Mick Dennis Guitarist

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C Blues - "8" improvisation ideas - Part 2
In this video I am demonstrating “4” additional improvisation ideas/techniques/strategies to use wth a C blues. 
Here is a breakdown of each of the sections:
lydian from the b7th of the chord-1:59
mixolydian from the root of the chord-2:26
minor 11th arpeggio from the 5th of the chord-3:29
6ths intervals from the parent key of each chord-6:01
just jamming with wah-wah-8:08
The equipment being used is: 1992 Mexican Strat, Dunlop ULTEX .060 large triangle pick, Fulltone OCD, electro-harmonix Holy Grail Reverb, VOX V847 Wah-Wah Pedal, Ampeg AC12. The video was shot with an iPhone 6s Plus using a Tascam iM2 stereo condenser microphone.

C Blues - "8" improvisation ideas - Part 1
In this video I am demonstrating the first “4” improvisation ideas/techniques/strategies to use wth a C blues. 
Here is a breakdown of each of the sections:
major pentatonic from the root the chord-0:36
m7b5 modal pentatonic from the 3rd of the chord-2:44
minor pentatonic from the 5th of the chord-4:47
dominant 7th modal pentatonic-7:26
The equipment being used is: 1992 Mexican Strat, Dunlop ULTEX .060 large triangle pick, Fulltone OCD, electro-harmonix Holy Grail Reverb, VOX V847 Wah-Wah Pedal, Ampeg AC12. The video was shot with an iPhone 6s Plus using a Tascam iM2 stereo condenser microphone.



In this video I am jamming along with a blues backing track of Green Onions. Midway through the jam, I turned around and noticed a dancing raccoon. His name is "Rocky"! The equipment being used is: Gibson Les Paul Historic, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, Tech 21 Blonde pedal, 18ft Road Hog cable, PICKBOY Exotic Pick-horn. The backing track is being played through a Jawbone BIG JAMBOX. The video was shot with an iPad Air using a Tascam iM2 stereo condenser microphone.

This is from a weekly Thursday night electric blues jam sponsored by the Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania.

Thanks to Elizabeth R for the video!


This is from a weekly Thursday night electric blues jam sponsored by the Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania.

Thanks to Elizabeth R for the video!


In this video I am playing along with a slowed down recording of "All Your Love" from the album "John Mayall - Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton". I'm using Capo for iPhone to slow down the original recording to 75% speed. The equipment being used is: Gibson Les Paul Historic, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, Tech 21 Blonde pedal, 18ft Road Hog cable, PICKBOY Exotic Pick-horn. The backing track is being played through a Jawbone BIG JAMBOX. The video was shot with an iPad Air using a Tascam iM2 stereo condenser microphone.


In this video I am using a 1992 Mexican Stratocaster straight through a Fender Blues Junior with Billm audio mods and a custom designed cabinet with a Jensen Special Design C15N speaker. I am using a PICKBOY Exotic Pick-horn with an 18 ft RoadHOG cable. This is from a weekly Thursday night electric blues jam sponsored by the Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania.

Thanks to Elizabeth R for the video!


How To Create Your Own Blues-Rock Riffs


In this video I am using the following devices to create some rhythm parts over a "Blues in G" backing track:

1) sliding chords-3 note chords on strings 432

2) sliding chords-4 note chords on strings 4321

3) triads with trills on strings 432

4) using the thumb for adding bass notes to chords


I am playing an early 80's Ibanez Artist with a Seymour Duncan Jazz pickup (neck pick-up-parallel) with a 12' Monster Rock cable through a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Roadster-Channel 1. There is a Holy Grail reverb pedal in the effects loop. I am using a Nylon Brown Herco pick and Everly B52's strings(.010 gauge). The guitar track was recorded with an Shure SM57. The backing track was done on a Boss DR-3 Dr. Rhythm drum machine. The SM57; "Blues in G" backing track and audio-technica AT831b Cardoid Condenser Lavalier Microphone went into a Tapco MIX.260 FX Mixer. A stereo line level signal was fed into a Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO into a Canon 7D set at: 1920 X 1080 24fps, 1/60 shutter speed, F 8.0. The main lighting is "2" Fancier studio LED light panels running at 250 watts each with an additional halogen pole lamp used as back lighting. There is no additional signal processing done to the sound.

This video tutorial is dedicated to the memory of my Aunt Regina, who would have been 88 years old today. She is the one who took me to guitar lessons as a young boy.


Am Blues-Dave Rubin lesson-Guitar World magazine

In this video I am playing a Gibson Super 400 straight through a Fender Blues Junior with Billm audio mods and a custom designed cabinet with a Jensen Special Design C15N speaker. Here is a gear review of this amp by Anthony from Stevie Snacks.

This is from a weekly Thursday night electric blues jam at Liquid 891, 891 Eisenhower Boulevard, Harrisburg, PA  717-939-3590 sponsored by the Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania.

Thanks to Elizabeth R for the video!


Feelin' Alright-Mick guitar solo-Blues Society of Central Pa-Weekly Jam-Dec. 27,2012

In this video I am playing a Gibson Super 400 straight through a Fender Blues Junior with Billm audio mods and a custom designed cabinet with a Jensen Special Design C15N speaker. Here is a gear review of this amp by Anthony from Stevie Snacks.

This is from a weekly Thursday night electric blues jam at Liquid 891, 891 Eisenhower Boulevard, Harrisburg, PA  717-939-3590 sponsored by the Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania.

Thanks to Elizabeth R for the video!


Born Under a Bad Sign-Mick guitar solo-Blues Society of Central Pa-Weekly Jam-Dec. 27,2012

In this video I am playing a Gibson Super 400 straight through a Fender Blues Junior with Billm audio mods and a custom designed cabinet with a Jensen Special Design C15N speaker. Here is a gear review of this amp by Anthony from Stevie Snacks.

This is from a weekly Thursday night electric blues jam at Liquid 891, 891 Eisenhower Boulevard, Harrisburg, PA  717-939-3590 sponsored by the Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania.

Thanks to Elizabeth R for the video!


Bhagavan's Blues-12 string-March 28, 2012

This is an original composition I wrote one day sitting on "The Wall" in State College, Pa. It was written on a white Japanese Fender Strat playing through a "Mouse" battery powered amp. In this video I am playing a Taylor 455-12 string guitar along with a Raagini set to "Sur A"(5th-Root-5th alternating). The video and audio is from a "Flip HD Camcorder".This is a 16 bar A minor blues. Hope you enjoy the video!

A studio version of this tune is available here - "Bhagavan's Blues"


Em blues in 5/4-12 string-March 25, 2012

In this video I am playing a 16 bar Em blues riff in 5/4 timing on my Taylor 455-12 string guitar. This is a riff idea that I composed a couple of months ago. I have experimented with playing and recording this riff in 4/4 & 7/4. There is a Raagini playing very softly in the background which is set to a Sur E(5th/Root/5th alternating). The metronome sound is the Tempo Advance app for iPhone. The video and audio are from a Flip HD camcorder(which I think they don't make anymore). My intentions with this video are: 1) to play a more unusual rhythmic treatment of the blues 2) to show the usage of interesting chord substitutions for a minor chord in the blues. For example, for the Em chord I am using - Em7(E D G), Gmaj7(G F# B) and Bm7(B A D) 3) to provide a potential "Jam Track" for soloing over a 16 bar Em Blues progression in a 5/4 meter(I hope my beat is steady enough to follow along). The form of the riff is as follows with each chord symbol being one measure of 5/4: Em Em Em Em Am Am Em Em Bm Am Em Em Bm Am Em Em.(NOTE: the chord voicings I am using are actually implying more of a minor seventh and minor ninth sound but I am using the symbols Em, Am & Bm for simplicity). Enjoy the video! 

A JAM TRACK in 7/4 is available here - Em Blues-12 string-7/4 version-Jan29,2012


Blues for a Rainy Day-Oct. 1, 2011

This video started out as a travis-style fingerpicking study using these chord shapes. It just so happened that my fingernails were too long and they kept on catching and hanging me up so that I couldn't play the way I wanted to. So here is the strummed version of this "blues etude". The "Blues for a Rainy Day" was created spontaneously. You could take these basic shapes and move them around however you wish. Have fun creating your own "blues etudes/tunes"


Blues in G Jamming-May 11, 2011

This video is just me jamming along with one of my Jam CD tracks. I am playing an Ibanez Artist with a 12 ft Monster Rock cable through a Fulltone OCD and Holy Grail Reverb pedals. I am using an Shure SM-57 to close mike a 2X12 open back Crate combo amp. I am recording into a Boss BR-600 digital recorder. The video is recorded with a Flip HD. The audio was mixed using Logic Pro. The video and audio were synced using GarageBand. At 1:55 check out the paraphrase of one of Jimmy Page's fills from "Moby Dick". Page is using the lick as a "D dorian" sound-I am using the same lick as a "G mixolydian" sound.


A blues tutorial-3rd intervals-recorded Nov. 27, 2010

In this video I am demonstrating how to use 3rd intervals to play a rhythm comp for a Blues in A. I am outlining the 3rd intervals from the "parent scale" of each of the chords from the Blues in A. For A7(I) use the notes from the D major scale. For D7(IV) use the notes from the G major scale. For E7(V) use the notes from the A major scale. I am playing fingerstyle and using my thumb to play the open A, D & E strings for each respective chord. I am using my index and middle fingers to play the 3rd intervals on the G & B strings. Hope this video expands your concept of blues rhythm playing and "playing chords".


"A blues tutorial"-6th intervals-recorded Nov. 27, 2010-Part 3

In this video I am combining 6th intervals all over the fingerboard. This is part of a multi-part series entitled "A blues tutorial". Notice how the fingerings for the sixth intervals are the same and on the same frets for the A7 chord on strings 4&2 and for the D7 chord on strings 3&1. Notice the fingering device I am using starting around 2:58 to slide between "2" chords with different fingerings. There is a nice jam track created starting with the V chord turnaround starting around 4:00.


"A blues tutorial"-6th intervals-recorded Nov. 27, 2010-Part 2

This video is a continuation of Part 1 of this multi-part series entitled "A blues tutorial".


"A blues tutorial"-6th intervals-recorded Nov. 27, 2010-Part 1

In this video I am showing how to use 6th intervals to create interesting rhythm parts to play while jamming "Blues in A" along with another player or singer. For the A7 chord, I am using 6th intervals from the Key of D(A7 is the V7 chord in the Key of D). For the D7 chord, I am using 6th intervals from the Key of G(D7 is the V7 chord in the Key of G). For the E7 chord, I am using 6th intervals from the Key of A(E7 is the V7 chord in the Key of A).


"A blues tutorial"-walking bass-recorded Nov. 27, 2010

In this video I am showing some simple devices to create a walking bass line with "Blues in A". For the turnaround, I am approaching each of the chords roots by 1/2 step(one fret) above.


"A blues tutorial"-sliding chords & hammer-ons-recorded Nov. 27, 2010

In this video I am using various triads to play a cool rhythm riff for the Blues in A. Each chord from the blues can be treated as a V7 chord from a different key. For example, for A7 chord play triads from the Key of D; for D7 chord play triads from the Key of G; for E7 chord play triads from the Key of A. The riff I have created in this video features the following triads from the Key of D for the A7 chord: Em & F#m, D maj & G maj, Em & F#m, A maj & D maj.


Blues in Fm-Feb25,2010/Improvisation & Jam Track

Just jammin' along with one of my own backing tracks that I use with my private guitar students. I've included some scale patterns & notations on the video to give a brief description of some of my improvising ideas/concepts. Note the usage of the G to Ab 1/2 step bend throughout the video. The notes G and Ab are the: 9th & 3rd of the Fm chord; the 6th and b7th of the Bbm chord and the 5th and #5th of the C7 chord-all good "color tones" to emphasize on each chord. Around 2:02 I am using a technique where I extend the index finger of my right hand to produce the "artificial harmonic" that is "2 octaves" higher than the original pitch. I believe I learned this technique from watching an Eric Johnson instructional video. The audio track at around 2:13 during the closing credits would make an excellent "Jam Track" for one chorus of the Blues in Fm. A JAM TRACK is available here - Blues in Fm


Blues in Am-Part 1/played fingerstyle on a 7 string guitar

This is an original composition/improvisation. It was inspired by some of the natural disasters that where happening around the globe at the time ie. the earthquake in Haiti.