guidance and some hours of dedicated practice. In this month’s Weekly Workout, you’ll learn a few fundamental solo-guitar concepts that will get you started and leave you with enough tools to continue developing at your own pace.

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Cultivate Your Standalone Guitar Skills

Posted by Kelsey Holt on

If you’ve ever tried to compose or arrange music for solo guitar, you know it’s no simple task. But, like anything else on the instrument, it’s achievable with a little guidance and some hours of dedicated practice. In this month’s Weekly Workout, you’ll learn a few fundamental solo-guitar concepts that will get you started and leave you with enough tools to continue developing at your own pace.

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Learn to Play Fast by Practicing Slowly

Posted by Kelsey Holt on

The problem? You want to play with more clarity and precision—especially at faster tempos. Start by learning to play fast by practicing slowly; make sure that you play everything with 100 percent accuracy before bringing it up to tempo.

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Learn to Play Fast by Practicing Slowly

Posted by Kelsey Holt on

The problem? You want to play with more clarity and precision—especially at faster tempos. Start by learning to play fast by practicing slowly; make sure that you play everything with 100 percent accuracy before bringing it up to tempo.

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