Listen to Our Faculty Musicians

Listen to Our Faculty Musicians

Billy Branch

Blues Harp | View on Youtube

Johnny Burgin

Blues Guitar | View on Youtube

Joanna Connor

Blues Slide Guitar | View on Youtube

Bob Stroger

Blues Bass | View on Youtube

John Kattke

Blues Keyboards | View on Youtube

Billy Flynn

Blues Guitar | View on Youtube

Deitra Farr

Blues Vocals | View on Youtube

Dave Specter

Blues Guitar | View on Youtube

Harlan Terson

Blues Bass | View on Youtube

Our Set List

  • All Your Love I Miss Lovin’
  • Big Boss Man
  • Blow Wind Blow
  • Bright Lights, Big City
  • Dust My Broom
  • Got My Mojo Working
  • Help Me
  • Just a Little Bit
  • Key To The Highway
  • Killing Floor
  • Let Me Love You Baby
  • Messin’ With The Kid
  • My Babe
  • Smokestack Lightning
  • Stormy Monday
  • That’s All right

Go to our Set List

Sample Video Lesson
Billy Flynn: "All Your Love I Miss Lovin'"

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CHICAGO BLUES BOOTCAMP 2022

Dates: Sunday, May 29 – Sunday, June 3, 2022
Lessons: Sunday, May 29 – Friday, June 3, 2022

Location: Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605. Per Roosevelt University Policy, all participants, faculty, staff and students must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated in order to attend. – View

TRACKS

Intermediate Blues Guitar Track – Read More

Topics of Study
Modal, 8, 12, 16 bar progressions, variations
Major and minor blues forms
Boogies, shuffles, jumps, lumpty-lumps, rhumbas, stop time and other blues rhythms
Chord inversions, basic and advanced comping, rhythm riffs
Quarter, half and full note bends
Major and minor pentatonic, and blues scales

Advanced Blues Guitar Track – Read More

Topics of Study
Major and minor pentatonic and blues scales
Articulations, bends, vibrato, slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs
Picking, plucking, rakes, right hand techniques
Motif development and what makes a distinctive melody
Intros, endings, turnarounds
Tone and its relationship to playing technique, the instrument, and the amplifier.

Blues Bass Track – Read More

Topics of Study
The Blues scale and bass lines
Plucking, thumb, fingers and picks, muting
Modal, 8, 12, 16 bar Blues progressions, variations, major and minor forms
Intros, turnarounds, endings
Walking the bass lines
Staccato, legato, dynamics
Octaves, fifths and chord
Keeping time, holding down the bottom

Blues Harp Track – Read More

Topics of Study
The Blues scale
Cross harp, 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions
Embouchure, lip pursing or pucker, tongue blocking, slaps, flutters
Bends, glissandos, tremolo, vibrato, shakes
Basic Blues chords, licks, and solos
Tone and its relationship to playing technique, the instrument, and the amplifier

Vocals/Comping Track – Read More

Topics of Study: Vocals
– How to sing properly and preparation for singing.
– How to sing blues in your own voice.
– Choosing songs that are appropriate for you and putting together a repertoire.
– How to tell the band/accompanist what you want and need.
– Stage presentation

Guitar Accompaniment:
– Overall concept of “backup guitar”.
– Hearing and reacting to “cues”.
– Dynamics: How and when to “back off”.
– Standard rhythm guitar patterns and bass lines.
– Chords and chord voicing.
– How and when to “comp chords”.
– Playing with or without rhythm section.
– Leading the rhythm section.
– Flatpick v. fingers (fingerpicks).
– Playing appropriate and effective “lead guitar” behind a singer.
– Holding “the groove.”

Details
The Chicago Blues Bootcamp 2022 Package includes:
⚆ Immersive 5-Day camp with Chicago Blues Masters
⚆ 6-month subscription to At Home Chicago Blues
⚆ Chicago Blues Bootcamp curriculum Fakebook—tabs, music notation, lyrics, history of the 16 Chicago Blues Standards
⚆ 12-month individual membership to the Blues Foundation

Tuition:
Register before January 31, 2022: $2,275
Register between February 1, 2022 – March 31, 2022: $2,575
Register on April 1, 2022 or after: $2,775

Equipment Rental:
Practice Amps: $75

Lodging:
Stay at Roosevelt University dorms May 29 – June 3: $500

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