Learning the language of music and improvisation is like learning any new language. You’ll start by articulating sounds (notes), which sounds you’ll then use to form words (phrases), which words you’ll combine to construct sentences (licks), which sentences you’ll string together to tell your stories (solos).
Notes, phrases, licks and solos. Sounds simple enough, but the tricky part is connecting those licks seamlessly and interestingly. We’ve all been up on the jam bandstand struggling to fill the gaping holes between our favorite licks. The net effect is a bit like someone speaking broken English - the words are correct but the syntax is out of whack.
No worries. Grab your guitar and step into Jeff McErlain’s Chicago Blues Solo Factory for all the blues syntax needed to breathe new life into your big bag of blues licks. Check the warning sign on your way in, “No tedious theory or boring exercises allowed on the premises” — you’ll play your way through the entire course learning how to talk the talk.
In the first section of the course, you’ll stoke up your Chicago blues vocabulary with four intro licks, eight licks that can be used over the I7 chord, eight licks for the IV7 chord, eight licks for the V7 chord, plus four turnaround licks.
All in all, you’ll learn 36 extraordinarily universal Chicago blues licks, which you can play over any Chicago blues feel (shuffle, 12/8, etc.), in any key, and at any tempo. Jeff cherry-picked this essential Chicago blues vocabulary from the fretboards of blues masters Matt Guitar Murphy, Earl Hooker, Elmore James, Earl Hooker, Magic Sam, BB King, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons and many other players in the Chicago blues vein.
Jeff performs the licks over a rhythm track and then breaks them down, explaining why the licks work harmonically over the prevailing chords. Get a grip on those 36 licks and the real fun begins…
In the second section, you’ll mix, twist and connect those 36 licks into eight full chorus Chicago blues solos across a variety of keys, tempos and feels. This is where your the blues syntax really kicks in. Once you have a handle on the approach, you’ll be able to do it with all of your blues licks (including the licks from any of Jeff’s 50 Licks You MUST Know courses).
All of the demonstrations are presented over a rhythm track for context. Everything is tabbed and notated, plus you'll get all of the rhythm tracks to practice the licks and solos on your own.
Your Chicago Blues Solo Factory is a click away. Punch the clock on your way in…