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Watch the Straight Rock Blues online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Blues Guitar Survival Guide - Lead

I love a straight rock feel. Many bands from the Stones, to Zep, to Bad Co. to The Black Crows, have used this feel in some of the most classic blues influenced rock tunes ever. The focal point is the straight eighth note as opposed to the swing eighth note so commonly heard in the blues. I chose G because of some of the cool usages of the open strings as both a lead and rhythm player that we can take advantage of. The main concepts here are bends, double stops, chord tones, vibrato, and tweaking the third and seventh. So there is a lot going on in what sounds like a fairly basic blues rock solo!

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