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Here’s a Quick Way to Get Started with Delta Blues

Lesson ID: TB130

In this lesson from Blues Guitar Institute, we’ll get deep into a 12 bar Delta Blues tune.

When you think of acoustic blues, chances are pretty good that sounds of Delta Blues come to mind. Players like Robert Johnson, Skip James and Son House helped shape what we commonly call Delta Blues. Some argue that Delta Blues is a region (they’re correct) and others tout that the sound rather than the place define the genre (they’re correct, too).

Any way you look at it, Delta Blues is influential on Blues music and let’s be honest, it’s a ton of fun to play.

In this lesson, we’ll look at a slow-paced Delta Blues style number complete with call-and-response licks, heavy use of 7th chords and a driving, steady beat.

You’ll learn:

  • How to play basic licks while keeping the bass going with the thumb
  • Why sometimes a single note says more than a hundred
  • How to add a little something special to the tried and true turnaround

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