Introduce jazz chops into your blues solos with this lesson in Robben Ford's masterful style

Robben Ford
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Robben Ford’s style is highly individual. No-one plays quite like him, despite the fact that he has influenced much of the current crop of great blues guitarists. Unlike many blues players, Ford is also steeped in the jazz vernacular, and even played with the great Miles Davis.

As the more sophisticated elements of Robben’s playing are in some ways the most unusual, for this article I’ve focused on that area slightly more than the blues side. Rest assured though, that he is also a killer blues guitarist and has obviously studied the greats that came before him.

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Andy G Jones

A professional guitarist for many years, Andy G Jones has played with Van Morrison, James Ingram, Lamont Dozier, Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor), Robben Ford, Billy Cobham, John Illsley (Dire Straits), KT Tunstall, Albert Lee (featured on Andy's upcoming CD), Mike Finnigan, Dave Landreth and Ryan Voth from The Bros. Landreth, Malford Milligan, The BBC Radio Big Band, Patti Austin, Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Lalo Schifrin (Hollywood film composer Bullitt, Mission Impossible), Hank Marvin, James Dean Bradfield (the Manic Street Preachers), Grady Tate, Agnetha from ABBA, Cliff Richard, Dudley Moore, Nathan James (Inglorious), Joey Tempest (Europe) and Kelsey Grammar.