Joe Bonamassa unveils first official guitar lesson series

Joe Bonamassa
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Blues rock icon Joe Bonamassa has unveiled his first official guitar lesson series via TrueFire.com (opens in new tab)

The sessions are split into two packs: Blues-Rock Masterclass and In The Jam, both of which draw on Bonamassa’s own songs to demonstrate essential techniques.

Blues-Rock Masterclass (opens in new tab) will explore the inspirations and parts behind a sizeable setlist that includes Blue And Evil, Bridge To Better Days, Dislocated Boy, Happier Times, Last Kiss, Lonesome Road Blues, Dust Bowl, The Ballad of John Henry, Story Of A Quarryman and Django.

The song tutorials are also interspersed with videos exploring the key techniques of Bonamassa’s own heroes, including Eric Clapton and Eric Johnson, alongside concepts like slide playing, lead improvisation and “Nerdville” gear talks.

In The Jam (opens in new tab) utilizes TrueFire’s multi-track video player to allow you to mix, mute and solo audio/video tracks to jam along with Bonamassa for the aforementioned tracks, complete with synchronized tab and notation.

“We’ll be working with the actual tracks from my studio recordings but I’ve filmed new rhythm and lead guitar parts for all of the songs to make them distinctive and give them more of a live performance vibe,” says Bonamassa.

“You can mix and mute any of the tracks however you wish. You play the rhythm parts and I’ll play lead, or you take the lead and I’ll play rhythm. If you sing or play bass, drums, keys – mute those tracks and jump in the mix with us.”

The new Joe Bonamassa TrueFire courses (opens in new tab) are available for pre-order now for an introductory rate of $69.99 each.

Meanwhile, Guitar World has partnered with TrueFire for our own comprehensive series of guitar tutorials, handpicked by the editors of Guitar World, Guitarist, Guitarist Techniques and Total Guitar.

Each course is usually $29.99 but you can save 45% and get all 6 for $99 with the code GWTF45. That's over $80 in savings on 8+ hours of interactive video guitar lessons including tab, notation, practice jam tracks, slo-mo, looping, and more. (opens in new tab)

Head here to find out more about the Guitar World / TrueFire masterclasses.

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Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk (opens in new tab), which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.