Watch the Big Rock: Solo online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Blues-Rock Evolution
Blues has been evolving since before Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf cut their first sides, we're going to dive deep into the fretboard to reveal some of the evolution of blues-based rockers from Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix to David Grissom, Scott Henderson and Michael Landau (all favorite players of mine).
With Blues-Rock Evolution, you'll learn how to apply the Mixolydian and Dorian modes to blues, discover how double-stops and the open position can fire up your playing, score dozens of moves to accelerate your rhythm playing, find out how the vibrato bar can lend depth and emotion to your soloing, work with updated techniques for hybrid grip picking, hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends and double-stop bends.
We'll work through five blues rock instrumentals broken up into four rhythm and four solo lessons. I'll demonstrate all of the parts, then present some approaches for updating your blues-rock bag.
Let's dig in with Big Rock Blues!
Big Rock Blues is a 12 bar blues that I actually hear as almost Alt-Country, and one of my main influences for this kind of playing is David Grissom. Great tone, chops and the coolest country-blues -rock with a touch of jazz licks. Give a listen to the cut "Are You Listening Lucky?" from Joe Ely's Live At Liberty Lunch to get a crash course on hybrid picked double stops and some very slick arpeggio work that will leave you saying "I gotta learn that!".