Learn Blues Guitar

Getting Ready For The Blues?

learn-blues-guitarOne of my favorite guitar playing activities is without a doubt to dig into some electric or acoustic blues songs. Slow delta blues, Texas shuffle or Chicago blues – it’s all good stuff to me! From the very beginning as a guitar novice, one of my objectives was to learn blues guitar. Don’t know why – it always struck me as genuine and real.

However, it wasn’t until quite recently that I got more serious about it. Having the opportunity to play with some truly great blues guitar players, I soon discovered that it took more than a superficial knowledge of the basic pentatonic scale (blues scale), 12-bar blues and your average blues chords and chord progressions to follow those cats around comfortably without messing it up or stepping on someones musical toes.

The guys were just smiling and being cool about my feeble attempt at playing. It was more my own pride and sense of not doing it quite right that got to me.

Just jamming and hanging around with them every now and then sure meant some real progress in my guitar skills. Still, it was stumbling across this guitar blues course: Playing Through The Blues that really gave me the push to begin learning how to play proper and convincing blues guitar without sounding like I was just messing around on my own or throwing random and rather stale blues licks out there.

As I’m progressing – and let us not try to fool ourselves here … this is a life long process of learning – I begin to grasp how to play blues lead guitar more convincingly.

Also I have finally begun to see the true value of, and get a better grasp of “comping” – playing behind a solo instrument or singer without getting in the way or sounding plain old boring. Some of the idea here is to know when not to play – a vital part of the blues for sure.

The blues may perhaps seem real easy and straight forward on the surface, but it is darned hard to pull of with the raw emotion and feel for the genre that is required.

The best part after all is that I feel much more comfortable now to just jam with people I don’t know that well. Even playing songs I haven’t heard before, or don’t immediately recognize, isn’t really that big a challenge. For sure, I wouldn’t dare to step up with major players like Clapton (yeah I know … dream on), but I’m sure you catch my drift. Since playing with others is a huge part of what music is all about (at least to me), having this ability to go with the flow is a major thing!

I suppose it may be a better understanding of the theory, the underlying blues guitar and blues music principles that has made me more relaxed in blues jam sessions with folks more accomplished than myself.

As the tradition is with all the best online guitar courses, you have a number of great jam tracks included in this how to play the blues course, in addition to video lessons, audio examples, written documentation and much more. It sure is great to have a jam track going when you want to rehearse what you’re learning until it sticks! No one here to give me an evil eye when I mess up :-)

If you’re interested in ways to learn blues guitar, I’m pretty sure you’ll find heaps of valuable stuff here for years to come. I’ve tried it out for a while now and I feel I’m only scratching the surface…

And, if you have any questions or comments about the blues or blues guitar playing, I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to get in touch or leave a comment below! What is your preferred way of learning blues guitar skills?

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34 Responses to “Learn Blues Guitar”

  1. zaklady bukmacherskie Says:

    I see a lot of interesting posts here, like this one about blues guitar. Bookmarked for future reference.

  2. Fred Says:

    Good work, keep us posted on playing blues guitar, you are good writer.

  3. Len Says:

    Would you mind telling me where you got your guitar playing theme from? Really easy on the eyes.

  4. Maya G. Says:

    Your blog about learning to play guitar is so informative; keep up the good work!

  5. Hans Derrow Says:

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  7. Roxana Ure Says:

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  8. Brian Says:

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  9. mo Says:

    Cool blues guitar post – will be checking back.

  10. Cass Says:

    Nice blog and a spiffy blues guitar post!

  11. Arthur Yzaguirre Says:

    Now, blues guitar… that is what I call fun to play!

  12. Ann Says:

    Informative post about learning blues guitar, thanks.

  13. Cecil Fields Says:

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  14. Winona Garret Says:

    Finally, I’ve been able to find the stuff I was searching for. I have been doing research on this subject of learning blues guitar, and for a couple of days I’ve been searching sites supposed to deliver what I was searching for, only to be discouraged with the lack of enough quality information. Really wish I’d come here sooner!

  15. Osvald Hallway Says:

    Thanks for the enthusiasm about blues guitar – good stuff.

  16. Sachiko Kamai Says:

    Thank you for this great information! I’ve been wanting to learn how to play the guitar for years but always thought it would be to hard. The course being recommended has changed my mind about that. Once again, Thanks!

  17. Country Guitar Lessons Online Says:

    Nice post, this is exactly the information I was looking for. Are you going to be covering this blues guitar topic in greater detail soon? Hope so! Thanks

  18. Frances Says:

    Cool blues guitar resource. Thank you.

  19. Hernandes Says:

    Thanks for an interesting posts about learning blues guitar skills.

  20. Stephan G. Says:

    Nice post and info about blues guitar and how to go about learning it :-)

  21. Ivan Mayers Says:

    Thanks for blogging about blues guitar playing – my favorite hobby for many years :-)

  22. theoretical guitarist Says:

    Mastering guitar theory ideas is very important, fantastic info you’ve here. I continue to feel the pentatonic-blues scale is amongst the most essential thing a rookie student has to understand, just look at the blues musicians, a lot of them are very famous and only make use of the blues scale.

  23. Stori Krikwen Says:

    You’re thinking about Beginning Blues Guitar but don’t know where to start. Well, let me tell you that the best way to begin playing the blues is to get yourself a teacher. Enrolling in a music school and paying tuition fees for the lessons could be expensive. So the next best thing would be to learn how to play this genre of music through DVD lessons.

  24. Toney Lambson Says:

    If you have been in awe of all those blues Gods like Stevie Ray and BB King then we are providing you with a comprehensive blues guitar instruction that teaches you everything you will ever need to know, from holding the guitar to playing all those favorites.

  25. Lucy B Bream Says:

    Hi! I appreciate your guitar blues post. Stay the best! :)

  26. Free Sheet Music Says:

    Nice piece about learning blues guitar. I might want to play it on the guitar.

  27. learn how to play the blues Says:

    Great stuff about play blues guitar, keep up the good work!

  28. Kai Esbensen Says:

    Great article about blues guitar! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I hope to read more from you on the subject in the future.

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    You should post more frequently. I’ve absolutely nothing better to do.

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  33. Dan Rosazza Says:

    I’m afraid I’m not that much of a online reader (love to turn out the odd blues licks tho’). Your blog is really nice, so keep it up!

  34. Lily Kim Says:

    Hi, and thank you for the helpful information. Keep me updated through email when you have new posts.

    Thank you

    Cheers from rainy Vancouver, Canada

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