Fingerstyle Blues

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Fingerstyle Blues

Post by vink » June 9th, 2008, 9:51 am

I've been playing my acoustic more lately, and I am starting to get interested in Acoustic Fingerstyle Blues. I listened to some Clapton -- the unplugged album as well as "Me and Mr.Johnson" -- and that stuff is really cool.

I need to start with some basic stuff first. So, any good resources for some basic acoustic finger style blues?

Thanks!
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Re: Fingerstyle Blues

Post by Elecktrablue » June 9th, 2008, 10:21 am

I highly recommend Olav Torvund's site.....

http://www.torvund.net/guitar/index.php ... luesguitar
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Re: Fingerstyle Blues

Post by dhodge » June 9th, 2008, 11:05 am

Our own Alan Green has a lesson that's perfect for beginners:

http://www.guitarnoise.com/article.php?id=345

Hope this helps.

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Re: Fingerstyle Blues

Post by Nuno » June 9th, 2008, 11:47 am

Vink, I've read very good reviews on the book Beginning Fingerstyle Blues Guitar. It is in my wish list.

For Clapton's Unplugged. I ordered last month the book by Wolf Marshall in the Signature Licks series but I didn't receive it. It seems Amazon had some troubles with me this time... I'll update a post in the books section with a review when I received it (ca. July 7th).

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Re: Fingerstyle Blues

Post by abcxyz » June 9th, 2008, 12:53 pm

Learn Open E blues scale. Similarly the open A blues scale.

Start with E7 or A7 and keep creating a new pattern using fingerpicking. Soon you shall be playing the fingerstyle blues.

Littlebrother's videos on this style were fantastic.

Good Luck !

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Re: Fingerstyle Blues

Post by vink » June 9th, 2008, 8:19 pm

Thanks for the pointers! I think I will start with the Olav Torlund and Alan Green lessons.
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Re: Fingerstyle Blues

Post by slejhamer » June 10th, 2008, 8:47 am

vink wrote:Thanks for the pointers! I think I will start with the Olav Torlund and Alan Green lessons.
Those are very good places to start, and then go to Little Brother for more; I highly recommend buying his Blues in A Study as a great advanced-beginner lesson.

http://www.littlebrotherblues.com/Lesso ... ssons.html

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Re: Fingerstyle Blues

Post by GM » June 10th, 2008, 9:29 am

Nuno wrote:Vink, I've read very good reviews on the book Beginning Fingerstyle Blues Guitar. It is in my wish list.
I absolutely love this book and recommend it completely. It's probably the most helpful book I've used (which could have to do with my ability level when I got it but is true)

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Re: Fingerstyle Blues

Post by vink » June 10th, 2008, 12:17 pm

Slej,

Thanks for the recommendation on the LittleBrother lesson. I looked at his website, but could not figure out which lesson would be appropriate. I am working on the simplest lesson from Olav (E E Rider), will work my way through that and then figure out where to move next. I might go for the video lessons rather than the book, since watching someone play something has been very helpful to me, I think I have a better visual perception or something like that.

Although I can finger pick chords fairly well "travis style", I am finding this stuff quite a bit more challenging..
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Re: Fingerstyle Blues

Post by slejhamer » June 10th, 2008, 12:50 pm

vink wrote:Slej,
Thanks for the recommendation on the LittleBrother lesson. I looked at his website, but could not figure out which lesson would be appropriate.
Ah, yeah, it was easier to navigate on his old site, and there was more beginner stuff that apparently got lost. Much of the newer stuff is more advanced.

Check out this one, the basic boom-chucka rhythm:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCNpoBNc ... re=related

And give this one a look, where he does some of Mississippi John Hurt's Lazy Blues:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnQv92SvpjM

If you're going to buy one, the "Blues in A Study" is a truly great value.
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Re: Fingerstyle Blues

Post by vink » June 10th, 2008, 3:42 pm

Thanks, I checked out those two videos. The boom-chuck kind of stuff I can do already, but the Lazy Blues seem like a good one to learn.

Rmorash,

Thanks for the pointers, I will check those out as well when I get a chance.
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Re: Fingerstyle Blues

Post by Bailey » June 10th, 2008, 10:02 pm

Hey
There are many online lesson available. Why don't you go for online courses? They are good My friend is also learning guitar online.
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Re: Fingerstyle Blues

Post by quarterfront » June 11th, 2008, 1:38 pm

Check out http://www.johnfahey.com

This one's pretty simple. "On Doing an Evil Deed Blues". You can download the song via iTunes Music Store, it's from the album "The Legend of Blind Joe Death".

http://www.johnfahey.com/TabEvilDeedBlues.htm

I've had good luck learning a few Fahey songs. For one thing there are free, fairly decent tabs on the johnfahey.com site (click the "For Guitar Players" tab from the homepage). And a number of his songs are really simple, but sound great and are great to play. I've learned "Poor Boy Long Way From Home" and "Uncloudy Day" in addition to the one above.

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Re: Fingerstyle Blues

Post by Jersey Jack » June 13th, 2008, 3:14 am

I find Fred Sokolow's DVDs very useful. You can get a taste of his teaching style here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QgJQLSXzsI

He is fairly straightforward and the stuff he teaches really sounds good!

Good luck!

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