Guitar Lessons

Rock and Roll

Early Rockabilly can be boiled down to just a marriage of rock and hillbilly music. Some of it can be thought of as the orchestration of boogie piano. The other...

Rock Funk

The role of the bass player in a rock setting is critical -- you’ve got to lock up with the drummer rhythmically to establish the groove, and at the same time, ...

Slide Study

Slide guitar would not be slide guitar without Elmore James. He played in open D tuning a lot and that is what we are using on this tune as well. I love open D ...

Petite Tournesol

Fast tempos, instrumental virtuosity, ear-bending improvisations, advanced harmonies, complex syncopation, altered chords, chord substitutions, asymmetrical phr...

Memphis Moves

Being a phenom lead player is all well and good, but it’s one’s rhythm chops that keep the phone ringing off the hook. Rhythm Mojo’s musical focus is in the swe...

North Carolina

Years ago Steely Dan recorded Aja, and the opening song is called “Black Cow.” Larry Carlton is one of the guitarists featured on the record. The riff he used i...

Country Train

In this study, we’ll be focusing on behind the nut bending phrases along with some lines using harmonics, while playing over the familiar progression of E, A7, ...

C minor 6/8 Vamp

Jazz Rock fuses the tone, feel, bends, hammers and other rock-centric embellishments and expressions with the sophistication of jazz harmony and improvisation. ...

Voodoo You Do

The first time I heard Kenny Wayne Shepherd was on his break-out record Deja Voodoo, and I’ve composed a solo around the changes and groove of the title track o...

Bird Out

This is the end progression for the song “Hummingbird” that BB solos over. It’s a very common progression that can offer some cool ways to use chord tone soloin...

Highway to Angus

In this solo study, we’ll look at the legendary Angus Young from AC/DC. Their appeal cuts across genres, with hits in 2 different decades. What’s interesting is...

Sunny Side Up

Every bass player needs to know how to play walking bass lines. It’s THE foundation of jazz bass playing and dates back to the 1800’s when the sound was used by...

Dsus4 Tuning

Probably the most recognized open tuning, DADGAD, has permeated Celtic, American roots, blues, and fingerstyle genres, just to name a few. Many trace the tuning...

Somebody Loves Me

George Gershwin's "Somebody Loves Me", written in 1924, is one of the greatest of all the Standards. In this chord melody arrangement you will notice diatonic m...

The CAGED System

Hello TrueFire students and guitar fanatics! It’s been a while since my last Riff Journal lesson from the inaugural issue where we explored neo-classical style ...