Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Billy Gibbons and Freddie King are just a few of the guitar legends that helped shape the distinctive Texas Blues sound. In this edition of Essentials: Texas Blues, Corey Congilio will guide you through 10 Texas blues solos that pay homage to 10 masters of the genre.
“When I explore a new music genre, technique or style, I tend to not only focus on the pioneers of that style but also consider the unsung heroes. This Essentials course will highlight the stylings of the best known players while also shedding light on some of the lesser known Texas Blues guitar slingers. As I was putting this course together, I was pleasantly surprised at how unique all of these examples are, even though they are all rooted in the Texas Blues vernacular. We’re all using the same words but our voice is our own!”
Each solo is designed to impart the styling, techniques and melodic approaches you’ll need to hone your own Texas blues soloing skills. Corey gives you a quick overview of the artist and their signature approach before demonstrating a full-length solo in their style, over a rhythm track. After the performance, Corey breaks it all down in detail, emphasizing the right and left-hand techniques required to pull it off authentically.
Here’s your Texas Blues playlist for the practice studio…
The Iceman Is In Charge: Albert Collins
Gate's Girl: Clarence Gatemouth Brown
Watson Store?: Johnny Guitar Watson
Cope With This: Johnny Copland
Ready for Freddie : Freddie King
Fast Winter: Johnny Winter
Funky Dogs: Billy Gibbons
Holy Smokes: Smokin’ Joe Kubek
Voodoo You Do: Kenny Wayne Shepherd
CC Does SRV: Stevie Ray Vaughan
All of the performances 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, Corey generously includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own.
Grab your guitar and head down to the Lone Star State to play some blues with Corey Congilio ….