Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners: Chords, Rhythm and Lead
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Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners: Chords, Rhythm and Lead

Easy blues guitar lessons for beginners: bar chords w/diagrams, rock 'n' roll & blues shuffle rhythm & lead guitar w/tab
3.8 (20 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,560 students enrolled
Created by Brian Jackson
Last updated 10/2016
Current price: $15 Original price: $40 Discount: 62% off
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play the E, A and B power chords
  • Play the E, A and B7 open chords
  • Play the G, C and D bar chords
  • Play the rock 'n' roll rhythm
  • Play the blue shuffle rhythm
  • Play several blues introductions
  • Play several blues turnarounds
  • Play the minor pentatonic scale
  • Play several lead licks
  • Play all of it together
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  • Students will eventually need a guitar though this course begins with instructions for obtaining one free or cheap

Have you ever wanted to take private lessons from the world's greatest professional guitarist?

Yeah, me too...

How about settling for me instead?

Consider this...

I've played guitar on and off over the last several decades and consider myself to still be an advanced beginner.

Which probably makes me a better guitarist than you.

Another thing to consider...

I seem to be a good teacher.

I've taught several friends how to play blues rhythm and lead guitar.

Now I'm asking you to join the group.

  • Not because I'm a great guitarist (I'm far from it).
  • Not because I've developed some revolutionary new teaching method (though I may have).
  • Not because I'm out to make a million dollars (though, wouldn't that be great?).

I'm asking you to join me because it will be fun... for both of us.

This course is unique in that I'm not a very good guitar player.  So, taking this course is more like sharing guitar tips with a buddy.  It's less intimidating than spending lots of money learning from a professional.

Come on!  Let's play blues guitar together.

There are few things more rewarding on this planet than making music with someone!

We'll begin with learning how to play open E and open A power chords - the core of the blues and rock 'n' roll - using 1 finger per chord.

Then we'll learn to add a B chord using a second finger --- from there we're off to the races...

Power chords, open chords, bar chords.  Rock 'n' roll rhythm and the blues shuffle rhythm.  It's all here in guitar chord diagrams and tablature.

The course includes information on how to play lead guitar and comes to a climax with a solo blues intro, shuffle, turn around, singing with lead conclusion.

By the end of the course you'll know everything you need to play beginner blues rhythm and lead guitar.

Or your money back.  No, seriously.

Udemy offers a 30 day no questions asked money back guarantee on any course purchased.  So, there goes your risk!

So, have you ever wanted to learn how to play blues guitar?

Why not join me for a 1-on-1 buddy session while we learn together?

I'll see you in the classroom,


Who is the target audience?
  • People who want to play guitar but have never touched one before
  • People looking for ways to get a free or low cost guitar
  • People who want to learn to play blues rhythm guitar
  • People who want to learn to play blues lead guitar
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
3 Lectures 18:24

Familiarization with guitar neck diagrams is soon followed with how to tune your guitar, how to hold your guitar, and how to hold a guitar pick.

Preview 17:44

This lecture anchors the downloadable resource file for this course which contains key PowerPoint slides from the course.

Course Resources

While preparing this course, I searched for cheap guitars online and found the Keith Urban "Player" guitar at HSN for $129.  So, I bought one.  This article provides a review of the guitar which I have since received.

Keith Urban Guitar Deal Review
Let There Be Rock!
3 Lectures 46:41

Learn to rock with only 1 finger by playing the E and A power chords.

Guitar Power Chords

Learn to rock 'n' roll or play the blues with only 2 fingers by playing the E and A power chords.

Alternating Rhythym Patterns & Two Essential Rhythms

Learn to play any chord you want in any key.

Bar Chords (The Missing B Chord)
Playing Blues Rhythm Guitar
3 Lectures 37:38

Learn to play the standard 12 bar blues pattern and it's many variations on guitar.

12 Bar Blues and It's Variations

Learn to play your first blues introduction.

Blues Introduction in Chord Diagrams

Learn to play your first blues turn around.

Blues Turnarounds in Tablature
Playing Lead Guitar
3 Lectures 43:00

This lecture introduces a scale pattern that is popularly played against blues rhythms.

Minor Pentatonic Scale and Keys

Learn the pentatonic scale and how to play screaming blues leads.

Blues Guitar Lead Licks in Tablature

In this jam session I play you everything you learned in the hopes you'll play along (especially in the silences).

Jamming with Yourself
Bonus Section
3 Lectures 26:22

How to substitute jazz 9th chords for the IV and V chord in the blues progression.

Substitute Jazz 9th Chords and More Open Chord Diagrams

Play along with me playing the blues and swapping leads.

Play Along Jam Session I: Rhythm Guitar

Play lead over these rock 'n' roll and blues rhythm tracks.

Play Along Jam Session II: Lead Guitar
1 Lecture 05:54

View this lecture for an overview of my upcoming guitar courses.

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About the Instructor
Brian Jackson
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Author/Publisher 32 Courses, 2900+ Reviews, 57,600+ Students

Born in Los Angeles, California, in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I’ve published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I’ve also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

My latest endeavor, begun in July of 2014, is to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal is to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. As time permits, I plan to expand my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my lovely wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.