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Here’s a Quick Way to Expand Your Blues

Lesson ID: TB187

In this lesson, we’ll take a look at a simple tuning tweak that can really expand your blues sound.

Think insanely de-tuned guitars are just for metalheads?

It turns out, Blues pickers from long ago were getting some serious growl from their acoustic guitars by tuning down to dropped B and below. There are many examples of down-tuned guitars in Blues, but one that is really grabbing my ear lately is Broke Down Engine by Blind Willie McTell which inspired this lesson.

Grab your guitar and tune your 6th string to a low B and let’s get pickin!

You’ll learn:

  • How to Get Into Dropped-B Tuning
  • How Dropped-B Changes Your Sound
  • A Four Bar Example

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