Sean McGowan’s Views of the Blues
Charlie Christian, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell Inspirations
The transformation of traditional acoustic country blues to electric blues established the foundation and roots of jazz. Players like Charlie Christian, Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, and Grant Green were all preeminent pioneers of electric blues and its evolution into jazz guitar. Together, along with several other giants of the genre, they composed the very vocabulary used today by virtually every player, across every style and sub-genre of contemporary blues and jazz blues.
Anyone interested in spicing up their blues playing would be well served by studying these four players and their vocabulary, and that’s precisely what you’ll do here in Sean McGowan’s Views of the Blues.
”You’ll play your way through Views of the Blues, first learning the innovative blues vocabulary of electric guitar pioneer Charlie Christian, and then three of his most soulful and influential torch-bearers: Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, and Grant Green. By learning and exploring each of these players’ approaches to the common ground of blues, you’ll gain new perspectives into harmonic thinking, rhythmic ideas, phrasing, and organizing improvisational ideas on the fretboard.”
Sean organized Views of the Blues into four sections. Each section will focus on the signature elements, licks, harmonic approaches, and individual styles of each of these legendary guitarists. To build your vocabulary, Sean shows you 5 licks for each artist that are signature to the artist’s style. You’ll then apply that vocabulary and stylistic approach over 2 soloing performance studies for each artist.
Sean will explain and demonstrate all of the key concepts and approaches along the way. You’ll get standard notation and tabs for all of the licks and soloing performance studies. Plus, Sean includes all of the backing tracks for you to work with on your own. In addition, you’ll be able to loop or slow down any of the videos so that you can work with the lessons at your own pace.
Grab your guitar and let’s expand our view of the blues with Sean McGowan!