Learn how to play blues on the guitar
Learning how to play the blues on the guitar is as much fun as listening to it, and who doesn’t want to know the same things as B.B. King, Albert Colling or any of these guitar legends?
And this is what I’m going to try to get you to know how to play the same things that allowed these great guitarists to become what they were. For that, here at GPAP you will find exercises that will help you master different facets of this style from scratch. These tasks include everything you need to learn to sound like a pro: rhythms, plucks, licks, solos, turnaround etc.
In addition, all these tutorials can be played with both electric, acoustic, Spanish or classical guitar. Normally you will see me in the videos that I play with an electric, but it is only because it is easier for me to prepare the videos with it.
If you also want to learn to play other styles on the guitar or simply improve, do not hesitate to browse the entire web.
Blues on the beginner level guitar
Blues is a musical style characterized by having a basic structure from which it develops. That is why it is very important that when you start with this style you are clear about things like that it is a twelve bar blues or that it is to play atresillado.
On the other hand, the scales that are used in the origin of the blues are very clear what they are and at this novice level it is essential to begin to know them, but be careful! you have to learn them little by little.
Blues has some basic bar structures that limit the number of bars it has. This means that a first classification of a blues is based on the number of measures used in each of the turns of its chord wheel.
The 12 bar blues
The structure of the 8 bar blues
The 16 bar blues
Blues rhythms any beginner has to know how to play
Once you have understood the different structures that a Blues can have on the guitar, it is time to start practicing them. In the following you will use the previous structures together with the rhythms and chords that every beginner in Blues has to know. Of course, I am updating this list of exercises so that in this way your knowledge is increasing. To make everything easier to play in these rhythms, you are going to use capoless chords and typical Blues structures.
Your first blues beat
Very easy minor blues
Blues with chords for beginners
Easy to play blues
Rhythm in G tone with simple chords
Blues / Rock rhythm to improve your speed
The classic blues wheel in E
Dotted Blues Accompaniment
Easy Rock Bues
Blues with flow
Tip: Don’t despise a rhythm for being too basic. If you make a wheel with simple chords sound good, it means that you have a lot of sensitivity playing and a good swing (which is the fundamental thing in styles like Blues).
Turnarounds for beginners
To sound authentic Blues, you don’t just have to use a specific number of bars with a particular chord structure. There are also a number of musical motifs that are characteristic of this style. Among these musical motifs the best known are the Turnarounds that are used at the end of each Blues wheel to go back to the beginning of the wheel. These turnarounds are not difficult to learn (even the most famous ones), you will see how simply adding them will sound even more authentic.
The most famous Tournaround of the Blues
Another must-have turnaround
Now using the fifth and sixth Kurdish
Turnaround in the style of Rober Johnson
Add a turnaround and your blues will sound much better
Fingerpicking blues for beginners
The fingerpicking technique (also known as fingerstyle) is used a lot in both acoustic and electric Blues and here you will start to learn it from scratch.
First class of fingerpicking
Start to move thumb
The middle finger adds to the party
The Bottleneck or Slide
Don’t you know what I’m talking about? Surely yes. The bottleneck is the metal or glass tube that some guitarists use to play. It is likely that you have been looking at it surprised to see it in a concert or video.
You may not know it by the name of bottleneck and you know it as slide, the two names refer to the same thing. Be careful not to confuse the slide technique with the tube also called slide.
But less talking and more touching, yes I better teach you how to use the bottleneck or slide with this tutorial.
How is the Slide or bottleneck used?
Learn Blues at an intermediate level
Once the different rhythms, turnarounds, etc. of the beginner level sound very good to you, it is time to take advantage of the entire neck of the guitar. To do this, now you are going to use capo chords and in some rhythms you will use the pick, in others the fingers and even both at the same time.
Rhythm is one of the keys to sound authentic and that is why the more you know, the more rich your accompaniments will have.
An eight bar blues to improve your capo chords
Combining chords and bass line
Sounds like a blues pro
A boogie woogie to master the pick
Blues with the rhythm made entirely of sixths
Stevie Ray Vaughan style rhythm
Blues Rock to practice a bass line along the A chord
Blues wheel to stretch the little finger
Add 6th and 9th chords to a Blues
As you have already seen, these tutorials are accompanied by YouTube videos and tablature where the notes are written to make it much easier for you to learn.
Blues walking bass
Walking bass is one of the variants of Blues that guitarists prefer to play who do not have the opportunity to have a bass player at their disposal whenever they want.
A super complete walking bass
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