Learn How To Play Guitar Arpeggios In A Blues Guitar Context
Are you trying to find new ways to make your blues guitar solos sound better? Know this: you are not limited to playing the same minor pentatonic patterns over and over while playing blues. Using arpeggios while soloing makes your playing sound more interesting and creative.
This video shows you how to make your blues guitar solos sound unique using arpeggios:
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Here are a few more ways to make your blues and classic rock guitar playing sound a lot better:
Lead Guitar Tip #1: Practice The Key Blues/Classic Rock Guitar Techniques
Here is the list of the most important guitar techniques to focus on:
- 2-hand synchronization
- Picking hand articulation
- Hammer ons/pull offs
- String bends
- Tremolo picking
- Double stops
- Muting excess noise
Lead Guitar Tip #2: Refine Your Guitar Phrasing
Phrasing is about “how” you play the notes you play. And since most blues/classic rock guitar players don’t play guitar very fast…
… it’s extra important to milk every drop of emotion out of every note you do play.
This eGuide helps you refine your guitar phrasing (for any electric guitar style).
Lead Guitar Tip #3: Study (Gasp!) Music Theory
Music theory explains why your favorite classic rock guitar songs sound awesome.
This helps you learn songs a lot faster and create the same emotions your favorite guitarists do when you write your music.
(You can do this without copying your favorite guitarists’ licks note for note.)
Note: Many guitar players (especially those who play classic rock guitar) confuse understanding music theory with learning to read music.
The two concepts are not at all the same. You can understand music theory without reading music (and vice versa).
Reading music doesn't help your classic rock guitar playing. Understanding music theory does.
The amount of music theory needed for classic rock guitar playing well is usually less than the theory needs of other musical styles.
That said, you must understand the fundamentals of music theory no matter what style you play.
Now that you know how to make your blues guitar playing sound better, the next step is to improve all your other musical skills and make everything about your guitar playing sound awesome.
I can help you a lot with this in my Breakthrough Guitar Lessons.
Here is how it works:
First, you tell me all about your guitar playing, your musical skills and your goals in a detailed evaluation form.
Then, I go to work for you. I create your lesson strategy and lesson materials that develop the skills you need to play guitar the way you want.
As you practice your lessons, I'm there for you to answer your questions, give you feedback on your playing and support you in any way.
- You can show me your playing every single day if you want – just post a recording of your playing on my student forum.
- You can also send me recordings separately for in-depth feedback on your playing and practicing on a regular basis.
- You can ask me questions and show me your playing every week in live video Office Hours. I hop on Zoom for an hour to help you with whatever you feel stuck on. You show me your playing (and ask about your guitar playing challenges) during this time and I help you.
- Every week I do live video training classes where I can see you play guitar as well and give you more personal help with your playing.
- Depending on what you write in your feedback form about each lesson (I ask you to leave me feedback about each part of what I teach you) I sometimes may ask you to send me a yet another recording of your playing. This way I get to see you play whatever you struggle with and can adjust your lesson strategy (if needed) to help you improve faster.
And if you do what I tell you for at least 30 minutes per day, you will very likely be highly pleased with the results.
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After playing around for a few months, I decided I needed a teacher. I had taken music theory classes in college. I understood a lot of the basics of music. I felt like I needed a jump start... something to get me going and keep me practicing every day. So, I’d been to the websites and YouTube, on my own, sort of seeking teachers and I came across Tom Hess, saw his videos, and so I gave that a shot.
The online guitar lessons are very high quality lessons, there’s plenty there to keep you going from lessons to lesson, it forces you to practice a lot to keep up with the lessons.
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I’ve had a few other guitar teachers before I took lessons with Tom, and most of them weren’t very good. And after reading a few articles online that Tom had written, I could tell that this guy was going to be the teacher for me.
The biggest thing that I really like is the actual guitar lessons themselves. I’m finding that I’m learning new things that I never even considered every single time I get a lesson. Something new to apply to my playing each time. But of course, I really enjoy the forum as well, because thanks to the lessons with Tom, I’ve been able to meet people from all over the world who have similar experiences and similar goals, so that’s been really motivating as well.
Before I took lessons with Tom I really didn’t like improvisation. I knew scales, and I knew kind of how they applied over chord progressions, but I just didn’t like it. Since taking lessons with Tom, some of the lessons are focused on that specific issue, and now I feel really comfortable about getting up in front of people and playing over any type of… in any key any backing track, I feel pretty comfortable doing that.
Tom actually knows what my goals are and gives me specific lessons that will help me achieve those goals. Other teachers that I’ve had before just do it their way… it’s either their way or the highway. And they don’t really care about what I wanted to do, and they didn’t really listen, and they didn’t really look into what I was doing or what my interests were and didn’t really play into that.
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The forum has helped me because I am able to ask any music theory related questions or technique questions and I get those answered very very quickly. And I also like to participate in discussions and help share my knowledge as well with other people, which when I do that I feel that it’s reinforcing the things that I know as well, so it helps with my music theory knowledge when I share as well.
Greg Trotter, Melbourne, Australia
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The level that I was at before I went to Tom for lessons was that I could play pretty fast, I could play sloppy, I didn’t know nothing about music theory, so I was kind of unbalanced, I was uneven. I was a good player technically, but I knew very little about music theory. So I wanted to even that out, and Tom has helped me, not only evening that out, but also exceeding my expectations. So now I’m playing at a level that I didn’t expect that I could play at. So that’s... I’m very happy with that.
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“I just love guitar lessons with Tom, he literally takes the time to make a specific lesson plan and sends you lessons as you need it.”
My last lesson I took with a local guitar teacher before joining Tom, I was struggling with a sweep picking pattern, which was the 5 string root major, I was really struggling to get the rolling technique down. I took it to my guitar teacher and I was like “Help me with this, I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.” This is his exact phrase: “At high speeds, it doesn’t really matter if you can play it clean or not, no one can hear it anyway.” At that point, I was just like, “Ah man.” But thankfully, in that same message, he mentioned Tom’s name. Then the doors opened. That very night, I went home and looked at every single lesson Tom had, had my guitar in hand, every YouTube lesson on you know “correct motions”, “play this over chords”... just applied it instantly, and it was instant results within an hour... just from his free stuff. I was like, oh man, I’ve got to do lessons with this guy.
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The material is specifically done for your individual needs, to reach your goals. You can always put up new goals. You can have feedback on your playing, see your weak areas and strong areas. Tom cares a lot about his students. He always reviews and watches how I am progressing so we can review material, step by step.
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