Blues Jam Tracks
Multiple Tempo’s and all 12 Keys
So you wanna be a great blues guitarist? I’ll let you into a little secret and I’ll keep it simple. Here it is. Ready? …
“There isn’t a secret!”
It’s not rocket science, there’s no black art, there’s no trick, no special magic, no “7 things the pros don’t want you to know,” and most important of all … NO Shortcut. Now wake up, get real and make a simple decision. Do you want to be a great guitarist or not? If so, stop d***ing about and read on. Below is a very short, important lesson that will cost you nothing!
How to play blues lead guitar
I do get frustrated at some of the nonsense I see when it comes to selling guitar learning products, especially online. Some of these things actually hold you back, not make you better. If you want be able to play blues solos with confidence and sound good, the answer is actually quite simple, you just do what every other guitarist has always done. Learn the pentatonic and blues scales, learn a bunch of licks, learn a few solos and then simply jam and practise like a maniac. That is it! Do this, stick with it and you WILL reach your goals. You could be turning peoples heads within a year or less. It takes nothing but a bit of effort.
Surely there must be more to it than that?
Well that depends. If your goal is to be the next Robben Ford or Larry Carlton then yes, but let’s get real. Guitarists like this aren’t your typical bluesers. They go way beyond blues .. but here’s the thing. They didn’t start out like that, they progressed slowly, very slowly, from the basics. One thing they have in common is they all start out in exactly the same way we do. Clueless! The principals however remain the same. They don’t just sit there practising scales, theory and technique all day waiting for something new to happen. They take what they learn and they apply it to music. They jam! So what about the rest of ’em? Let’s talk about the likes of Gary Moore, SRV, BB King, Clapton, Peter Green, Hendrix etc..
If you study these kinds of blues guitarists you’ll find one thing in common. Nearly every solo you hear them do is based on just a few things. The pentatonic / blues scales and licks and ideas that they have become familiar with by repetition. There isn’t much that’s simply “pulled out of the air”. Everything they do is based on one simple fact. They have played it so much that it’s embedded in them. They are at a stage in their playing that they are using their ear to guide what they play. This is almost on a subconscious level and it only happens because they have trained their ears and brains by doing the same thing over and over. They have jammed like f*$*”#g maniacs! You cannot do this to silence. There has to be a backdrop. Whether that’s a real band, a jamming partner or Jam Tracks. Whichever route you take you have to jam and you have to do it a lot. Everyday if you can, Whether that’s half hour a day of a few hours a day. If you want to get good at this then there is no other way around it.
So here’s the deal!
I could go on for hours trying to explain this but I’m not sure I’ll convince you too easily. You either already know this or you don’t. If you’re at the stage where you understand all of this then just jump in. Get the jam tracks and go do what you know you gotta! (Although check back because there’s more coming).
Right now this website is brand new. As a full member you get all the jam tracks in all 12 keys that you can download or play online. I also plan to add more jam tracks, licks, solos, riffs and lessons. This isn’t going to happen over night. What I am including however is a forum which you can access as a free member and ask any question you like. I’ll give you tips, advice and answer questions you have about learning and improving your guitar playing. This is an experiment. You help me and I help you. How can you help me? By asking stuff. The more I hear from you, the more I know what content to add to the site.
To join, just sign up as a free member to get access to a selection of the jam tracks and access to the forum. A paid membership upgrade will also be an option if you want all of the jam tracks and everything else to come. This will be a yearly subscription but will never be overpriced. My plan is to make it about £25 per year, about the cost of a single guitar lesson. But right now, that price is going to be £5 to get all of the jam tracks including the download.