Doug Fearman's Guitar Lessons
Doug has been playing guitar for 45 years, having first picked up the instrument in 1965. He took to the instrument right away, and started playing in bands, doing American and British rock and roll, R&B, and surf music.
Doug developed a love for the blues in 1966, while serving in the USMC. He dove headlong into that genre, and played steadily in blues and blues-rock bands in western New York for 20 years.
Doug has taught privately for over 20 years. He's also produced two beginner instructional tape/booklet offerings, "Blues Soloing for Beginning Guitarists" and "Country-Rock Soloing for Beginning Guitarists".
In this tutorial I'll show you some approaches to playing over southern rock style rhythms. First is the G minor pentatonic scale over a funky rhythm and a simple 2 note lick. In lesson two, I'll demo the chords in the key of G and play some funkified rhythms. Next up are some single-note fills, followed by a chordal fill. In lesson 5 we'll use the dorian scale in this context. Last, I'll show you another southern rock style lick.Published: 03/26/2011 Upgrade
In this tutorial we'll explore a wide variety of scales and licks that work with a 3 chord progression in the key of C. The 3 chords we'll be using are C (the I chord), F (the IV chord), and Bb ( the dominant VII chord). This chord progression has been used in many southern rock and blues rock songs.Published: 07/26/2009 Upgrade
Who says you can't play a tasty blues solo using only a few notes? In this tutorial you'll learn how to create a blues solo using only a few notes on one or two strings. We'll break down lots of very simple licks here, using on-screen graphics and played at half and quarter speeds so you can get them under your fingers.Published: 01/23/2009 Upgrade
In this tutorial of 15 lessons, Ill be teaching you numerous blues licks that are "in the style of" the players that have been my favorites and inspired me over the years. Each lesson contains one or more licks, often several, that are used in the context of a solo over the 12 bar blues form in the key of G. I'll use on-screen graphics to help you out, and also use slo-mo so you can really "get it".Published: 06/26/2011 Upgrade
The six lessons in this tutorial will tune you into some ways to play blues leads higher up the neck. In lesson one I'll show you how to emphasize the II note, F#, in the E minor pentatonic scale. Next I'll focus on the V note, B, and employ a bend in three short solos. Lesson 3 shows a simple blues riff that's made into a solo; following that I'll break down a relatively easy solo. Lessons 5 and 6 demonstrate the E minor pentatonic scale on the 12th to 15th frets and beyond.Published: 11/30/2011 Upgrade
This series of lessons demonstrates some funky fill notes that accompany a I-IV-V blues in the key of C. These fill notes are taken from the blues scale, and include the I, V, dominant 7, and octave. After demonstrating the chords used, I show you several variations with these notes that you can use to play fills over the chords.Published: 08/26/2011 Upgrade
In this tutorial I'll show you how to take a different approach to a turnaround by moving to the IV chord. We're using a progression in the key of A that I'll show you in the first lesson. Then we'll look at how to use the A minor pentatonic scale in this context, followed by the A dorian scale. In the last lesson I'll show you some licks using both scales.Published: 01/26/2011 Upgrade
Jamming and Improvisation
This tutorial will introduce you to six modes that will improve your improvisational skills. We'll examine the ionian, dorian, phrygian, lydian, mixolydian, and aeolian modes in G major, played over an A minor to D progression. I'll use on-screen graphics to give a visual aid.Published: 09/24/2008 Upgrade
In a previous tutorial you were introduced to the C to F chord progression. This progression can be difficult; especially for beginning players. In my newest tutorial I'll demonstrate the Cmaj7 and Fmaj7 chord progression. These chords are much easier to play than their major counterparts. You'll see and hear how various scales played against this progression sound.Published: 03/25/2012 Upgrade
It's not fun to go to a jam session only to discover that you don't know the songs they want to do and they don't know yours either. A simple solution is to lay down 2 or 3 chords and jam over them. It's a lot of fun and everyone gets to play. This series of lessons covers several different, simple chord patterns and the scales that can be used to jam along with them.Published: 01/26/2011 Upgrade
Basic Scale Theory
Whether you want to try your hand at song writing or just want to jam; it's a good idea to understand the relationship between the notes in a scale and the chords that accompany those notes. In these four lessons I'll show you how to build chords from the notes in the C major scale.Published: 01/26/2012 Upgrade