The purpose of this class is to teach you the basics of improvising on the guitar in the styles of blues/pop/rock. Playing the guitar is an ocean of infinite possibilities depending on what style you are playing and who you are playing with.I have taught professionally for many years and usually when people see me play solos and riffs they want to know how they can expand their own playing and improvise guitar solos. My goal is to teach you the concept of implementing tools of simple scales, root notes, and basic intuitive tricks to apply solos to your guitar playing. If you enjoy music, you can do this!
I have included videos of myself jamming along with some backing tracks that I have made. This class does not have much to memorize, but once you digest the material you will use it in some form or another the rest of your life as you play guitar. For me once I learned some of these concepts as a teenager I started to combine this knowledge as I watched and imitated my heroes. Suddenly playing like Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix was possible and I was able to create my own unique style of improvising. This is my goal for the students of this class.
Those that will get the most benefit from the course have probably played a little guitar already and know how to make some chords, jam some riffs, or play some songs. This is the level most hobbyist players achieve. My hope is that this class opens the door on how to use certain basic tools to add a new dimension to your playing. Enjoy!
Links to listen and download Backing Tracks on Soundcloud.com
YouTube links to backing tracks:
- How to tune the guitar and access the internet. Have a desire to rock
- Create your own guitar solos, and understand how to use the tools when improvising on the guitar
Rob Turrell is an award winning guitarist, singer, and songwriter from southern California who has been playing professionally for 21 years.
In 2012 Rob was awarded the ‘Sunlight of the Spirit Award’ for an original composition he wrote from ASCAP president Paul Williams in New York and shared the stage with Jason Mraz for the ceremony.
In 2014 he was the winner of ‘BLK Burgrz Annual Guitar Riff Off Jam’ among a field of 50 other guitarists.
In 1998 he recorded original music in Nashville, TN with Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox from The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Rob’s guitar style is a powerful blend of Rock and Blues that has garnered attention from music enthusiasts across the country and he writes and performs for his own original band “Lime Street” based in Southern California. He has recorded and performed with members of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Sublime, Paul Williams, Jimmy Webb, and many others.
In addition to a role as Pete Townshend in two different tribute bands to ‘The Who’, Rob has launched an exciting new band paying tribute to the guitar heroes Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimi Hendrix.
I am a 2015 graduate with honors from California State University Long Beach with my Bachelors Degree in Film and Electronic Arts specializing in the realm of postproduction. I have also studied aspects of cinematography, writing, theory, directing and audio. Most recently I just finished a 30 second commercial that appeared on KTLA. I have edited several individual projects and have done editing and graphics on some music videos produced in Hollywood. My websites are MakeImpactProductions.com and Robcreatesfilm.com.