Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea

I’m not really a cruise type of guy, but I know that a lot of people really enjoy them. If I were a cruise guy, I’d take a look at going on the Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea cruise next February 17th-21st. The cruise features Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, John Hiatt, Ana Popovic, Robert Randolph, and Joanne Shaw Taylor, with more artists to be announced soon. The cruise departs from Miami and sails to Key West and the Bahamas. Sounds like a fun way to spend five days!

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Robben Ford’s Blues Revolution

Robben Ford and TrueFire have recently teamed up to produce their Blues Revolution instructional course:

In this 6-hour, interactive video Blues Revolution course, Robben steps you through his Chicago blues influences, chord and scale vocabulary, rhythm guitar techniques, improvisational approaches and harmonic insight for crafting the fresh, contemporary lines that comprise his signature sound.

The course is divided into six sections:

1. Fundamentals
2. Chicago Blues
3. Chords and Comping
4. Scales and Applications
5. Soloing and Improvisation
6. Performances

I personally really enjoy Robben’s playing, so I’m happy to see him sharing his insights. TrueFire currently have a promotion running where you can save 10% off the course by using the offer code “REVOLUTION10″ if you decide to buy.

Here is an intro to the course:

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Robben Ford – The Nashville Session Videos

After watching these videos of Robben Ford during his summer session here in Nashville recording with Michael McDonald, I realized two things: 1) I wish I could play guitar like Robben Ford, and 2) I wish I could sing like Michael McDonald. I can do neither, but I can at least enjoy watching them doing what they do best.

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Robben Ford’s Guitar Dojo

Robben Ford has announced Robben Ford’s Guitar Dojo, which is a collection of instructional videos featuring Ford and Don Mock. In addition to the instructional videos, the site will feature soundcheck videos, streaming music, and a journal from Ford while he’s on the road. The videos are about $4.99-5.99 per lesson.

They just opened the virtual doors yesterday, so I imagine that they’ll be putting more content up there, but you can preview the videos that are currently uploaded. Based on what I’ve seen so far, I like what Ford is doing here; I wish more “famous” guitarists would do this kind of educational material.

Here’s Ford talking about the new site:

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Robben Ford Trio: The Paris Concert

I recently saw that Robben Ford has recently released a DVD titled Robben Ford Trio – The Paris Concert, which was recorded during his 2009 tour. This tour featured drummer Toss Panos and bassist Travis Carlton. The DVD also features two bonus tracks featuring Larry Coryell.

I saw him during this tour and it was a great show. I’ve got the DVD on order, and I’m looking forward to checking it out.

The track listing for the DVD is:

1. The Way You Treated Me
2. Indianola
3. Set A Date / You Don’t Have To Go
4. Nothing To Nobody
5. Spoonful
6. Don’t Worry About Me
7. Thoughtless
8. Lateral Climb
9. How Deep In The Blues (Do You Want To Go)
10. Earthquake
11. Too Much
12. Moonchild Blues
13. There’ll Never Be Another You

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Robben Ford – The Art of Blues Rhythm

Robben Ford’s instructional DVD “The Art of Blues Rhythm” looks to be an excellent resource for learning how to play rhythm in a blues context. I haven’t seen the whole DVD yet, but the clips I’ve seen have all been interesting and informative. Here’s one clip I found on YouTube:

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The Robben Ford Clinic: The Art of Blues Solos DVD

Robben Ford recently released a companion DVD to his Art of Blues Rhythm DVD. The new DVD is called The Art of Blues Solos.

Although I haven’t seen either DVD yet, I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Art of Blues Rhythm DVD. I’m also a fan of Ford’s phrasing, so I’m looking forward to watching him explain his soloing technique in the new DVD.

In the DVD, he talks about picking, theory, recording, and his influences. A printable PDF containing tab for the lessons is included with the DVD. There is almost two hours of instructional and live footage included with the DVD.

The DVD includes the following tracks:

  • Introduction
  • Developing Your Style
  • “Playin’ a Bit”
  • Basic Theory
  • “Cannonball Shuffle”
  • Techniques: Picking & Sliding
  • “In the Beginning”
  • Robben’s Early Jazz Influences
  • “Oasis”
  • Altered Scales
  • “Roger’s Blues”
  • Recording
  • Robben’s Equipment

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