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Watch the Focus On: Blues-Rock Power Trio online guitar lesson by Kelly Richey from Focus On: Blues-Rock Power Trio

Hi, I'm Kelly Richey and welcome to Focus On: Blues-Rock Power Trio. Many of today's most popular guitar players like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan played in what’s called a “power trio”. In this course, we're going to focus on the essential techniques and specific elements that are used when playing guitar in a blues-rock power trio. We'll look at rhythm and lead guitar techniques and how they overlap, working together seamlessly to create a powerful wall of sound. I'll also focus on the importance of creating musical “holes”, the power of creating space, and how to work with a drummer and bass player to create a unique sound that best supports your guitar style.

I've separated this course into four sections:

The first section will give you an overview of the history of three-piece blues and blues-rock players that have influenced my style and my overall sound. I'll also talk about their individual rhythm sections and how particular artists’ rhythm sections played a key role in their sound. We'll also look at how to design the right guitar rig to support your unique style. You'll learn about guitar tone, effects, amplifiers, and speaker configuration - all the things critical for you to have sustain, texture, and articulation to support your signature sound.

In the second section, we'll look at how to approach playing rhythm guitar in a power trio, focusing on essential rhythm guitar techniques like chords and chord voicings, riffs, and riff-based rhythm guitar.

In the third section, we'll look at how to approach playing lead guitar in a power trio. You'll learn essential soloing techniques that'll teach you how to build a bridge between lead and rhythm guitar, leverage dynamics, and create musical “holes” necessary to fully connect with a rhythm section.

Lastly, in the fourth section, I'll put all of these these essential techniques and concepts together into a series of performance studies. Let’s get started!