Larry Carlton Blues Improvisation Tutorial

09 May Larry Carlton Blues Improvisation Tutorial



Extremely interesting. Simple, easy to understand and as precious as can be.

And now, for those of you who have always wondered why Powerage sounded different even in terms of notes played by Angus, reason is the Angus used the diminished scale a lot there.

Here’s Carlton about diminished scale:


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    Posted at 23:20h, 17 September

    Carlton is a god and good blues player..terrific player.
    But In my opinion Carlton and Ford and other big players have exployed the “fashion” of the blues/revival of the 80s with their immense technical.
    They Are a scholar of blues ,Not bluesman.
    It is Not a criticism.

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      Posted at 23:22h, 17 September

      I came off topic ahahah…

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    Posted at 16:34h, 21 June

    These videos doesn´t work for me, maybe because I´m using Opera. Anyway, these must be the youtube links (TrueFireTV):

    Larry Carlton – 335 Improv – Concepts in Play – Blues Guitar Lessons

    Larry Carlton – 335 Improv – The Diminished Scale – Blues Guitar Lessons

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    Posted at 15:22h, 21 June

    My favourite Angus solo right now must be “Up to my neck in you”. Just endless rockn roll licks it seems, but it´s so melodic and none of them sounds like the typical “run of the mill”. Even sounds original compared to Angus himself.

    Also, you clearly hear his rhythm guitar stop in the right channel, as he switches to lead. It sounds like his rhythm and lead playing is one continuous take, but that may not be the case.

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    Posted at 01:53h, 10 May

    Larry Carlton is a great guitar player, listen to “Josie”, such a simple yet highly effective tune!

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    Posted at 22:56h, 09 May

    Yeah, I’ve always admired the Powerage solos, especially “Sin City”.

    Carlton’s a great player, when i first saw this, it blew me away: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqie9Q1qAuE

    Sounds a bit ‘dated’, but I think it’s awesome.

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    Posted at 18:04h, 09 May

    I always thought Angus was just mixing minor and major penta not other scales

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      Posted at 18:19h, 09 May

      True in general, in fact; but no so on Powerage, much more dramatic sounding in solos

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    Posted at 13:51h, 09 May

    Great stuff right here!

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