10 Blues Soloing Strategies for Connecting What You Play To What You Feel
Good blues has humor, sex, danger; a good man feeling bad, a bad man feeling good, Lightning in a bottle — three chords and the truth! Great Blues guitarists connect with their listeners on an emotional level. In skilled hands, blues solos can evoke a whole range of human emotion.
As we aspiring players start developing our own soloing skills, we tend to think about what scales, arpeggios, or licks to use and that’s why we find ourselves playing more notes, but less music.
Keith Wyatt shares 10 distinctive blues soloing strategies and as much different approach in Free Hand Blues. You’ll learn how to “play what you feel” to spark emotional reactions and connect with your listeners.
”A single blues phrase can express power, romance, weariness, optimism, joy, despair – the whole range of human feelings.
How do you express desire? Frustration? Maintain an interesting musical conversation? Get your point across clearly? Fill the room with energy? Handle challenging music in a direct, bluesy way? Carry blues feels into other styles?
Start with what you want the listener to feel, and then line up the techniques and vocabulary to express it. I’ll show you how to craft solos by starting with the feelings that inspire you and then working backward to develop the musical tools that you’ll need to communicate them.
I’ve prepared 10 Free Hand Blues soloing studies, each focused on a key approach for building your solos following this principle.”
Keith Wyatt has been performing, recording, touring and teaching guitar professionally for over four decades. Keith directed the GIT guitar program, written best-selling instruction books, hundreds of articles, and released over a dozen full-length best-selling instructional videos. Keith’s online School of Blues Guitar, featured on ArtistWorks (our sister company) continues to be top-ranked and highly acclaimed.
You’ll have all of TrueFire’s advanced learning tools at your finger tips to personalize your workspace and learn at your own pace.
You can loop, slow down, or speed up any section of a lesson. Plus, all of the tab and notation is synced to the videos for the optimal learning experience. You’ll also get tab and standard notation files to print out, Guitar Pro files, and all of the backing tracks to practice with.
Grab your guitar, and let’s play some Free Hand Blues with Keith Wyatt!