Category Archives: Blues Guitar

Blues By The Bar – Review

Author: Chris Hunt
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

This is another blues licks / solos book with a bit of a twist. The content is easy to follow and pretty much jumps straight into simply learning a bunch of licks, but in an organised fashion. All the examples are played over a single chord progression with two common variations and all in the same key.

The idea is to learn a bunch of licks that work over each section of the chord progression. For instance, you get about fifteen licks for bars one and two, ten licks for bars three and four, ten licks for bars five and six, etc.. Continue reading

Blues Solos For Guitar

Author: Keith Wyatt
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Blues Solos For Guitar

When I look through a new book I’ve just purchased, I normally spend some time looking through all the pages, listening to the CD (if there is one) and then maybe have a little work through one or two of the examples if something inspires me at the time. All in all, I don’t actually buy guitar books with the intent of working through the whole thing straight away, if ever. The hour or two I spend when I first look through it, tells me what I want to know about a book, how good it is and how much I can gain from it. This information gets logged in memory until the time comes that I feel inspired by something, which makes me want to go grab an appropriate book for some serious guitar practice. So why am I telling you this? Continue reading

8-Bar Blues: Inside the Blues Series

Author: Dave Rubin

I must admit, I don’t own a single book by Dave Rubin but I’m definitely going to be checking him out. He has a few books on offer and they mostly get good (although few) reviews. This one caught my attention just because of the title. 8 Bar Blues, now there’s something I bet a lot of us don’t practice as much as we should. It’s not that 8 bars requires a different understanding or anything but if it’s something you don’t do often then the ear tends to want to gravitate to the 12 bars we’re so used to.

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12-Bar Blues Solos

25 Authentic Leads Arranged for Guitar in Standard Notation and Tablature

Author: Dave Rubin

This book doesn’t give away much info on the Amazon page other than it’s based around 25 authentic blues guitar solos for the beginner to intermediate guitarist with licks and arrangements. There’s no “look inside” so the only thing to go on is a single five star review but the reviewer mentions the CD comes with each example as the solo track as well as the play along jam track.

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Blues Lead Guitar Solos

Author: Wayne Riker

Some authors and publishers really don’t do themselves any favours. Browsing through the guitar books at amazon I found this, Blues Lead Guitar Solos by Wayne Riker. The only thing that caught my attention was on the tiny thumbnail of the cover it says “solos” right after the main title. I like books that just give hands on workouts, I’m rarely interested in anything more than short explanations or theory unless it’s quite advanced, just give me licks, exercises and full solos to rip apart and get new ideas from, this way you’re more likely to get something much more useful than the rehashed content you begin to expect from the majority of guitar books.

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