Bloomfield on Soloing
A Short Excerpt
from a Lesson with Mike


Here, in Michael Bloomfield's own words, is a detailed description of the way he approached improvisation. In 1976, a talented guitarist from the Bay Area sought Bloomfield out for a few lessons on improving his technique. On March 16, he taped one of his sessions with Michael, and Bloomfield went into a deconstruction of a solo over the chords to "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out." He begins by discussing scales, moves on to chords and then demonstrates guitar styles. To hear this remarkable mini-lesson, click on the player.

Recording courtesy of an anonymous donor to Mike Bloomfield: An American Guitarist