How To Play Blues On Guitar – Blues Guitar Lesson #1


Hi! I’m Nate Savage and welcome to the Blues
Guitar Quick-Start Series. The Blues is an incredibly important style of music to learn
really well, especially if you’re a guitarist. It is important on its own and it’s an important
part of other styles of music like country, jazz, rock, metal, all of these different
kinds of music. Think about it, many of the most famous guitar
gods of all time were heavily influenced by the blues. Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Stevie
Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, you get the idea. The blues is kind of a hybrid between a major
tonality and a minor tonality. So, it’s really a tone little world and one of the
best things about the blues is you can learn just a couple of little things and jump in
and start expressing yourself. If you learn the blues really well, you’re
going to have a really awesome tool and a color to use in your playing and you can pull
it up in the other styles of music that you play whenever it’s appropriate.
There are some things that would be really good if you knew before you started this series.
And we’re going to be going through everything step by step detail, but it would be really
good if you knew your basic bar chords, your basic power cords, your shuffle rhythm, note
subdivisions and hammer-ons and pull-offs. If you need to get up to speed on any of those
things that I mentioned you can check out some of my other lessons. It doesn’t matter
if you’re playing acoustic or electric for this series. Everything that we’re going to
cover in this series is going to be equally important for both.
The goal of this series is going to be to get you familiar with the most important things
you’re going to need for both blues rhythm guitar and blues lead guitar. We’re going
to start off by going through the 12-bar blues progression, getting you familiar with that
and then we’re going to learn some dominant seventh chords and how to apply those dominant
seventh chords to the standard 12-bar blues progression. From there, we’re going to dress
things up a little bit, you’re going to learn a couple of riffs, rhythm blues riffs to apply
to your 12-bar blues progression too. With the things you’re going to learn in this
series a possibility is for your rhythm blues guitar are really going to be limited by the
amount of effort you put in and your own creativity. Once we get the basics for blues rhythm guitar
that we’re going to switch and focus on blues lead guitar. We’re going to start about learning
the blues scale, and if you know your minor pentatonic scales can be pretty easy for you.
All you have to do is add one extra note. Once you get familiar with the blues scale,
I’m going to teach you how to start choosing your notes a little bit better instead of
just randomly playing to the blues scale shape. After that, I’m going to teach you what turnaround
licks are and how you can incorporate them into your playing. And finally, we’re going
to start learning how to interject blues lead licks into your 12-bar blues riffs that you learned. And of course, just like all the other series I do, we’re going to have jam tracks for you along the way because it’s really important to apply everything we are working on to real music.
This is a lot of information and it’s really up to you to decide how far you want to take
it. The blues to me is probably the style of music that crosses the most musical boundaries.
So it’s really important for you to get down really well. And the better you get at
the blues, it’s going to be awesome because not only is your blues playing going to get
better, but all your other playing is going to get better too regardless of the style.
In the next lesson we’re going to get things started by learning the standard 12-bar blues
progression. If you have any questions, you can leave here in the comments, I’ll get back to you. Also, you can e-mail me [email protected] See you!