From playing in clubs and weddings in his teens, to arena touring in his 20’s, to present day as world touring musician and producer, Carl Verheyen has been a professional player his whole life. However, he credits his time as as a studio musician as the experience that made him fearless. It was during these sessions when he needed to prepared to play a wide array pf styles. Country, jazz, blues, metal, bluegrass, and many other styles became essential parts of Carl’s musical lexicon.
In his course, 30 Fearless Chordal Licks You MUST Know, Carl helps you expand your ‘fearless’ vocabulary with his tried and true licks for playing blues, jazz, country, bluegrass, rock, and R&B.
Here are seven free video guitar lessons from the course. For the full course, check out Carl Verheyen’s 30 Fearless Chordal Licks You MUST Know on TrueFire!
Guitar Lesson – 30 Chordal Licks You MUST Know – Reed Riffs
Jerry Reed had more funky stuff going on in his playing than anybody in country music. This is more of a distillation of his classic take on “Alabama Jubilee”, so you can get the idea. But of you listen to the original, you’ll hear him do many variations making it one of the craziest Telecaster parts on record.
Guitar Lesson – 30 Chordal Licks You MUST Know – Bluesy Parallel Sixths
Here’s another example of what I like to call “chordal freedom”. Harmonically, not all of the notes in each one of these voicings works over the key of the moment. But the fact that they’re parallel makes it work. I analyze it on the video, but it doesn’t really matter. It works because it sounds good! Theory is only there to prove what you just played is awesome!
Guitar Lesson – 30 Chordal Licks You MUST Know – Constant as the Wind
I’ve been asked to explain this lick many times from my Trading 8s album released in 2009. Using hybrid picking and the open B string I can get it going really fast, and with distortion on my Gibson SG it turned out like a high energy fusion rocker. Try to learn it but take the concept to other keys the suit one of the top 3 open strings.
Guitar Lesson – 30 Chordal Licks You MUST Know – Modern Funk
More of a rhythm guitar lick than a soloing idea, this chord lick is melodic and funky at the same time. Using chord fragments to create melodic sequences is the secret here, so for all of you chord melody playing jazz guys and gals, expand that knowledge into the funk world. Syncopation applied to simple fragments and jazz chords gets funky in a hurry!
Guitar Lesson – 30 Chordal Licks You MUST Know – Serious Real Estate
Adding an open string to the middle of your line allows you to change positions in a radical way and take in the entire range of the guitar. I’ve worked out open string lines in every key with some of the open strings a chord tone, a scale tone or a chromatic passing tone.
Guitar Lesson – 30 Chordal Licks You MUST Know – Funky Tritone
This lick mixes intervals and is one of my favorite double stop licks for blues changes. It mixes a little of that great Danny Gatton stuff with some Jerry Reed tritone spice in there.
Guitar Lesson – 30 Chordal Licks You MUST Know – Highland Shuffle
To wrap things up, I’ll perform the full version of “Highland Shuffle”. You’ll see quite a few of the licks we’ve worked on here.
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