The Joy of Playing the Blues (and What I Did About It) 1

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When I think about how the guitar, a truly remarkable instrument, has evolved through the years I am amazed. Even more-so, regardless of the multitudes of new stomp-boxes, effects, and “toys” that enter the scene, there’s no denying the love and devotion that tried-and-true guitarists have for that ever-elusive “tone.” The “tone” I refer to is what you hear when the Legends of Texas Blues Guitar pick up their axes and crank out their heart and soul.

Many people have been fascinated with the subtle nuances to the screaming solos you can find in Texas Blues Guitar, myself included. The joy of playing the Blues not only resounds in my playing, but it all started with the Legends like Johnny Winter, Freddie King, Albert Collins, and Stevie Ray Vaughan — my personal favorite and main influence — and trickled down in the playing of more modern day Blues Guitar wielders such as Derrick Trucks, Johnny Lang, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

I’m sure that you, like me, have found yourself wondering how these Masters of Texas Blues Guitar do what they do; if so, let me assure you you’re not alone. In fact, if you want to know the truth about it, to be able to play like the greats it takes practice, perseverance, persistence, and patience. But don’t fret (guitar pun not intended), there’s good news! Because once you discover just a few easy tips, tricks, and techniques, you’ll be on your way to playing screaming solos and killer licks like the Masters of Texas Blues Guitar!

In reality, it’s a lot easier to understand how to play new things once you learn how to break down solos and licks that you hear or see others playing. I’ll bet that when you watch your favorite Blues players ripping up a lengthy solo, 9 times out of 10 you see it, get overwhelmed, want to give up playing guitar altogether, and say to yourself, “I’ll never get how they do that. ” Usually, that’s due to the fact that you are viewing the guitar solo as one big, hulking mass of notes instead of dissecting it into smaller, bite-sized pieces you can “chew on” and comprehend better. Ever heard that old saying “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!”

I saw this problem among some of my students concerning guitar solo “gluttony” and as a result realized that once you learned a solo by breaking it up it’s a lot easier for the proverbial light bulb in your head to go off. So I decided it was time for someone to solve the problem — me — and designed an easy-to-understand, easy-to-learn instructional course for the genre of Texas Blues Guitar; more specifically, lead playing. Actually, the course is entitled Texas Blues Guitar by Eric Beaty. In this multimedia downloadable course, I take full-length solos and break them down into fully-transcribed tablature, teach you how to recognize what I call repeatable patterns — the essential tool in learning anything new — within those solos, and teach the viewer/student exactly how to create their own re-usable riffs and licks with the aid of basic Pentatonic and Blues Scales.

Though Texas Blues Guitar by Eric Beaty was created with more of the lead guitar player in mind, I allowed for some of the other elements that define the genre such as sections for the most important Blues chords, Rhythm playing, and — the main beef of the course — videos covering the essential tips, tricks, and techniques any aspiring Blues player needs to master Texas Blues Guitar and play with plenty of feeling and soul.

Through my humble beginnings being introduced to Texas Blues Guitar via Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble up until now, I have found much joy in playing the Blues and wish for the opportunity to impart the same joy to people all over the world; this is why I created Texas Blues Guitar by Eric Beaty. If you or a friend you know would like more information, just go to the Home Page. I look forward to seeing you there and hearing from you, and here’s hoping you discover your own joy in playing the Blues.

If you liked what you’ve just read, please do me a favor and leave a nice comment below.  Your input and participation is appreciated.  Thanks!

Best Wishes and Keep Practicing,

Eric Beaty

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