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Here we are learning how to play the guitar solo from Robben Ford’s track ‘Help The Poor’.

Here is the second episode in our look at ‘Help The Poor’ by Robben Ford.

In this lesson we look at some more stunning blues vocabulary and also an introduction to the Altered scale which shows off Robben’s jazz vocabulary.

Well worth a look so you can add some spice to your blues playing! These lessons will be spanning over 5 weeks.

There is a free backing track available on request and the free transcription is available in the media section.

The piece we are looking at is Robben Ford’s ‘Help The Poor’ from his 1988 seminal album ‘Talk To Your Daughter’. For those of you looking to improve your technique, blues skills and blues vocabulary this is definitely worth looking at.

Good luck, have fun and remember to let me know if you need any help by sending me a message on here or at info@exeterguitarlessons.com

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Welcome back to guitar video lessons! Just in time for the new term! Sorry about my red face, my new vintage lamp above my head seems to come out red on camera!!! This lesson will be spanning over 5 weeks. There is a free backing track available on request and the free transcription is available at www.exeterguitarlessons.com The piece we are looking at is Robben Ford’s ‘Help The Poor’ from his 1988 seminal album ‘Talk To Your Daughter’. For those of you looking to improve your technique, blues skills and blues vocabulary this is definitely worth looking at. Good luck, have fun and remember to let me know if you need any help by sending me a message!

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The final lesson in our ‘Chitlins Con Carne’ series!

And I have a new camera and recording equipment! So you can hear me better man! The mic is in shot and my phone goes off (but it’s in the same key!). Not bad for a first attempt though!

Here we are looking at the tricky legato passage and also the use of an interesting 6th chord. Go easy with the exercise and as always let me know if you need any extra help.

Transcription is available in the media section!

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In this the 5th part of our study on Chitlins Con Carne we look where Kenny changes the feel to a Charleston Rhythm and focuses more on the major 3rd to imply a major tonality rather than the minor pentatonic in the previous chorus’. He also goes double time! Ahhhhh!!!! Get that metronome out, eat your weetabix and start shedding your scales! 

Click play below to find out more about this awesome solo! 


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Welcome back! Here is the fourth in a lesson series on ‘Chitlins Con Carne’ by Kenny Burrell. Last week we looked at the second chorus of the solo. There are free TABs/Notation in the download area.

Kenny stays in the minor pentatonic again with some smatterings of the blues scale. There are some sophisticated slick slippery lines (I love sibilance) where Kenny makes use of the slide legato technique. And also he delves further down the neck demonstrating he knows the pentatonic scale all over the neck. Why not try learning your pentatonic scales in as many places as possible.

Click play below to find out more!

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Welcome back! Here is the third in a lesson series on ‘Chitlins Con Carne’ by Kenny Burrell. Last week we looked at the first chorus of the solo. There are free TABs/Notation in the download area.

Kenny stays mostly in the same area for this solo. Keeping to the C Minor blues scale in the 8th, 10th and 12th position but using cool rhythms to create interest. He also uses a great little rhythmic devise called the reverse swing rhythm. Click play below to find out more!

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A quick look at the blues licks you can play in the 5 positions/areas of the Minor Pentatonic/Blues Scale on the neck. Commonly known as CAGED system, I prefer to refer to them as ‘areas’ as it encourages you to mix them rather than stay in one place on the neck. This opens you up to more creative playing and linear playing.

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The first in a lesson series on ‘Chitlins Con Carne’ by Kenny Burrell. This piece is a masterclass in how to play over a simple 12-bar blues. Stick with me as I take you through the piece one chorus at a time. There are free TABs/Notation in the download area.

There will be a new lesson posted every Friday until we finish the piece!

Here is the link to the 1963 album ‘Midnight Blue’ which was released on Blue Note Records.

Here is some info about Kenny himself! Very interesting sideman! **For All Things Kenny Click Here!**

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Time to get into the bulk of the piece with the first go around the chorus! Here he uses mostly the C Minor Blues scale but the rhythm is super sophisticated. There should be some really useful things to consider for your own solos here.

Here is the link to the 1963 album ‘Midnight Blue’ which was released on Blue Note Records.

Here is some info about Kenny himself! Very interesting sideman! **For All Things Kenny Click Here!**

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BEGINNERS SERIES – LESSON 2: Basic Right and Left Hand Technique

Here is the 2nd of the 5 videos for beginners! The next video will be availble on 16th September at 6pm and will be on ‘Learning The Fretboard’. Enjoy!

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