Want to learn how to play the Blues?
Then this course is for you. This is a
1 hours and 40 minutes 2 hour long video for guitar players new to Blues. I will teach you the foundations you must know if you want to be good blues guitar player. I use real-world concepts and examples, and there is plenty of opportunities for jamming with me in the video.
This course is not only for those who are new to the Blues. In fact, I know you will find it useful if you have already played for a while, but aren’t completely solid yet with your rhythm playing. Also, if you want to improve your chording and comping skills, this course will be very helpful for you. There’s lots of jamming/play-along opportunities in this lesson.
What’s in the course?
Introduction to playing The Blues. Learn about what makes a shuffle a shuffle, and how rhythm is so essential to blues-based music.
Basic music theory – learn what scale degrees are, and which ones we use when playing a blues shuffle. You will learn how the play a common “Blues Shuffle” pattern, in the key of E, using only fretted notes.
The 12 Bar Progression, & the I – IV – V
Learn the the 12 Bar Blues Progression, and what the “Quick Change” is. You will also learn about the I chord, the IV chord and the V chord.
Open Position Shuffle Blues – key of A
You will learn a new shuffle pattern, now in the key of A, using open positions (no barring).
We’ll also add some more finesse to the shuffle pattern, and you’ll learn what “Turnaround” is. We will also add 7 chords to the Turnaround to make it more interesting and more fun to play.
Shuffle & Chords over a 12 bar blues – key of A
You will learn 4 different ways to play over this progression – 1 simple shuffle vamp, and 3 ways of chording. Each of the 3 ways of chording uses not only different chords, but also different rhythms. You will learn 3 very useful chording ideas, which you can reuse in almost any blues tune. I often use these specific chord voicings myself. You’ll even learn how to play D13 and E13!
On-screen TAB and info
One thing I worked a lot on regarding this course is the on-screen TAB. I think you will find this very useful, as you rarely need to look anything up in a separate TAB document, because you have it all on the screen as it is presented – chords, TAB, and related information.
After you purchase, you will get a link to download a zip file. This file is 1.2 GB, so it may take a long time to download. After the download has finished, you double-click on the zip file, and it will extract the following folders:
A Quicktime move file (.mov file extension) of 1:40 in length. If you have any playback issues, please download Quicktime (it is completely free).
You get several PDFs with TAB (this information is also shown on screen in the video.) You also get the Guitar Pro 6 files used in this course.
Four mp3 files are included.
- Two drums-only tracks at 95 BPM and 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute).
- Two jam tracks for the chording examples towards the end of the video, at 95 and 120 BPM.
AND – you get a BONUS included
16 Bar Blues
I am also including a 20 minute lesson on the “16 Bar Blues”, a different kind of blues progression. It’s quite common though, and perhaps the most famous blues tune that uses this progression is “My Babe”, by Little Walter. This lesson teaches you how to play this kind of tune. A fun song to play! Included is 1 video file, 1 Guitar Pro 6 file, and 1 TAB file in PDF format.
What this course is not
I want make it clear as well that this is not a course for someone who has never played guitar. Even though a complete beginner will enjoy this lesson, it’s primarily aimed at those who have played guitar for a little while, but have not yet mastered the fundamentals of the blues. For example, it’s assumed that you already know how to hold the pick, and how to play a barre chord. However, I do teach you how to play dominant 7 barre chords, diminished chords and dominant 13 chords, among many other things, so there’s plenty of details in regards to blues rhythm, basic theory and chords.
To summarize, if you are new to The Blues, or want to refresh your understanding and skills in the Basics of Blues, this course is for you.
Easy Blues Solo
This course is a great complement for learning how to solo. It is a 48 bars long easy blues solo. In this course, you’ll learn the 5 blues boxes and then use them to play the solo. A great way to learn the scale all over the neck.
Tom sent me this picture, and the following comment (click image for larger version):
“Even though I have been playing for sometime around the house and for friends, I thought maybe the course would have been very easy to watch and follow. I ended up stopping it and backing up in several spots, because I didn’t know how to do some of the things you were teaching. I think anyone would benefit from this course. Even if you play the blues on stage every week, I think you will learn AT LEAST one or two new things from this course.”.
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I bought several of your courses... late one night (even though I had promised myself not to buy any more guitar courses - I have purchased about 30 guitar courses over the past 7 years and was mostly just frustrated). The bottom line is this... your "Introduction to the Blues" was a wonderful course! I worked through the whole thing and had a great time. You have a great style and the lessons were easy to follow and very fun to play. I cant wait to start the other two courses I purchased.
Your student and fan,