Rocking the blues
Kenny Wayne Shepherd on how to weave classic blues influences into your soloing and unlock the fretboard
Louisiana-born prodigy Kenny Wayne Shepherd began his recording career at the age of 16. Since then he has become no stranger to gold and platinum albums and a career that has seen him share the bill with artists as diverse as BB King, the Eagles and Van Halen. Originally inspired to play guitar after meeting Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1984, Kenny began teaching himself from records in his father’s collection.
Over the years he has become an indelible asset to the contemporary blues scene and a must-see live act. When not out touring with his own band – which includes Chris Layton, drummer in Stevie Ray’s band – he can be found playing guitar in Stephen Stills’ band, The Rides.
In this masterclass, Kenny looks at various elements of blues rock soloing, from opening gambits to full turnarounds, underlining the principle that you can combine others’ licks and techniques to produce something original of your own.