This first lesson on improvisation introduces the form of the twelve bar blues, the minor pentatonic scale and the blues scale. There are exercises and even some MIDI backing tracks that you can practice along with!
Blues Guitar Lessons
Blues music relies on the guitar more than any other instrument. As a guitarist you’re always going to be called upon to play something that sounds bluesey and these lessons show you how.
Here’s a terrific introduction to the wonders of acoustic blues, using the Muddy Waters’ classic You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had. First time GN contributor Jim Arkuszewski will get you playing the blues in no time.
Alan Green’s latest piece walks you through a traditional blues turnaround, all done in a great fingerstyle. Alan has also been kind enough to furnish some MP3s to aid you with this lesson.
Jazz and blues have always been intertwined. In part two of this three-part series, Hans explores the relationships between the major and minor blues scales. Definitely a lot of fun!
Here is a great introduction to the Mixolydian scale – how to find it, how to use it. It’s great for blues, rock and a host of other things and, as always, Darrin makes learning it a joy and not a chore.
Jazz and blues have always been intertwined. Now you can see how simple blues lines can add to your jazz improvisational skills, as well as other styles. Hans is back with the first of a three-part series that will sharpen your playing considerably.
Let’s practice the blues with this simple Study in Blue. We’ll use only three chords for this simple twelve-bar blues song in the key of E major.
The blues offers a great opportunity to practice playing triads and further our understanding of chords. This is a hands on music theory for guitar lesson.