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12-Bar Blues: What is it?
In our lessons we talk about 12-bar blues progressions a lot. For you beginners who don't know what this means, here's the simple explanation. By the way, this lesson also shows you how you can look cool playing guitar with only 4 chords!
Blues · Beginner · 984313 Hits · 4.40/5 (1733 ratings) · Last modified: 3/14/2001
Acoustic Delta Blues Moves
Take a look into the bags of tricks of such classic Delta Blues Masters as Charlie Patton and Son House. This lesson illustrates a few simple moves used quite often by these fellows.
Blues · Intermediate · 280121 Hits · 4.62/5 (327 ratings) · Last modified: 1/19/2001
Ain't Nobody's Business
This is a basic alternating bass pattern from an old traditional song made famous by Mississippi John Hurt. Sorry, but this ain't the Billie Holiday version, which couldn't be much more different.
Acoustic/Folk · Beginner · 51391 Hits · 4.07/5 (70 ratings) · Last modified: 7/15/1999
Alternating Bass and Country Blues I
This lesson contains some tips for beginners on how to learn songs that use an alternating bass for country blues/ragtime style guitar.
Acoustic/Folk · Beginner · 60120 Hits · 4.51/5 (65 ratings) · Last modified: 4/3/2000
Alternating Bass and Country Blues II
Here are some tips on techniques for spicing up your country blues tunes.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 28923 Hits · 4.59/5 (49 ratings) · Last modified: 4/3/2000
Baby Please Don't Go
The solo acoustic Jim Burger version of the Lightnin Hopkins Version of the Big Joe Williams song "Baby Please Don't Go." Some of you younger kids out there might think this is a Ted Nugent song.
Blues · Intermediate · 54028 Hits · 4.03/5 (115 ratings) · Last modified: 6/9/1999
Basic Blues Shuffle
OK, here's the absolutely simplest way to start playing the blues
Blues · Beginner · 433975 Hits · 4.40/5 (672 ratings) · Last modified: 11/6/1999
Basic stop-time blues
Here are some fairly simple "stop-time" patterns for blues beginners. Use them to play "Mannish Boy," "Hoochie Coochie Man," or any number of similar songs.
Blues · Beginner · 198179 Hits · 4.42/5 (212 ratings) · Last modified: 9/1/2000
blues endings in E
Keep playing that blues shuffle into a loop? Here's a couple of ideas on how to close out a blues tune utilizing the blues scale and the tasteful E7(9) chord.
Blues · Intermediate · 88802 Hits · 4.31/5 (71 ratings) · Last modified: 10/25/1999
Blues from John Lee Hooker
Here are a couple of interesting licks culled from the earlier works of bluesman John Lee Hooker. I'll try to add to this, as the man has been quite prolific and there's a lot to choose from.
Blues · Intermediate · 112495 Hits · 4.34/5 (119 ratings) · Last modified: 1/15/2000
Blues licks from Buddy
Here's a couple of fun blues licks I picked up from Buddy Guy a while ago.
Blues · Intermediate · 37987 Hits · 4.44/5 (70 ratings) · Last modified: 4/29/2000
Clapton-style Acoustic Blues
This lesson covers some Clapton blues moves, a Clapton-style blues shuffle and solo (the solo is advanced level). Clapton has played a wide variety of styles, this lesson makes no attempt to cover his rock/pop eras.
Blues · Intermediate · 584289 Hits · 4.50/5 (688 ratings) · Last modified: 1/15/2000
Easy Blues Turnarounds
Here are some simple blues turnarounds in the key of E.
Blues · Beginner · 130988 Hits · 4.49/5 (77 ratings) · Last modified: 1/12/2000
Hideaway Variations
Folks used to say you couldn't walk into a bar in Austin carryin' a guitar unless you knew how to play "Hideaway". Here are some variations to get you started on Freddie King's signature piece...
Blues · Intermediate · 38647 Hits · 4.62/5 (69 ratings) · Last modified: 1/19/2001
More Stormy Monday Stuff
In response to Jared Wren, here are some Stormy Monday things that I do. They're both pretty easy to play, being all chords. I play it in the key of G.
Blues · Intermediate · 23912 Hits · 3.86/5 (7 ratings) · Last modified: 6/13/1999
Ragtime fingerpicking #1
Here's a fairly simple ragtime pattern with alternating bass. You hear similar stuff quite often in old hokum classics such as Blind Blake's "Ditty Wah Ditty" or Blind Boy Fuller's "You've Got Something There."
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 62194 Hits · 4.16/5 (107 ratings) · Last modified: 11/16/1999
Ragtime Fingerpicking #2
A fine specimen of Piedmont-style fingerpicking ragtime blues, this is a somewhat simplified version of Blind Blake's classic "That'll Never Happen No More"
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 34099 Hits · 3.65/5 (31 ratings) · Last modified: 2/22/2000
Robert Johnson's Thumb Bass Style
This lesson examines Robert Johnson's use of the open-string "dead thumb" bass. By picking up this technique, you'll be able to learn almost half the songs he ever recorded! We also cover how to play his most common intros and turnarounds.
Blues · Intermediate · 82401 Hits · 4.63/5 (92 ratings) · Last modified: 7/11/2000
stagger lee
Here's a simplified rendition of the mississippi john hurt version of an old traditional fingerpicker.
Acoustic/Folk · Intermediate · 34172 Hits · 4.63/5 (41 ratings) · Last modified: 9/30/1999
The Lightnin' Hopkins Style
This lesson features some licks and techniques used by Lightnin' Hopkins, one of my favorite blues guitarists. Lightnin' was great at making fairly simple stuff sound awesome. I will add to the lesson periodically.
Blues · Intermediate · 236414 Hits · 4.67/5 (264 ratings) · Last modified: 12/15/1999