Rock­ing the blues

Kenny Wayne Shep­herd on how to weave clas­sic blues in­flu­ences into your solo­ing and un­lock the fret­board

Guitarist - - Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Words David Mead Mu­sic Tran­scrip­tion Adrian Clarke

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.

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