Here’s a lesson on how to play a sweet lick from Big Bill Broonzy’s tune, Mississippi River Blues. We’ll cover how to play this little gem in A, but we’ll also learn how to move this lick into any key.
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Let’s start this thing off with a bang! Here’s one idea for starting off an E Blues song.
Idea for the E chord in a fingerpicking blues style tune. Plus, we learn how to turn this and Lesson #2 and Lesson #9 into a nice twelve bar blues progression.
Have you ever wondered how to make your D chord sound bluesy? For some reason, I always felt like I couldn’t do much with the D chord when it came up. I could power through it by relying on the tried and true shuffle pattern, but after a while you need a little more. Fortunately, […]
There are few things bluesier on the guitar than snapping your low bass string at just the right time. It’s raw. It’s mean. And it is a guitar technique that you should definitely spend some time with if you want to play some blues. Watch the Video to Learn How to Snap a Bass String […]
Ever try to get your pinky to jump out of its comfort zone? Not so easy is it? For me it wasn’t easy, especially when I was starting out on the guitar. Truth be told, it’s still quite stubborn. To combat this renegade digit, I deliberately put it through its paces with licks and exercises. […]
Triplets are the most important thing to learn if you want to play some sweet blues.
OK, maybe I’m overstating my case a bit, but trust me these little guys are incredibly useful. I find myself using triplets in nearly every tune I play or lick I write.
So, what are triplets you ask? It would be nice if triplets were some sort of special guitar gadget that made you a blues master shortly after purchasing one…or three. But, no that’s not it. Brace yourself though, because to talk triplets we have to talk theory.
Pentatonics are tricky little devils. On the surface, it’s hard to fathom that five little notes could give guitarists so much pleasure and yet, at times, so much pain. A well-placed pentatonic lick is golden. Not having a clue how to dance outside the trusty pentatonic boxes is not. Unfortunately, many of us get caught in […]
When you hear BB King, you absolutely know it! Part of his unmistakable sweet sound is his ability to weave in and out of major and minor pentatonics at just the right time. The lick we cover in this lesson mimics some of BB’s prowess in blending both the A Major Pentatonic and A Minor […]
Finger picking is simple. It, however, is not easy. It’s really tough to get your thumb pumping out a good solid bass line while pushing through the chords. Oh yeah, on top of that, you have to pluck out the melody. This certainly seems complicated and for good reason. There’s quite a lot going on just to […]
What do you love about finger picking blues? For me, it’s because finger picking is self-sustaining. One guy, one guitar. Go. I love playing with others, don’t get me wrong. But, sitting down with an acoustic guitar and simply being able to play some music complete with rhythm, bass line and melody is incredibly fulfilling as […]
Grab the TAB: PDF | GuitarPro 6 Premium Members Click Here to View the Lesson on myBGI Seventh chords are used a ton in blues and in this lesson, you’ll learn: How to Play an A7 Chord (technically called an A dominant 7th, but we say A7 for short) The 4 Notes Needed in Any […]