Chris Hunt – Blues By The Bar

Oct 23 2014

Chris Hunt – Blues By The Bar

Cool Riffs That Sound Great over Each Portion of the Blues Progression. If you’re a guitarist who’s learned the pentatonic scale up and down the neck but still asks, During a solo, how do I know what to play and when to play it, then this book is for you. Its goal is to give you a variety of great blues licks that you can put together bar by bar to create a complete blues solo.
Covers: the 12-bar blues progression, cool riffs, complete solos and more. The CD features Music Minus Me tracks that let you play along as the featured soloist.
This is the best book on “Electric Guitar” Blues I have ever used – nothing else comes close. It covers Chicago style blues – in places strongly reminiscent of Albert King and Roy Buchanan. The riffs are constructed in a “call and response” – but there’s nothing basic about them. They are all usable, and many of them are surprisingly easy to play. There’s nothing corny or academic in this book – it sounds fresh. These are real licks, not just scales or fretboard tricks. No open strings are used, so the riffs can be used in any key. In a very few places the tab isn’t completely accurate, but even where its wrong its close enough for any guitarist to work out the correct version.
The most helpful book by far when it comes to putting it all together and yet, keeping if fairly simple. It teaches you how to build the house not how to pound nails. Theory, scales, and even riffs out of context are merely pounding nails if you don’t know how to put them together. Some of the lines might be tough for the beginner from a technique basis but are easy enough if your chops are up.
It covers Chicago style blues – in places strongly reminiscent of Albert King and Roy Buchanan. The riffs are constructed in a “call and response” – but there’s nothing basic about them. They are all usable, and many of them are surprisingly easy to play. There’s nothing corny or academic in this book – it sounds fresh. These are real licks, not just scales or fretboard tricks. No open strings are used, so the riffs can be used in any key. In a very few places the tab isn’t completely accurate, but even where its wrong its close enough for any guitarist to work out the correct version. The quality of the CD is excellent.
I think about half of the licks would be technically difficult for a beginner. But, even a beginner could buy it now and grow into it. All licks are played in context (with a backing band) and are in the key of G. The student is left to transpose them to other keys – which I think is fine. The book is organized by the bars in a 12-Bar blues. Bars 1 & 2 in G7, 3 & 4 in C7 (quick change format) and so on. Licks are arranged in that order. This seems to me to be more useful than jumping from one lick in C to another in F# with tempo changes, etc. This book is much less helter skelter. I also like Hunt’s style. It’s not immediately identifiable with one player or a certain approach to the blues. Very contemporary and a good mixture of notes from the major and minor pentatonic scales. One of the best instructional packages on the blues that I’ve come across. MORE PLEASE!
With a little practice you can mix these lines all over the place and really come up with some nice solos. About ready to give up trying to play Blues? This is the book for you!

Format: PDF + Audio tracks (Mp3).

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3 comments

  1. Jaas /

    thanks for this book, I’m enyoying!

  2. qwe /

    thank you so much i was looking for this book

  3. apat /

    Awesome! Best intro blues lick primer!!

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