Master Expressive Blues Guitar Phrasing
165 Notated Audio Examples
Standard Notation and Tab
Original Backing Tracks
Breaks down musical feel and expression into learnable skills
Book Two: Melodic Phrasing focuses exclusively on the essential elements that will quickly develop feel, control and expression in your soloing and contains 165 notated audio examples to let you hear each important concept.
Too many teachers say that good musicians are “just feeling it”. This is never an acceptable explanation because it is possible to break down the concept of good feel and phrasing into tangible, teachable skills.
This is not just another lick book! The concept is that we all have the same 12 notes: it is how and when we play them that sets us apart as musicians. When we play the blues, we often only use 5 or 6 notes so phrasing and placement is everything.
This is the book that will teach you to ‘just feel it’.
The Complete Guide to Blues Guitar Book Two: Melodic Phrasing challenges our perception of what blues soloing is. No longer will you be ‘chasing licks’ around the fretboard; struggling because you couldn’t quite execute or remember the line you were reaching for.
In this book you will learn how to use fundamental rhythmic fragments to create and drive your solo forward. By focusing on rhythm and phrasing, and by learning to combine and develop these rhythmic building blocks, the melodies will take care of themselves.
This is a natural, organic approach to developing your guitar soloing where you learn to truly improvise and break away from the prison of ‘lick playing’ or just ‘exploring’ the minor pentatonic scale.
The most essential soloing skills are control of rhythm and placement. Good musicians can easily begin a phrase at any point in the bar. They are not tied to just the major beats and can use this rhythmic freedom to enhance their expression on the guitar. The Complete Guide to Blues Guitar Book Two: Melodic Phrasing goes into this concept in great detail and gives practical exercises that teach you precise placement and freedom to easily and spontaneously play at any point in the bar.
Great soloists are also masters of displacement. This is where we can use the same phrase or lick and begin it at different points in the bar for a completely altered meaning or sound. Using displacement it is easy to recycle and disguise the material you already know; twisting it to have new melodic effect and emotional meaning. In this way we can control and mask our licks, using rhythm to creatively break away from our locked-in patterns and become infinitely more expressive.
The lessons in this book are the difference between average and excellent blues guitarists. If you’ve been stuck trying to memorise licks and exploring pentatonic scales for a while, rhythmic and melodic phrasing is probably what you need to work on the most, and more often than not it simply isn’t taught.
The Complete Guide to Blues Guitar Part Two: Melodic Phrasing breaks down expressive musical feel and teaches it to you step by step. This is where you learn to ‘just feel it’