You don’t learn how to play the blues from a book — there’s no book smart with the blues. You have to be street smart to play the blues and there’s only two ways to do that — play out 250+ night a year for 10 years, or study with someone who’s been there, done that, and can teach as well as they can play. We can’t help you with the gigs, but we can put you in very capable hands for the latter — Kelly Richey.
Kelly’s definitely earned her tee shirt; 800,000 touring miles and 3,500 gigs over the past 28 years playing with or opening for the likes of Lonnie Mack, Albert King, Joe Cocker, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Walter Trout, Little Feat, Foghat, REO Speedwagon, George Thorogood, Robben Ford, Warren Zevon, and even James Brown. Street smart indeed.
We’ve been impressed with Kelly’s playing for a long, long time but her teaching methods blow us away. Kelly is a dedicated, passionate and driven educator with miles and miles of educational accomplishments, most notably her Blues Grit curriculum, which has guided thousands of eager students far along the path to becoming street smart blues players.
You’ll get right down to business from the very start with a series of lessons covering fretboard navigation approaches, essential scales and chord vocabulary and all of the requisite blues right and left-hand techniques playing rhythm and lead guitar.
In the first two sections of the course, Kelly covers 5th & 6th String Scales & Chords, Finger Exercises, Flat Tire & Left Hand Muting, Advanced Rhythm & Muting, Hybrid Picking Punctuation, Double-Stops, Rakes & Slides, Bends & Vibrato, Hammer Ons & Pull Offs, Pinch Harmonics, Slap Harmonics, Strumming Patterns, Guitar Rig Setup and Practice Routines.
In the third section of the course Kelly guides you through 10 real-world blues Performance Studies in a variety of keys, tempos and feels: Hey Joe Blues, My Baby's Gone Crazy, Mean Old World, Crossroads Blues, I Went Down Easy, Fast Drivin' Mama, Tears Like Rain, Red House, Sister’s Gotta Problem and The Longest Road.
Kelly demonstrates all of the Performance Studies over rhythm tracks and then breaks them down measure-by-measure, technique-by-technique. You’ll first learn the parts as performed by playing along with Kelly while referencing the accompanying tab and notation.
All of the key demonstrations, performances and examples are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can loop and/or slow any section down as you work through the lessons. Plus, Kelly generously includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own.
Take Kelly and Blues Grit to your practice room tonight and you’ll be talkin’ the talk, and walkin’ the walk in no time!