Learn The Riff From Freddie King's Hide Away

While we're on the subject of the blues I just wanted to point you towards this quick little lesson I found this morning over at the Fender Player's Club website. It's the opening lick to Hide Away, Freddie King's classic blues instrumental. If you don't know who Freddie King is, well––he was the original Texas Cannonball, and one of …

Wanna' Learn Some Robert Johnson? Notation & Tab For Love In Vain Blues

Well, I can see I'll be busy this weekend... I'm a huge fan of Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, and while I've always wanted to learn my way around some of his more difficult licks, it's never been easy to find a decent transcription, and well, let's just say my own attempts at figuring them out have been frustrating at best. Anyways, I came ac…

Scale Length: A Primer

What The Heck Is Scale Length? To be precise, the scale length of a guitar is the vibrating length of its strings, ie, the distance from the center of the saddle to the nut. The scale length dictates the placement of frets on a guitar's fingerboard, with the 12th fret falling at the exact middle of the scale. Perhaps the two best known scale len…