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 […]
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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.
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.
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.