Lesson 13: The Blues
In this module, we are going to get a taste of the blues! I'm working on another beginner blues module for Grade 3 and I have a ton of blues courses already (mostly aimed at Intermediate players), so if you dig on this - there's plenty to move forward with later!
One thing I should mention - I went acoustic guitar to teach this lesson mainly because the last lesson was so electric - but the Blues works great on both acoustic and electric - in fact, other than very early blues on a resonator acoustic - it is more associated with electric guitar. For lead guitar it's usually easier on electric - but you can (and should!) do it on both!
We're going to learn:
- How to play 7th chords (very useful in many styles)
- How to play a Shuffle Rhythm
- The three most important 12 Bar Blues Progressions
- How to play Justin's Beginner Solo
- How to play a Blues Shuffle Riff
- How to improvise a solo over a 12 Bar Blues
Let's get into it!
Shuffle Grooves & Strumming
The shuffle is where the groove lives - you gotta get hip with this concept and put it into practice!
12 Bar Blues Progressions
Using those bluesy 7th chords we’ve just learned, we’re not going to be looking into three different blues chord progressions.
Beginner Blues Solo
Using a minor pentatonic scale, we’re going to get into blues soloing. This is a great one to practice with a jam buddy!
he blues are all about improvisation! Here are some guidelines and tips to get you started on the proper foot.
12 Bar Shuffle Riff
This shuffle riff is part of your blues foundation. You’ll almost certainly recognize it immediately! It’s perfect for soloing over, too, if you’ve got a jam buddy.
Blues Songs For Beginners
There are thousands of songs you can play once you nail the Blues - here are some suggestions for listening!
Lesson 13 Practice
Time to put all this new stuff into practice - and get listing to a ton of Blues!