The Blues Guitar of Keb' Mo'

Keb' Mo'

Basic Techniques for the Contemporary Player

75-minute video, Includes tab file on pdf
  • Code:DLKEBGT21
  • Skill Level:Early Intermediate (3)

Keb' Mo's lesson is aimed at players who want to get comfortable with the basics of traditional country blues and then go on to more contemporary blues-based tunes. Working in the key of E, Keb' shows how turnarounds and harmonized scale passages can be the basis for developing fluid phrases in a Robert Johnson style blues tune. He teaches his original tunes Perpetual Blues Machine and Angelina, both in A and employing a rhythmic alternating bass style. Keb' Mo includes some jazz-oriented chords (F7b5, G13 and E11) that add spice and interest to the songs.

For Henry, Keb' switches to his National steel guitar and discusses the basics of slide technique. This compelling, evocative piece combines many of the elements that make Keb' Mo's music so distinctive -- a solid basis in tradition along with a contemporary sensibility that brings it right up to date.

This lesson, with its enhanced picture and sound quality, and instant access to anything you want to work on, will help you learn many of the elements that make up solid traditional or contemporary blues guitar playing.


"...a well-rounded lesson that should appeal to a variety of players.... He shows how to take three or four simple chords and absolutely kill with them." - Guitar Player Magazine

Student Review:

"I recently bought the Keb' Mo' DVD and went through the disc step by step. At the end of the series I finally realised that this was more than a method series teaching repertoire. In my opinion It opened my creative mind. I have since then managed to create my own versions of blues songs by other artist instead of merely coping. I recommend this to all those who are willing to take a step in creating own renditions of songs. Keep it up Homespun."


Joe Brodnicki 4 years, 6 months ago

This is fast-moving instruction and full of licks and tips to use on the songs taught and on stuff of your own. Everything is demonstrated and explained, including how to use the material on your own and build some chops. I'm not sure how to explain it, but the instructional style fits the groove of the music. Fun stuff.\r\n\r\nIf you have the basics down in the keys of E and A (if you don't know them, Happy Traum's Easy Steps to Acoustic Blues Guitar is great place to learn them) and are looking to expand, consider getting this video.

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Happy Traum 4 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for the nice words, Joe. I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed the Keb' Mo' lessons. We're very proud of these.

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