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Finding Your Own Voice In The Blues

with Marcus Bonfanti

The hardest thing to do is find your own voice in the blues. The struggle is that you can learn all the tools, but then how do you "sound like you"?
Marcus will help you become more confident, competent and independent as a solo artist or sideman.

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9 lessons · 1h 46m

The hardest thing to do on the guitar is finding your own voice. The struggle is that you can learn all the tools, but then how do you "sound like you"?

Marcus has been a pro musician for 15 years. He's the current frontman for Ten Years After and the Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion and has performed and learned along the way with guitar icons such as Van Morrisson, David Gilmour or Ronnie Wood.

In this course, Marcus shows you interesting rhythm guitar ideas because -let’s face it- thats 70% of the gig and if your comping isn't happening the whole band knows about it! He helps you combine certain techniques to make your playing not only more competent but also allowing you to find your own voice.

Topics covered:
Right hand technique & hybrid picking, left hand and right hand muting, use of chords within the blues, chord substitutions, interesting ways to enhance your rhythm playing and of course soloing & expressing your own personality in your solos.

Lesson Plan

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Exploring the Blues and the Turnaround

Putting some rhythm in the blues

Use of the Bassline in the blues

Introduction to blues soloing

Intro to blues soloing, Part 2

Hybrid picking

Starting to find your voice

Student Reviews

"The best instructions on technique and playing I've ever seen, and I've looked at a lot in trying to improve my blues playing on acoustic."
Ed Holland

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Marcus Bonfanti

Some of the highlights of my career so far have been working with Ten Years After (of course), Ginger Baker, Van Morrison, Ronnie Wood, Dave Gilmore and Nick Mason from Pink Floyd, Phil Manzanera from Roxy Music, Shuggie Otis and PP Arnold and many others.

I’ve been a professional musician now for 15 years and have toured the world and recorded on many albums across many different genres, but The Blues is where my heart is and what i do best. I have released three solo albums under my own name which were named in Classic Rock magazine’s ‘albums of the year’ upon release and had a lot of radio play and press coverage which meant i’ve been able to tour with people like Robert Cray, Chuck Berry, John Fogerty, Beth Hart and we’ve played festivals all round the world including SXSW in Texas and 2 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruises in The States.

As fun as all that has been none of it would have happened if i hadn’t put the hours in learning my trade and becoming a good musician which is why you are here i’m hoping. Whether you are looking for a career in music or just love the blues and would like to learn more about it, i’m here to help you unlock this great style of music.

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