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How to Play Ragtime Blues in 3 Simple Steps

Lesson ID: TB268

In this lesson, we’ll have a look at a straightforward, linear approach to learning a ragtime blues piece.

Ragtime music can sound a bit daunting. No doubt, it’s complex. Moving basslines, odd chord choices and the syncopated melody are all difficult to play on the guitar.

And as if that weren’t enough, many of our favorite guitarists in this style (Blind Blake, anyone?) did this all on one instrument!

Let’s take things step-by-step to make things a bit more manageable.

We can build a nice little ragtime blues piece by focusing on three different aspects of the music.

You’ll learn:

  • A great way to approach learning your first ragtime blues piece
  • How to embellish chords with nearby notes to create a melody
  • Why fingerpicking patterns can be extremely helpful when you’re just getting started

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