Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons

Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons. In this module we look at some blues guitar picking styles from some great old blues men.
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  • Lectures 6
  • Contents Video: 1 hour
    Other: 2 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2014 English

Course Description

Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons

This courses provides tuition in several diverse blues guitar finger picking styles, and also gives the opportunity to learn complete songs - advice is also given about singing at the same time.

Artists covered - Lightnin' Hopkins, John Loudermilk, Gary Davis, Sam Chatmon and Guy Davis.

The acoustic blues guitar masters had an enormous influence on generations of modern guitarists - the acoustic swing blues of Broonzy, for example, became the electric style of Muddy Waters, then Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The starting point fo any guitar picker wanting to play any kind of blues is to study the techniques of the original blues guitar players, to see how they put their music together and to appreciate how their fingers produced so much rhythm and syncopation onj a relatively simple instrument like the acoustic guitar.

This basic course covers several basic guitar finger picking styles, and my approach is to show you just one thing - anyone can play the blues guitar with the right tuition, time and practice - it's all up to you.

Each guitar lesson includes in-video guitar tablature, discussion about technique and slow motion demonstrations of both hands. This course is a great primer for my other blues guitar lessons, which cover all of the major guitar picking styles from most famous blues men of old.

What are the requirements?

  • Acoustic guitar. You should be familiar with common chord structures and progressions.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • The purpose of this course is to expand your blues picking skills and also to broaden your repertoire of techniques.
  • You will learn Windy and Warm by John Loudermilk
  • You will learn a simple Gary davis picking style in the key of C
  • You will Watch Over Me by Guy Davis
  • You will learn Brown Skin Woman by Sam Chatmon
  • You will learn a blues in E in the style of Lightnin' Hopkins

What is the target audience?

  • You are passionate about the blues guitar and eager to explore many styles? You should have been playing for a couple of years or so, any style.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Let's Begin Finger Picking The Blues
10:05

The blues in E is probably the most played, and for this reason is at the same time easy to play, and challenging! It's simple chord structure means that it's quick to learn in it's basic form, but if we simplify it too much, it can be quite boring.

In this video I take a look at the playing of Lightnin' Hopkins, Texas blues master, and how he approached the key of E.

(Please download the PDF file from the resources and you'll find a very special offer for my main course from Texas To The Delta - the Ultimate Acoustic Blues Guitar Course!)

Best, Jim

07:18

Of course, John D wasn't an old black blues man, but his tune Windy and Warm is such a finger picking standard, that I thought it would be fun to include it.

It starts in Am and you should approach it with light a touch, keeping the speed down to a leisurely 'drawl'.

(Please download the PDF file from the resources and you'll find a very special offer for my main course from Texas To The Delta - the Ultimate Acoustic Blues Guitar Course!)

Jim

11:25

Sam Chatmon is one of those so-called 'minor' blues men who had a huge impact on future generations. In his song Brown Skin Woman, we can hear a kind of disco boogie beat on the bass strings which has been copied by hundreds.

It's played in dropped D and he really snaps those strings!

(Please download the PDF file from the resources and you'll find a very special offer for my main course from Texas To The Delta - the Ultimate Acoustic Blues Guitar Course!)

Jim
07:06

Gary Davis was the undisputed master of all styles of acoustic guitar picking. The truly remarkable thing was that he only used one finger and a thumb to produce those great sounds.

His thumb was almost magical in it's movements, and this video examines one aspect of his technique in the key of C.

(Please download the PDF file from the resources and you'll find a very special offer for my main course from Texas To The Delta - the Ultimate Acoustic Blues Guitar Course!)

Jim
11:37

Often modern blues songs don't have the authenticity of the old songs, but with 'Watch Over Me' Guy Davis nails it!

Davis takes a basic structure in E and very tastefully weaves some interesting riffs around this very real sounding blues song - try it with loads of feeling!

(Please download the PDF file from the resources and you'll find a very special offer for my main course from Texas To The Delta - the Ultimate Acoustic Blues Guitar Course!)

Jim
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Instructor Biography

Jim Bruce, Blues Guitar Lessons

Acoustic blues guitarist Jim Bruce was voted Number 2 top guitar instructor on Truefire in 2013 (Number 1 for acoustic blues). Jim still plays blues guitar on the street in Europe and also gives concerts - plus teaching old style finger picking wherever he goes!

Now online students can benefit from over 40 years of real experience playing blues guitar in the authentic way. If you want to play real blues guitar just like the old blues men, then is where you come to find out how. Keep it real with Jim Bruce and play blues guitar like it was originally played.

A word from Jim - " My playing career goes way back, to the folk clubs on the UK in the sixties, clubs pubs and bars in six countries, and on the city streets of Europe. This is how I learned my trade.

One day someone asked me to slow down a lick to show them exactly what I was doing with my hands. As I tried to do this, I found that I was doing much, much more than I realized. It was these tiny hand movements that make acoustic blues so exciting when it's performed properly. This is the main focus of my lessons - to show students exactly how to play the blues in great detail. "

Peace, Jim Bruce

Jim's guitar lessons follow a well proven and award-winning formula guaranteed to have you playing the blues in the shortest time possible.

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