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The first thing I learned to play on guitar was the blues, and I guess that’s the case for the majority of guitar players. Blues has it all, it has a very expressive form and sound and is the best place to master the core elements of jazz playing, such as keeping the form, giving each chord its own sound and the use of substitutes.

One of the difficulties I had during my early years of guitar playing was transitioning from playing the minor pentatonic scale over the entire blues form to giving each chord its own sound and making the blues sound jazzy.

In this free lesson, I’ll show you how I started this transition from playing a “bluesy” blues to a more “jazzy” blues.