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Imagine traveling from the Middle East into Africa. What sound would you be hearing as you encountered nomadic caravans camped at each desert oasis? Likely it would be desert blues, a music both ancient and contemporary, a guitar style that is beautifully haunted yet capable of wild, spontaneous improvisation and intense rhythmic groove.

In these remote lands, often torn apart by conflict, music brings people together: the Festival in the Desert in Northern Mali existed as the most exciting celebration of guitar-based music anywhere. Here musicians from across the world gathered to hear and learn desert blues guitar. This elemental sound blends the Tuareg musicians of the Sahel region with the mystical healing tones of the Moroccan gnawa and the African timbre found in the ancient and beautiful music of Mali, Senegal and Mauritania. Shaped by ancient civilizations, the very basis of blues and jazz, rock and trance, a sound that inspires souls to fly.

One thousand years of North African history…..plugged into an amplifier.

A Guided Journey

Justin Adams needs little introduction, he being one of Britain’s master guitarists - whether he’s Robert Plant’s right-hand man or Jah Wobble’s foil, producer of Tinariwen and Rachid Taha, a studio collaborator with the likes of Brian Eno and Sinead O’Connor, half of the JUJU duo with Gambian griot Juldeh Camara or joining Ben Mandelson and Lu Edmonds in maverick folk trio Les Triaboliques.

Adams' long connection with the music emanating from the Sahara and North Africa has ensured that he is amongst the most influential electric guitarists of the 21st Century. Just as his British forefathers Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton picked up on US blues and rockabilly to pioneer new levels of dynamic improvisation in rock guitar, Adams’ immersion in (and understanding of) the music of the Berbers and Tuareg - who roam the Sahara - and the griots of Africa has literally expanded and enriched the electric guitar’s sonic palette.

Born in London and spending his early childhood years in Egypt - his father was a diplomat - Adams grew up loving both the British pop/rock music he heard on the BBC and the North African music encountered on the streets and souks of Cairo. As a young guitarist back in Britain it was his ability to blend elements of both musical cultures that made him such a distinctive musician and an in-demand player for visionary producers and band leaders who wanted to step outside convention.

Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Mali, Egypt

Module 1 - Studying Sufi & Rai Music29.06  

Lesson 1 - An Introduction To North African Rhythms5.49

Lesson 2 - Response Bar Variations On The Rai Groove6.24

Lesson 3 - North African Rhythm Guitar Patterns3.47

Lesson 4 - Studying Tunisian Sufi Song3.46

Lesson 5 - Sidi Mansour - Melodic Details3.27

Lesson 6 - Learning Abdul Kader5.53

Module 2 - North African 6/8 Grooves 28.36  

Lesson 7 – How To Feel Moroccan 6/8 Rhythms6.20

Lesson 8 – Tinariwen Style Accompaniment Groove6.27

Lesson 9 – Response Bar Groove In 6/8 5.34

Lesson 10 – Adapting Abdul Kader Into 6/83.35

Lesson 11 – Raina Rai - Algerian Song Study6.40

Module 3 - Moroccan Gnawa For Guitar12.29  

Lesson 12 – Introduction To Gnawa Music3.18

Lesson 13 – Traditional Gnawa Song - lghzayel Mayel5.02

Lesson 14 – Adapting Ighzayel Mayel Into 6/8 Time4.09

Module 4 - Desert Tunings, Egypt & The Ngoni32.35  

Lesson 15 – The Ngoni - Traditional African Stringed Instrument11.18

Lesson 16 – Desert Tunings - Zaha Teneray by Tinariwen8.17

Lesson 17 – Learning Egyptian Guitar Melodies8.11

Lesson 18 – Enta Omry - Breaking Down The Details4.49

9 Free Live Lessons

The 9 live lessons are part of a month long program called Total Immersion Desert Guitar which is an add on to our pre-recorded Desert Guitar Origins course and designed to get you fully absorbed and fluent in the language or Desert Guitar.

Participate in the lessons live or watch the replays anytime at your own convenience with lifetime access to all of this content.

Thursday Sept 2nd – Justin Adams 7pm UTC +1  

Justin Adams guides you through the course content and goes into further detail teaching about the rhythms and guitar styles of the desert 60.00

Tuesday Sept 7th - Derek Gripper 5pm UTC +1 

Derek Gripper leads a lesson dedicated to learning the guitar styles of the great Malian Grammy Award winning musician Ali Farka Toure 60.00

Thursday Sept 9th - Derek Gripper 7pm UTC +1  

Continuing on from Tuesday's lesson Derek Gripper teaches in further detail about the guitar approach of Ali Farka Toure 60.00

Tuesday Sept 14th - Mohammed Errebbaa 5pm UTC +1  

Moroccan Gnawa master musician Mohammed Errebbaa explains about the background of Moroccan music and teaches about the scales, rhythms and culture 60.00

Thursday Sept 16th - Justin Adams 7pm UTC +1  

Justin Adams guides you through the course content and goes into further detail teaching about the rhythms and guitar styles of the desert 60.00

Tuesday Sept 21st - Mohammed Errebbaa 5pm UTC +1  

Jam along with Mohammed as he gets you improvising with call and response lines over traditional Gnawa rhythms 60.00

Thursday Sept 23rd - Justin Adams 7pm UTC +1  

Justin Adams guides you through the course content and goes into further detail teaching about the rhythms and guitar styles of the desert 60.00

Tuesday Sept 28th - Andy Morgan5pm UTC +1  

Former Tinariwen manager Andy Morgan delivers a presentation about the history of music from the Sahara region 60.00

Thursday Sept 30th - Justin Adams 7pm UTC +1  

Justin Adams guides you through the course content and goes into further detail teaching about the rhythms and guitar styles of the desert 60.00

decode generations of

Influential Saharan Guitar Techniques

Justin Adams teaches a rhythmic approach to North and West African styles of playing guitar that is based on both groove and musical dialogue: these traditionally oral (non-written) forms of music are inclusive, open to long improvised sections, and can be very flexible. Adams’ guitar lessons will give students an insight not only to music from that region, but all the music that has its roots in the African diaspora who, via slavery and migration, have gone on to shape the world’s popular music: – from blues and jazz through Latin American salsa and Caribbean ska, reggae, calypso, zouk and beyond. And, of course, rock and roll guitar whose origins rest deep in West Africa.

“I became fascinated with the almost infinite forms of traditional music,” says Adams, “often using ancient stringed instruments and trance like dance rhythms. Sometimes it’s just party music, but modern bands like Morocco’s Nass El Ghiwane and Tuareg legends Tinariwen have politically engaged lyrics. While traditional forms such as Gnawa have a spiritual, healing function in society. Also, the West African Griot (hereditary musician) has a role as commentator on society and historian. Finally, it’s just such exciting, beautiful, enchanting music. I wonder where my guitar playing would be if I’d never been introduced to this world. ”

….. your repertoire with a new vocabulary of iconic desert guitar licks.

….. the rhythms of North Africa, understood from a guitarist’s perspective.

Popular Brazilian Drum Kit Rhythms

….. the picking techniques for emulating ancestral stringed instruments.

Learn Brazilian Drum Kit

….. split screen, close-up camera angles and detailed explanations.

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Learn Desert Guitar

desert guitar – origins, online course

£97

interactive on-screen notation

£77

north african backing tracks – volume one

£17

live masterclass and q&a

£17

the sounds of the sahara – ebook

£10

tartit, amankor – digital album download

£10

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Enrol today and get Total Immersion Desert Guitar completely free!

Offer limited to 25 students only.

9 live lessons taught by 4 world renown experts.

Learn Saharan Guitar

desert guitar – origins, online course

This 1 hour 45 min detailed course documents the historical guitar styles of the Sahara and North Africa with in-depth explanations and intriguing lessons.

interactive on-screen notation

Learning new skills is easier with our innovative, interactive tools. Access on-screen notation, tablature, animate fretboards, variable tempos, and more.

Tamikrest Guitar Styles

north african backing tracks – volume 1

Put your new techniques into practice and Jam on interactive recordings with Justin over different North African grooves.

Desert Blues Guitar Lessons

live masterclass
and q&a

Receive your invitation to the next live masterclass and Q&A and gain immediate feedback and answers from Justin Adams.

Tinariwen Guitar Styles

sounds of the sahara – ebook

Through a collection of articles by Andy Morgan learn about the different artists pioneering Saharan guitar music.

Sahel Blues Guitar

tartit, amankor – digital download

Download the album by the guardians of Tuareg music Tartit, hypnotic music abd a culture under attack.

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Enrol today and get Total Immersion Desert Guitar completely free!

Offer limited to 25 students only.

9 live lessons taught by 4 world renown experts.