Blues Guitar Fundamentals

Learn The Guitar Styles Made Famous By The World's Best Blues Players.
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  • Lectures 21
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2016 English

Course Description

The blues is awesome, and it's a LOT of fun to play on guitar. This course will show you everything you need to know to start playing the blues on electric guitar and taking solos in your local blues jams!

Instructed by Michael Palmisano - GIT Grad and Guitargate Founder with 15+ years experience with over 70k students.  All filmed in FULL HD with multiple camera angles and professional audio so you can see and hear everything!  

If you want to play blues, this course outlines the common types, forms, and approaches made famous by the best blues players in history. 

Also - all lessons include downloadable PDF lesson resources. 

Topics Covered:

12-bar And 8-bar Forms

Blues Tempo and Feel

Essential Blues Rhythm Guitar Parts

Chord Comping

Soloing With The Blues Scale and Country Blues Scale

How To Craft Your Blues Solos

Playing Analysis Of The "The Three Kings" Of Electric Blues Guitar - B.B, Albert, And Freddie King. 


Electric Blues Guitar Tone Breakdown

Live Playing Applications

And What's More?

I HIGHLY encourage ALL of my students to POST YouTube videos completing the lessons, and I watch ALL of them and give you PERSONAL FEEDBACK on your playing progress. You will not find this with any other teacher on Udemy (or really anywhere on the internet) and it doesn't cost any extra!

About Me:  I am a GIT graduate from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, the Founder of Guitargate - and have taught over 50k students online and in person for over 15 years. I spend a great deal of time and money producing my guitar courses, and I personally guarantee you won't find a teacher who cares more about their students and takes the time to respond to EVERY video or question.  If you ever need anything, I will be there for you, and if you put in the time, you can do this and have a LOT of fun. 

Please check out my reviews from this and my other courses!

Lastly - with Udemy you get a 5 min free preview and a 30-day no-questions-asked guarantee. So check it out and I'll see you inside to play some blues :)

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What are the requirements?

  • Able To Play Basic Major, Minor, and 7th Chords
  • Able To Play The Minor Pentatonic Scale
  • Able To Play The Major Pentatonic Scale
  • Have Electric Guitar And Amplifier

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Play In A Local Blues Jam With Confidence
  • Play The 12 or 8 Bar Blues
  • Play The Blues Shuffle
  • Comp Chords For Blues Rhythm Guitar
  • Solo In The B.B. King Blues Box
  • Solo In The Albert King Blues Box
  • Craft A Blues Solo
  • Improvise With Major And Minor Blues Sounds
  • Dial In A Classic Blues Tone

Who is the target audience?

  • Students Interested In Blues Jams
  • Students Interested in Playing Blues

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: The Blues Approach

A brief introduction to playing blues guitar, thoughts on learning to play blues, and what to expect from this course.


The most common blues form is 12 bars long. 


8 bars of goodness. 


Common blues tempos and feels. 


Introduction to blues electric guitar tone, and common approaches to live playing including headroom and volume knob usage. 

Section 2: Blues Rhythm Guitar

The shuffle is the bedrock of blues rhythm guitar.  Learn how to feel the triplet. 


Walking bass lines are a crucial part of the blues sound.


Learn the 5 patterns of the V7 chord, and how to use diminished triads to create interesting chord comps. 


9th and 6th chords are a great way to add interesting parts to a blues progression. 


Blues can be minor! And it's awesome..

Section 3: Blues Lead Guitar

Blues - The first foray into non-diatonic harmony.


The blues scale, or minor blues scale, is a 6 note scale used to play over the entire blues progression.


The country blues scale is the relative major of the minor blues scale. It's a brighter sound - you know - more country!


Classic blues tags that every guitarist must know. 

Section 4: Blues Soloing and Improvising

Sound like a pro by selling your changes.


Learn the different ways to craft a compelling and interesting blues lead.

Section 5: The Three Kings

Bend it to the wall and back with Albert King's Blues box.


Learn the B.B. King Blues Box for major sounding blues leads. 


Dude. It's Freddy King. Mix major, minor, and get some double stops in your playing.


The end! Thanks so much for taking this blues journey with me and I hope to see you soon.  Practice hard :)

Section 6: BONUS

Download the PDF for links to everything happening with Michael and Guitargate!

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Instructor Biography

Michael Palmisano, Award Winning GIT Grad, Guitargate CEO, 15yr Working Pro.

Proud husband and father. Professional musician and guitar instructor for over 15 years. GIT graduate. Founder of Guitargate. Lead guitarist in What's Next, Baltimore's best party band.

I have been playing guitar my whole life. What started as a passion at a very young age eventually lead to a very fulfilling career in music, and I am truly grateful to be able to make a living sharing my passion for playing!

Short background - I started with private lessons when I was in kindergarten, played in bands throughout middle and high school, and eventually went to Hollywood, CA to formally study at The Musicians Institute (GIT). After GIT, I played professionally in California, and eventually moved back to the east coast where I began teaching private students, coaching rock bands, and playing in local working bands.

Over time, from the perspective of a student, working professional, and a teacher, I developed my own guitar curriculum. I had such great success with my students that I decided to expand my teaching to online. 2 years ago I launched a free interactive guitar school called Guitargate - think "facebook for guitar lessons" - and It's been fantastic. Now, I am very excited to be teaching on Udemy! I hope you enjoy learning the guitar as much as I enjoy teaching it!

Please check out all of my guitar courses on Udemy:

The Total Beginner Guitar Course

The Professional Guitar Masterclass

Blues Guitar Fundamentals

Country Guitar Fundamentals

The Allman Brothers Guitar Roots And Techniques (With Scott Sharrard)

Thanks and let me know if I can help you in any way!


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