Larry Carlton's 335 Blues

Nineteen-time Grammy nominee and four-time Grammy winner, Larry Carlton is perhaps the most versatile and accomplished guitarist walking the planet to day. With over 3,000 sessions, 200 hit records and 100 gold albums to his credit, Carlton has his fingerprints indelibly imprinted on virtually every genre of music.

Mr. 335 also plays the blues like nobody's business. Better yet, Larry possesses an extraordinary ability to brilliantly communicate both the art and science of blues guitar. 335 Blues, Larry's first course in twenty years, imparts Carlton's philosophical, technical and musical approach in a genre rich with expression and improvisation - the blues.

Video Introduction

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About the Guitar Lesson Plan

Interactive Video Guitar Instruction

guitar course335 Blues is a hands-on, playing course. No tedious theory or exercises here. You'll be playing something new and majorly cool within fifteen minutes of digging in. But, put your time in and 335 Blues will likely remodel your entire approach to and understanding of blues guitar.

Larry presents 335 Blues in three main sections. First up, you'll play your way through a series of blues grooves in a variety of feels, keys and tempos. For each groove, Carlton demonstrates three choruses worth of comping and three choruses of improvisational soloing. Each performance is followed by an explanation of what he played and more importantly, why he played it. Then it's your turn. Use the video, charts, tab, notation and practice rhythm tracks to make the material your own. TrueFire's player controls make working with the curriculum a breeze.

Carlton drills down on essential techniques and improvisational approaches in the next section. Bending and vibrato (in fact, four types of vibrato) are demonstrated and broken down in unprecedented detail. Use of motifs, space and phrasing are likewise presented in an amazing, ear-opening fashion. Other gems of insight in this section include use of the melodic minor in blues, "knuckle voicings" and recommendations for how to approach both practice and playing.

The third section covers a wide variety of topics ranging from the technical to the philosophical. Tone and how to go about tweaking your equipment to achieve it, is presented comprehensively. Insight on recording, jamming and performing with other musicians is likewise addressed. A few anecdotes and even a little show and tell on the Steely Dan studio rig make this section one you'll likely watch over and over again.

"If you love electric blues guitar, then 335 Blues may be a dream come true for you, " says Jude Gold of Guitar Player Magazine. All in all, 335 Blues raises the bar on blues instruction with its innovative approach, articulate presentation and enough tasty moves to last a lifetime.

About Your Instructor

Larry Carlton

Larry CarltonEighteen-time Grammy nominee, three-time Grammy winner and all time guitar great, Larry Carlton established himself from his first recording, A Little Help From My Friends.

His studio credits include musicians and groups like Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and literally dozens of others. He went on to perform with the Crusaders and then with the multi platinum jazz super group Fourplay. With 30 albums to his credit and having performed on over 100 albums that have gone Gold or Platinum, Larry Carlton has set a standard for artistry that spans three decades.

In 2008 Larry Carlton received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar Player magazine at the historical Ryman Auditorium and was presented the "Titan of Tone" award from Premier Guitar Magazine at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Larry also picked up 2 more Grammy nominations in 2009 bringing his career total to 19 nominations with 4 Grammy wins! Larry's "Greatest Hits Rerecorded Volume One" released by 335 Records was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album and "Fortune Teller" from Fourplay's Energy was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

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What you Get:

Video software (Windows and Mac) with TrueFire's Lesson Player, PIP, full-screen, looping, slow motion, keyboard shortcuts, plus...

  • - 143 Minutes of Video
  • - Text Commentary
  • - Tab
  • - Standard Notation
  • - Jam Tracks
  • - Power Tab


Intermediate - Advanced

Table of Contents

  1. A Shuffle Rhythm & Solo
  2. G Shuffle Rhythm & Solo
  3. C Funky Rhythm & Solo
  4. Stormy Rhythm & Solo
  5. A Slow Blues Rhythm & Solo
  6. Bmin Blues Rhythm & Solo
  7. Bb Jazzed Rhythm & Solo
  8. C Jazzed Rhythm & Solo
  9. Blues Motifs
  10. More Motifs
  11. Melodic Minor
  12. Melodic Minor Blues
  13. Space And Motifs
  14. Bb Blues Soloing
  15. Knuckle Voicings
  16. Practicing
  17. String Bending
  18. Bending, Ex 1
  19. Bending, Ex 2
  20. Bending, Ex 3
  21. Bending, Ex 4
  22. Bending, Ex 5
  23. Bending, Ex 6
  24. Bending, Ex 7
  25. Bending, Pitch
  26. Vibrato
  27. Technique
  28. No Bending, Vibrato
  29. Bending, Vibrato
  30. Dean's Vibrato
  31. Sideways Vibrato
  32. Closeup
  33. Licks
  34. Soloinging
  35. What You Must
  36. Heart
  37. Amplification
  38. Amp Tweaking
  39. Tweaking Tone
  40. 335 Setup
  41. Sweet Sing
  42. Think Arranger
  43. Making Records
  44. Material Appeal
  45. Your Passion
  46. Studio Set-Up
  47. Guitar and Amp
  48. Writing Tunes
  49. Steely Dan Rig
  50. Steely Blues
  51. Charlemagne Tap
  52. Great Teacher
  53. Be Fair
  54. Half Above The Five
  55. Tommy
  56. Travis
  57. Larry Carlton ES 335

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