There’s nothing more exhilarating for a guitarist than taking center stage and fronting a power trio. Witness the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Clapton and so many other masters of this genre. It’s also a lot more challenging than it looks and that’s the premise for Kelly Richey’s Power Trio course, which focuses on the key elements, creative approaches and techniques that define the genre.
”We're going to focus on the essential techniques and specific elements that are used when playing guitar in a blues-rock power trio. We'll look at rhythm and lead guitar techniques and how they overlap, working together seamlessly to create a powerful wall of sound. I'll also focus on the importance of creating musical ‘holes’, the power of creating space and how to work with a drummer and bass player to create a unique sound that best supports your guitar style.”
Kelly organized this course into four sections. In the first section, Kelly overviews the history of Blues-Rock Power Trios and some of the key players of the genre. Kelly also runs down the most common gear and tone considerations you’ll need to dial in to get that signature power trio blues-rock sound.
”We'll look at how to design the right guitar rig to support your unique style. You'll learn about guitar tone, effects, amplifiers and speaker configuration - all the things critical for you to have sustain, texture and articulation to support your signature power trio sound.”
In the second section, Kelly guides you through a series of essential rhythm techniques. She'll show you the go-to chord voicings, a variety of ways to embellish your chords and some riff based approaches that weave rhythm and lead playing together.
In the third section, you'll focus on soloing techniques. Kelly shares tips and tricks for animating your pentatonic scales with punctuation, articulation and dynamics. Kelly also demonstrates how to incorporate bends and vibrato to bring each note to life.
”We'll work on approaches for playing lead guitar in a power trio setting. You'll learn essential soloing techniques that reveal how to build a bridge between lead and rhythm guitar, leverage dynamics and create the musical ‘holes’ necessary to fully connect with a rhythm section.”
In the final section, you’ll apply everything that you learned in the previous sections as you play your way through four Performance Studies in a variety of keys and feels: Love, Whole Lotta Love, You Wanna Rock and Blues Rock Haze.
Kelly demonstrates all of the Performance Studies over rhythm tracks and then breaks them down by stepping you through the key concepts and techniques employed in the performance.
All of the key examples and Performance Studies are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can loop and/or slow any section down as you work through the lessons. Plus, Kelly generously includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own.
So grab your guitar and let’s power up with Kelly Richey!
Kelly Richey is one of the hardest working independent musicians out there; to date logging an extraordinary 1,000,000 miles touring, and at one point in her 30-year professional career, gigging a grueling 275 days out of the year. Richey has toured in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Born in Lexington, Kentucky but now based in Cincinnati, Richey started playing guitar at the age of 15. Today, a staggering 4,000 gigs later, she more than earns the title of master guitarist and singer/songwriter. She has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out”. She has been listed as among the top 100 gifted guitarists by the Truefire Community in 2011, and frequently draws comparisons to blues guitar icons Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Richey has shared the stage with such legends as Lonnie Mack and Albert King, and has opened for Joe Cocker, Lita Ford, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Walter Trout, Little Feat, Foghat, REO Speedwagon, George Thorogood, Average White Band, Robben Ford, Warren Zevon, and James Brown. Richey has fronted her blues/rock power trio, The Kelly Richey Band since the early 1990’s, and she also performs an intense, dazzling solo show incorporating electric and acoustic guitar, looping, beats, electronic sound synthesis, and some of her more personal acoustic material.