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Solo Factory: Texas Blues

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Learn How to Connect Licks to Produce Compelling Solos

If you’ve ever traveled overseas, you also likely picked up one of those foreign language phrase books to help you communicate with taxi drivers, waiters, hotel staff or shopkeepers. You studied that phrase book long and hard before the trip, brushed up on the plane and felt pretty good about by yourself. That good feeling lasted about twenty minutes after landing, until you attempted to engage the taxi drive in conversation and everything got lost in translation. Kinda like what happens when you go to the jam with those killer licks you spent years perfecting but found you didn’t have a clue how to string them together into a full solo. Lost in translation baby.

box artMusic is a language. And just like learning any language, you start by learning sounds, which you use to form words, which you combine into phrases, which you string together to tell stories. Notes, licks, phrases and solos. Simple concept. Up to the ‘string together’ part at least. Taking our hard-earned vocabulary of licks and connecting them seamlessly to form solos is where it starts to get a little tricky for most of us. Corey Congilio’s Solo Factory: Texas Blues will fix that in a hurry. In fact, you’ll be more than just a little amazed at just how easy it is.

Grab your guitar right now because you won’t be spending any time learning tedious theory or practicing boring exercises — you will play your way through the course right from the start. Corey’s curriculum is the quintessential hands-on, contextual learning experience.

In the first section of the course, you’ll learn ten licks that can be used over the I chord, ten licks for the IV chord, ten licks for the V chord and ten licks that can be played anywhere over a 12-bar blues. Corey teaches you the lick and points out why that lick works harmonically over the prevailing chord. All in all, you’ll stoke up your vocabulary with 40 new Texas Blues licks, along with a solid understanding for where that lick works best in a 12-bar Texas blues progression.

In the second section, you’ll learn ten full 12-bar solos that constructed solely from the licks that you learned in the first section. Corey will show how to connect the I, IV, V and anywhere licks into seamless solos over a 12-bar Texas blues format. This is where you’ll have your ‘aha’ moment!

In the last section of the course, Corey steps you through a series of playalongs where you will mix and match your lick vocabulary to your hearts delight and put your new solo constructions skills to good work. This is where you’ll have your second ‘aha’ moment — any and all of the licks you already have in your bag (including ALL of the licks from any of Corey’s 50 Licks You MUST Know courses!) can be connected in the same manner. Corey Congilio’s Solo Factory: Texas Blues is your gateway to blues soloing bliss.

All of the demonstrations are presented over a rhythm track for context. Corey then breaks down the licks and solos in a clear and very accessible manner. Everything is tabbed and notated, plus you’ll also get all of the rhythm tracks to practice the licks and solos on your own.

Your ‘aha’ moments are just a click away. You’ll be able to travel to any bandstand at any blues jam and never be lost in translation again!

8 comments

  1. Tony - July 2, 2013 8:48 pm

    LOVE the breakdown of these licks, especially over each of the 3 chords…extremely well done!

    Quick question…what pickups are you running in that guitar? Your tone is killer.

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    • Corey Congilio - July 9, 2013 12:39 pm

      The pickups in this Fret-King Corona are stock. They’re pretty great!

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  2. Rob - November 29, 2013 12:16 pm

    This is the best guitar lesson video there is, I saw a lot this is realy the best one from all.
    Verry good teaching and immediately result what motivate you to go on and on.

    Thanx a lot Corey.

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  3. Ron - December 29, 2013 1:49 am

    Hey man! You are a hell of a player and a great teacher! I got a few other courses but I always gravitate back to your progressive blues lesson. Love the outside the box type stuff and thanks for introducing me to Audley Freed! Great stuff!

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  4. Ron - December 29, 2013 2:22 am

    Oops sorry shoulda put that comment in another section. However, this lesson will surely be next on my list!

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  5. Nathan - January 19, 2014 3:27 pm

    My wife bought both of Corey’s discs after I previewed them. I cannot say enough about them. Corey really understands what makes the blues work AND is a great instructor. The elements Corey teaches are all easily integrated and interchangeable so you keep your style but have lots of new tools to work with. True fire has done a great job of producing these discs. Highly recommended. You can watch the demos and see for youself.

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  6. Jim Cinnater - February 11, 2014 3:21 pm

    Corey has two courses that should be considered absolutely mandatory to any guitarist looking to develop into something special especially in the blues/rock genre. First, there’s his 50 Blues Rhythms. Then there’s his Solo Factory. Do not misunderstand, although Corey’s obviously done all the heavy lifting to bring all this cool stuff to bear (and tricks us into learning lots of theory and musical understanding in the process), it’s still repetitive work to get all this down. What’s left is a fantastically improved player looking to advance further and even commence placing these parts together and sprinkling in Corey’s super licks from his other two courses. Corey’s courses are a real treat that should not be missed!! Jim

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  7. Gavin - April 29, 2014 11:29 pm

    G’DAY CORY ,ITS GAVIN FROM AUSTRALIA GOT THE SOLO FACTORY LESSONS AND WOULD LIKE TO SAY IT REALLY IS THE BEST TEXAS BLUES LESSONS OUT THERE AS I HAVE PURCHASED QUITE A FEW OVER TIME,IT IS USEABLE STRAIGHT AWAY AND THE LICKS SOUND GREAT.I MIXED A FEW OF YOUR LICKS AND BACKING TRACKS OFF SOME OF YOUR OTHER TEXAS LESSONS ADDED SOME INTROS AND ENDINGS AND PLAYED A FEW TUNES TO SOME MATES AT A BBQ ON THE WEEKEND AND THEY THOUGHT I WAS CHRISTMAS.GONNA GRAB YOUR RYTHM FACTORY LESSONS TODAY AND LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING INTO IT.ALL THE BEST CHEERS GAVIN

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