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The Blues Course
Learn how to play Blue Guitar and find our unique own sound
Meet Your Instructor – Henning Pauly
Henning has been playing guitar for over 30 years. He has produced a ton of albums, most of which he played guitar on. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with honors (summa cum laude) and studied Arranging and Sound Design.
He’s worked for 6 years in Los Angeles as a producer and jingle writer before moving back to Germany to continue as a producer before turning to his current adventures on YouTube.
His own releases cover a wide range of styles, but he is best known for his progressive rock and metal work on albums from Frameshift (with James LaBrie and Sebastian Bach), Chain, Roswell Six (Steve Walsh from Kansas, Sass Jordan, Michael Sadler), Psychic for Radio, Shadow’s Mignon and Henning Pauly.
After moving back to Germany in 2006 he started teaching guitar full time and gained 10 years of experience by teaching students from beginners to advanced levels. Many of his students went on to become professional musicians.
About The Course
It has been said that “playing the Blues” is a lot more than knowing a few chords and playing techniques—it is about attitude, phrasing, and having lived and grown up with the Blues that makes the genre what it is!
To that end, it would seem the common meme is true: you do not play the Blues, the Blues play you. It comes from within, and you must find that attitude within yourself and develop it.
So, if the music of the blues really cannot be taught by the numbers, how can you start your journey of becoming a musician of the Blues?
That is a great question, and here is the answer:
The Blues Course is a methodical approach that shows and helps you understand the flavors of the Blues in an applicable way that sounds cool, is fun to study, and most importantly: challenges you to try new concepts and licks.You heard correctly: no basic, formulaic licks that have been done to death everywhere on the Internet already.
Instead, embark on a journey and understand the elements of great Blues solos and riffs so that you can begin to build your own vocabulary that allows you to improvise anywhere you want on the fretboard.
BECOME A MASTER OF PENTATONICS
You will crush through the pentatonic scale in all positions everywhere over the fretboard and in different directions. Do not let these early pentatonic lessons fool you, not only are they solid building blocks to the Blues; the figures we cover will ramp up quickly, giving you plenty to get started practicing before moving on.
ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY
What is the point of playing the blues if your fingers cannot create the notes that reflect what you are trying to say?
This is where pentatonic sequences come in. These small elements are great to know because they act almost as short words that build sentences and can be used from every note in a scale.
These sequences are truly the key to always having something to play and, in otherwords, always have a way to express yourself musically.
BLUES SCALE MAJ 3
If you have been struggling to make your solos ‘bluesy’, then this is what you are looking for as the Maj 3 is extremely important to be able to use so that you can move in and out of different moods while playing.
BLUES SCALE b5
You may know where the b5 is in the box you learned it… but what about in another position? How about in every position? Yep—time to take this cool note and play some killer licks with it in all different positions so that you can start to have full blues freedom!
BLUES SCALE MAJ 6
This is where your color palette truly becomes unique. In combination with all the other notes you have learned at this point in the course, see how the Maj 6 can be incorporated to make complex sounding solos possible and fun to play.
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
If you are tired of running through the same old boring lessons on YouTube that show the same things over and over and are ready to pave your own road in playing the Blues, then look no further than The Blues Course.
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