Blues Guitar Fundamentals
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Blues Guitar Fundamentals

Learn The Guitar Styles Made Famous By The World's Best Blues Players.
4.1 (117 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.
3,366 students enrolled
Created by Michael Palmisano
Last updated 8/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 18 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • 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

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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Who is the target audience?
  • Students Interested In Blues Jams
  • Students Interested in Playing Blues
Compare to Other Blues Guitar Courses
Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
The Blues Approach
5 Lectures 15:55

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

Preview 02:54

The most common blues form is 12 bars long. 

Preview 03:50

8 bars of goodness. 

8 Bar Form

Common blues tempos and feels. 

Blues Tempo And Feel

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

Preview 04:44
Blues Rhythm Guitar
5 Lectures 26:08

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

The Shuffle

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

Walking Bass Lines

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

7th Chord Comping

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

9th and 6th Chord Comping

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

Minor Blues
Blues Lead Guitar
4 Lectures 17:43

Blues - The first foray into non-diatonic harmony.

Approaching Blues Soloing

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

The Blues Scale

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

Country Blues Scale

Classic blues tags that every guitarist must know. 

The Turnaround And Endings
Blues Soloing and Improvising
2 Lectures 14:35

Sound like a pro by selling your changes.

Selling The Changes

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

Crafting Your Lead
The Three Kings
4 Lectures 17:27

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

Albert King

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

B.B. King

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

Freddie King

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

Final Summary
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About the Instructor
Michael Palmisano
4.6 Average rating
2,163 Reviews
35,938 Students
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Award Winning GIT Grad, Guitargate CEO, 15yr Working Pro.

Award Winning GIT Grad, Founder of PRS Sponsored Guitargate, 70k+ students worldwide, and Lead Guitarist in What's Next - Voted 5x "Best Band" in Baltimore.

I have been playing guitar since I was 5, and gigging and teaching professionally for the last 15+ years.  I genuinely love to teach, and the goal of Guitargate is to help people learn the "why" behind the notes, and how to apply this to make music!  

So whether you are an aspiring gigging musician, or you just enjoy playing for yourself, let me help you bridge the gap between rhythm and lead guitar.... and get the stuff in your head out!  Seriously - you can do this!! 

On a side note, it's truly incredible that the internet has allowed us to connect from all over the world....  I believe in online education, and I strive to be as helpful as possible.  If you post a question or a video for feedback - I will respond and try and help any way I can.  

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