Learn the secrets of the blues-rock masters in 4 lessons

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It has long been acknowledged that the roots of rock lie in the blues. From a historical standpoint, it’s possible to draw a direct line from Robert Johnson to Eric Clapton, from Chuck Berry to Angus Young, and through subsequent generations to hard rock and many of the sub-genres of heavy metal. 

However, tracing the development of a musical style could never be that simple. We should consider the styles and fashions of various eras, too: Chicago blues, rock ’n’ roll, the British Invasion and so on.  

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Richard Barrett

As well as a longtime contributor to Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, Richard is Tony Hadley’s longstanding guitarist, and has worked with everyone from Roger Daltrey to Ronan Keating.