Blues For Freida

Eric Skye

New Ideas for Fingerstyle Creativity

30-minute video lesson includes music and tab on pdf file
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  • Skill Level:Intermediate (4)

In this 30-minute Homespun lesson, Eric teaches his original song, “Blues for Freida,” a stunningly beautiful minor-key instrumental featuring simple yet innovative chord voicings that will excite any intermediate player.

In a thoughtful, methodical way, Eric teaches the chords and the melody, then discusses how he approaches variations and soloing. His clear and concise instruction will inspire you to dig deeper into applications for these stunning musical lines that are woven throughout this piece. 

This lesson is chock full of great ideas for any fingerstyle guitar instrumental you may choose to write or arrange.

Often billed as an acoustic jazz guitarist, Eric Skye actually occupies a unique niche between traditional acoustic music, modal jazz, folk, and blues. A lifetime of musical interests has led him to have a fully realized and wide-ranging style that is all threaded together with a healthy respect for the groove, and a passion for up close, uncluttered, and unadulterated acoustic tone.

"I have been through Eric’s lesson this morning and I found it exceptional.  It is a great tune and Eric really breaks it down into simple and easy to understand chunks. I especially appreciated Eric’s advice on how to improvise over the song.  It was very clear and simple to follow.  I finally found a song that I feel that I can truly “make my own” as you always recommend." - Bruce Byrnes

Dan Griffith 3 years, 3 months ago

Yesterday, I watched Eric's lesson for the second time. He shares playing and composing tips that I have not found in other sources. Eric deconstructs his song "Blues For Freida" and exposes the beauty of simplicity. As Woody Guthrie said 'Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.' He demonstrates how within each chord he leverages the bass and makes melody come to the front. This course is worth the cost many times over.

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Happy Traum 3 years, 2 months ago

Hey Dan, Thanks so much for this nice comment. We agree that Eric's lesson is unique, both in its deep musicality and in the simplicity of his approach to teaching. We appreciate your taking the time to post this.

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Chris Landry 3 years, 1 month ago

Little bit off the subject but what's the beautiful guitar that he's playing?

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Happy Traum 3 years, 1 month ago

That's an Eric Skye model made by Santa Cruz Guitars. I agree that it's a beauty.

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John 2 years, 8 months ago

Great lesson with unlimited variations one of my favorite lesson like to see more from him
Thank you

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Gary E Powell 1 year, 3 months ago

I love this song! It's easily the most beautiful music I've ever (almost) learned. Hopefully, Eric will produce more song/lessons along these lines.

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