Blues Guitar Lessons

Welcome to the section dedicated to blues guitar lessons. The Blues genre is a musical form originated in America, specifically the deep south, around the late 1800’s early 1900’s. Ingrained in the landscape of all American music, it is an essential foundation to understanding basic popular music forms. These lessons focus on the attributes that make up the blues and various blues styles.

Joe Bonamassa Dominant 9 Chords - Lick Of The Week

Joe Bonamassa Dominant 9 Chords - Lick Of The Week

Lick of the week - Joe Bonamassa style dom 7 or 9 chords involve an inversion playing just the 5th and 3rd intervals of the chord, creating a heavier sound.
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Power Chords

Power Chords

This lesson covers power chords in the open position and 12 bar blues chord pattern. Power chords are easy two finger chords prominent in rock and pop music.
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12 Bar Blues Revisited

12 Bar Blues Revisited

This lesson will cover the 12 bar blues in further detail with an added finger technique and simple turnaround. A turnaround is a passage at the end of a section which leads to the next section.
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12 Bar Blues Riff

12 Bar Blues Riff

This lesson will teach you how to apply riffs to the 12 Bar Blues pattern. You will also be working on right hand picking technique.
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12 Bar Blues Exercise

12 Bar Blues Exercise

In this lesson we will extend on the 12 bar blues riff we already know and work on a different picking technique with our right hand.
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Applying Dominant 7 Chords

Applying Dominant 7 Chords

In this lesson you will learn how to apply dominant 7 chords to the 12 bar blues pattern. We will also cover a way to end the 12 bar blues with a single note riff.
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The Pinky Matters

The Pinky Matters

In this lesson you will learn ways to embellish the 12 bar blues and powers chords using your pinky finger. Several examples are demonstrated
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Moving the Dom 7 Chord

Moving the Dom 7 Chord

In this lesson we will cover several ways to play Dominant 7 chords as barre chords and movable chords
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The Blues Scale

The Blues Scale

In this lesson we will learn and study the Blues scale.
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Blues Scale Licks

Blues Scale Licks

In this lesson we will study ways to apply the Blues scale in your lead playing.
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Blues Style Chord Riff

Blues Style Chord Riff

In this lesson we will stylize our chord with a blues favored riff.
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Stylizing your blues shuffle

Stylizing your blues shuffle

In this lesson we will learn some ways to stylize your blues shuffle.
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Quick Change 12 Bar Blues

Quick Change 12 Bar Blues

In this lesson we will learn the Quick Change 12 Bar Blues Progression. In this progression we switch to the IV chord after the first bar.
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B.B. King Style Mixolydian

B.B. King Style Mixolydian

In this lesson we will study Mixolydian blues licks in the style of B.B. King.
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Chuck Berry Style Blues

Chuck Berry Style Blues

In this lesson we will study blues improv in the style of Chuck Berry combining Mixolydian and Blues scale
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Stevie Ray Vaughan style Blues

Stevie Ray Vaughan style Blues

In this lesson we will study some blues licks in the style of Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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Dickey Betts Style Blues

Dickey Betts Style Blues

In this lesson we study some blues lick in the style of Dickey Betts from the Allman Brothers Band.
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Blues Changes

Blues Changes

In this lesson we will study the basic 3 chord 12 bar blues changes using the I, IV, and V chords of a key.
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Embellishing the Blues Changes

Embellishing the Blues Changes

In this lesson we will study a couple of common ways to embellish the 12 bar blues changes.
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Use of Augmented and Diminished Chords in Blues

Use of Augmented and Diminished Chords in Blues

In this lesson we study some ways to use Augmented and Diminished chords in Blues progressions.
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Chicken Pickin SRV style

Chicken Pickin SRV style

In this lesson we will study chicken pickin licks in the style of Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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Blues Improvisation

Blues Improvisation

This lesson is a basic introduction to improvising over a 12 bar blues pattern. Use of pentatonic major and minor are discussed.
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Blues Improvisation 2

Blues Improvisation 2

in this we will continue with concepts on soloing over blues changes.
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Dom 7 Arpeggios For Blues

Dom 7 Arpeggios For Blues

In this lesson we will go over 2 useful Dominant 7 arpeggios that you can incorporate into your blues improvisation. Applying arpeggios and targeting notes of the chords in the progression will make your sound more melodic and sophisticated.
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Dom 7 Arpeggios for Ragtime

Dom 7 Arpeggios for Ragtime

In this lesson we will apply 2 Dominant 7 arpeggios to Ragtime chord changes.
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Blues Turnarounds

Blues Turnarounds

In this lesson we will study 4 examples of blues turnarounds you can use for your blues.
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Alternative Dominant 9 Blues Chord

Alternative Dominant 9 Blues Chord

In this lesson we will take a look at a different voicing for a dominant 9 chord that you can use to jazz up your blues.
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Blues Intros

Blues Intros

In this lesson we will examine some common blues intros using a new voicing for a dominant 7 chord. You can use these intros to spice up your 12 bar blues. On many classic blues recording there is a tasty intro that kicks the song off.  They can be based on the root chord of the song or even start on the V chord.  Sometimes blues intros take the place of the first 4 bars of the 12 bar form as you will see in our first example. There are many options and ways to showcase your own personal style in a blues intro.
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Walking Bass with Upstrokes

Walking Bass with Upstrokes

This is a technique commonly used in Texas style blues ala Stevie Ray Vaughan. It is in the key of E and involves playing a walking bass line while adding rhythm with an upstroke of the upper notes of an E chord.
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Solo Acoustic Blues

Solo Acoustic Blues

In this lesson we will study a 12 bar blues acoustic arrangement that applies rhythm and lead techniques.  This piece is in the style of Delta blues solo acoustic.  The great originators of Delta blues used a call and answer technique to establish both rhythm and lead parts with just one musician.
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Blues Shuffle Revisited

Blues Shuffle Revisited

Apply the blues shuffle technique to full chords to give your blues new life. Previously, we have studied the shuffle from a power chord position. Now we can extend that idea into full open chords and barre chords filling out your sound. Lesson applies to both acoustic and electric players
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West Coast Blues

West Coast Blues

West Coast Blues is a style of the blues combining swing and jazz elements with Texas blues.  In this lesson we will be studying some common west coast blues style chord progressions.
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Phrasing

Phrasing

In this lesson we discuss the concept of phrasing as applied to soloing over chord changes. We will study some possibilities and things to focus on to develop this skill.
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Dust My Broom by Elmore James

Dust My Broom by Elmore James

Great blues slide guitar tune.  Elmore James noted as the King of the Slide Guitar is a great player to study if you are looking to learn how to play slide. Song is played in open D tuning.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Double Stop Bends in Style of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Double Stop Bends in Style of Stevie Ray Vaughan

In this lesson we will study some unique bends in the style of SRV. This technique can be great for adding to your vocab of licks
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Joe Bonamassa Style Descending Pentatonic Licks

Joe Bonamassa Style Descending Pentatonic Licks

In this lesson we will study a descending pentatonic run in the style of Blues master Joe Bonamassa.
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Joe Bonamassa Style Lick

Joe Bonamassa Style Lick

In this lesson we will study a specific lick in the style of Joe Bonamassa using the 3rd position of pentatonic minor.
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Joe Bonamassa Style Lick 2

Joe Bonamassa Style Lick 2

In this lesson we will study a specific lick in the style of Joe Bonamassa using his signature descending lick plus some
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