(Jazz) Effortless Blues Guitar ~ Richard Smith Page One

front cover "Effortless Blues and Beyond" is what Richard welcomes us to on Open.  I wish they would make up their minds and title these guitar lessons more accurately. In my opinion there is barely any Blues on here at all. That may be good or it may not if you bought this looking to play traditional electric blues.

Richard goes on to tell us that besides Blues we'll look at R & B techniques and techniques for the left and right hand. Richard mentions that he studied classical guitar "for a long time".

Youths are encouraged to study classical guitar or piano being told that if you can play classical you can play anything. That's a load of hooey. I know classical players that are technically way better guitarists than me but cant play three chord rock to save their lives. They could possibly if they really tried of course but they aren't used to it. We all get in ruts from time to time and Richard is in a Smooth Jazz Rut.

But before we get to that he yaks up what he learned studying Sergovia's system of guitar pontification. Starting with the right hand using Preparation, Pressure and Release. Sergovia played a Spanish style guitar fingerstyle. I actually attended a concert of his my father dragged me to when I was too young to appreciate it. Come to think of it I must have appreciated something! Thank you Daddy!

So I am asking myself what do I care since I play an electric guitar or a steel string guitar and I use a pick. Then that critical little voice sparks up with: Well when listening to my self play back I can often hear a lot of sloppy pick sounds carrying over that shouldn't be there. Richard shows us how to deal with that with a guitar pick by finding the sweet spots on both sides of the pick using proprietary enharmonic resonance synergies. I made that last bit up but its a sweet Axe Maxing Tool Tip! I wont give it away as its just one redeeming quality of this lesson.

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