Robben Ford's Blues Revolution

Guitar players are blessed with hundreds of truly gifted masters to study and emulate, but there's only a handful whose voice on the instrument is so innovative, so distinctive, and so signature that it only takes a few notes to recognize its source -- please join us in welcoming Robben Ford to the TrueFire family.

Video Introduction

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About the Guitar Lesson Plan

Interactive Video Guitar Instruction

box artEmbraced by listeners and players alike, Robben's innovative and soulful musicality triggered a revolution in electric blues guitar styling. In this 6-hour, interactive video Blues Revolution course, Robben steps you through his Chicago blues influences, chord and scale vocabulary, rhythm guitar techniques, improvisational approaches and harmonic insight for crafting the fresh, contemporary lines that comprise his signature sound -- it's all here!

Robben's previous books and videos cover a lot of ground but never before has he prepared such a comprehensive curriculum as the one he presents in this Blues Revolution interactive learning experience. At last, ALL of the dots are seamlessly connected.

Robben organized Blues Revolution into a series of six sections, each covering essential disciplines and techniques:

Robben presents essential principles for developing your individual musicality; crafting a melodic vocal styling; and learning how to listen, practice, play, emulate and free yourself of patterns.

Chicago Blues
Robben takes you back to his Chicago and country blues roots with demonstrations of rhythm and lead work inspired by the School of Little Walter and other early influences.

Chords & Comping
Chord vocabulary, rhythm/comping techniques, movement and themes are some of Robben's favorite subjects and he leaves no stones unturned in this illuminating series of demonstrations and performances.

Scales & Applications
Harmonic perspective and soloing applications for triads, modes, pentatonic, diminished and altered scales are covered in great detail over this series of lessons. In short, what we've all been yearning for all these years!

Soloing & Improvisation
Playing over changes, crafting solos, phrasing, vibrato and key techniques are focused on and presented in bite-sized, very accessible demonstrations and performances. It all comes together here.

Robben puts all of the above to work in a series of illustrative performances, which are featured in each of the sections. YES, it's all transcribed, tabbed and you get the rhythm tracks to practice over.

BONUS Live Workshop Footage
Players travel great distances and invest big dollars to attend those rare live workshops that Robben conducts when he gets a chance to do so. You get choice exclusive workshop excerpts in Blues Revolution!

Blues Revolution is Robben's first interactive educational project and he took full advantage of the technical feature set to present his curriculum and accelerate the learning process. PIP video, zooming, looping, practice rhythm tracks, interactive tab/notation and many other essential learning tools are fully integrated for students:

- 374 Minutes of Video Instruction
- PIP Video, Zooming, Looping
- Interactive Video Lesson Player
- 390 pages of Tab/Notation on PDF
- 12-page Chord Dictionary on PDF
- Lesson Text Narrative
- Guitar Pro & Power Tab Files
- 30 Practice Rhythm Tracks with Charts

Robben Ford Blues Revolution

Whatever style of blues you favor, Blues Revolution over-delivers the educational goods for developing your own voice, expanding your vocabulary of chords, advancing your comping skills, solidifying your command of the fretboard, and lighting your soloing and improvisational chops on fire. Sound like a plan? Join the Blues Revolution immediately!

About Your Instructor

Robben Ford

Robben FordNamed one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" by Musician magazine and recipient of Guitar Player magazine's Lifetime Achievement Legend award, Robben Ford's innovative and soulful musicality triggered a revolution in electric blues guitar styling.

A five-time Grammy nominee, bandleader and prolific composer, Robben has collaborated with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Larry Carlton, L.A. Express with Tom Scott, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Musselwhite, Claus Ogerman, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman, John Scofield and many others.

Learn more about Robben and his Guitar Dojo at

Watch Video Samples

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What you Get:

Video software (Windows and Mac) with TrueFire's NEW Robben Ford Lesson Player including PIP, zooming, & looping PLUS:

  • - 374 minutes of video
  • - Chord chart reference guide
  • - Lesson text narrative
  • - Tab
  • - Notation
  • - Guitar Pro files
  • - Power tab
  • - Practice rhythm tracks


Early Intermediate through Advanced

Table of Contents

  1. Fundamentals
    - Melodic Vocal Styling
    - Five Pentatonic Notes
    - One Chord Vamp
    - Free Yourself of Patterns
    - Listen. Play. Emulate.
    - Develop Your Musicality
    - Multi-Task Workout
    - Listening
    - Go Get It!
    - Keep It Simple
  2. Chicago Blues
    - School of Little Walter
    - Country Blues
    - Blues Shuffle in E
    - Double & Triple Stops
    - Dominant 9th Chord
  3. Rhythm
    - Comping Principles
    - Comping the Shuffle
    - Comping Breakdown
    - Misdirected Chords
    - G Vamp
    - G Vamp Breakdown
    - Playing Rhythm Guitar
    - Blues in D: Rhythm
    - Rhythm Concepts 1
    - Rhythm Concepts 2
    - That Albert Collins Thing
    - 3 Rhythm Examples
  4. Chords
    - Chords Are Everything
    - More on the 9th Chord
    - Jazzed Blues Chords
    - Movement & Themes
    - 12 Bar Blues in A
    - More Chord Applications
    - Chordal Movement
    - Blues Chord Voicings
  5. Scales
    - Altered Scales
    - Triads & Modes
    - Scale Applications 1
    - Scale Applications 2
    - Scale Applications 3
    - Chords & Scales
  6. Soloing
    - Playing Over Changes
    - Soloing Example
    - Improvisation
    - Crafting a Guitar Solo
    - Misdirected Blues
    - Technique
    - Vibrato
    - Blues Solo in A
    - Blues Solo in D
    - Solo Blues
    - Open String Licks
    - Diminished Applications

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