In this Tuesday Blues lesson, we’ll take a look at a fairly complicated picking pattern in a Texas Blues Shuffle Style. This is a tone of fun to play, but don’t let my excitement fool you. This takes work to nail. Take you’re time with this one and work up to a quick tempo. And…have fun!
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One of the coolest intro’s in blues was made popular by Robert Johnson in tunes like Kind Hearted Woman Blues and Love in Vain. In this lesson, we’ll walk note-for-note through a simplified version of this popular intro perfectly suited for kicking off an A blues.
One of the best ways to learn to move around the fretboard is to try playing a new lick in as many different spots as you can on the guitar neck.
There are a few musical characteristics that give the Blues that “blues” sound. The extensive use of chromatics in this style of music is certainly one of those must know techniques. In this lesson, we’ll look at a quick lick to get you used to moving up or down the neck chromatically in a bluesy way.
This lesson introduces one of the common threads in most blues: Call & Response. This musical technique/device/whatever is used as a way to connect musical ideas in a very lyrical or vocal way. This lesson gives you an introduction to how we apply this to the guitar.
We all know that we should warm up our hands every time we pick up the guitar to play. For some reason though (I can’t imagine why) we just want to get straight to the blues! This little exercise is just easy enough to become an automatic warm up and challenging enough to keep you improving.
This is one of my all time favorite licks. It is super useful because there’s really not that much movement that’s involved. This is truly one of those sneaky licks that you can pull off without hardly moving your fret-hand.
There’s simply no denying that Robert Johnson is one of the most influential blues players of all time. Arguably, he’s probably THE most influential blues player. Ever. There’s so much to be said about his playing in the 29 recorded songs he left us to puzzle over for a lifetime. But for this lesson, we’ll […]
One of the toughest pain points in learning the blues is getting past a few wide stretches. I recommend that you start slow and work up to tough stretches like the power chord shuffle shape. But, there’s no reason to let this stop you from playing some awesome blues!
This lesson provides 3 solid workarounds to a tough stretch.
Learning little bits and parts of blues songs is certainly fun and over time you’ll figure out how to mix and match these parts into your own jams. Still, there’s nothing quite like pulling off an entire song. The middle ground? An entire progression. This lesson combines several different lessons in the Tuesday Blues series into one flowing country blues progression.
I love licks in the lower register of the guitar. Those low notes are often forgotten about by guitarists (like my former self). This lesson is all about a funky bass lick that gets you out of box 1 and works on your legato skills.
In this lesson, we’ll continue the picking pattern from Tuesday Blues #007 over a C Major Chord. Plus, there’s a little trick thrown in for a little challenge.