A beginners guide to the scales, licks, theory and technique needed to improvise - starting with the Blues!
By the end of this course you will be comfortable with the D blues scale, understand the 12 bar blues chord progression, develop some vocabulary and licks to use in your solos, learn a blues tune and start to improvise!


The Minor Pentatonic Scale

The scale that can’t be wrong…one of the most used scales in popular music

A Pentatonic Quiz

Can you apply the knowledge on scale spellings and minor pentatonic to different key centres?

The Blues Scale

When minor pentatonic becomes blues

Art Blakey's Moanin'

The coolest way to practice the blues scale...

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Art Blakey's Moanin' for Tenor

The coolest way of learning the G blues scale on tenor

The 12 Bar Blues Part 1

Popular music; It all started with the blues The 12 bar blues is one of the most common structures in popular music, from blues, jazz, R&B, rock...

The 12 Bar Blues Part 2

Taking the blues one step further

Three Easy Blues Solo Licks

Building a vocab In this lesson you will learn 3 different licks based on a D blues scale. Not only will you learn the notes needed, you will st...

Can you play what I play?

Ear training, I play – you repeat!! Developing an aural understanding of the vocab used in blues is essential. Now you know the notes, you can’t...

Shaping Your Solo

“it’s not the notes you do play, it’s the notes you don’t play” This lesson will introduce the idea of shape to a solo. ‘What to play’ is most m...