Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons
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Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons

Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons - Learn blues guitar finger picking in the old style - acoustic blues guitar.
4.2 (104 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.
7,653 students enrolled
Created by Jim Bruce
Last updated 12/2015
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • In this course you will learn the following important aspects of blues finger picking guitar
  • - the differences between using finger picks and bare fingers
  • - how to finger pick a basic blues in the key of E
  • - how to finger pick a basic blues in the key of A
  • - learn the basic alternating thumb pattern for ragtime finger picking guitar
  • - how to tune the guitar to open G and use a bottleneck
  • - picking in open D and dropped D guitar tuning
  • - the importance of the picking hand thumb action when finger picking guitar
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Requirements
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Student should be familiar with basic guitar chords
  • Basic finger picking experience of any style on acoustic guitar would be helpful, but not necessary
Description

Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons

This course introduces acoustic guitar players to the world of learning blues finger picking guitar and focuses on the important basics that are vital for fast progression to more advanced patterns.

The seven videos presented feature discussions and slow demonstrations of the picking hand finger movements and include on-screen guitar tablature.

Video 1 - Should You Use Picks Or Bare Fingers?
Video 2 - Blues guitar - The Thumb Is KING!
Video 3 - Guitar Blues In E
Video 4 - Guitar Blues In A
Video 5 - Dropped D And open D Guitar Tunings
Video 6 - Open G Tuning And Bottleneck Guitar
Video 7 - On To Ragtime Guitar

The average length of each video is approximately 6 minutes and the course gives a broad insight into learning blues finger picking for acoustic guitar, providing a solid basis for more advanced study in any of the styles presented.

Jim Bruce was voted N°2 Internet Guitar Instructor by Truefire in 2013.

There is no more exciting thing than beginning to finger pick the guitar. Acoustic blues guitar is where it all started really. In the beginning, rhythmic strumming patterns turned into a basic finger picking pattern and gradually became more and more complex as players tried to invent other styles and basically out-do other guitar players!

No matter how complex guitar arrangements become, the basic movements are identical to the ones we first learn. These first steps in playing acoustic blues guitar are crucial - the rest of your playing career depends upon them!

Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is perfect for guitarists between beginner and intermediate leve guitar students who want to start finger picking blues guitar
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Learn Blues Guitar Finger Picking Techniques
10 Lectures 01:12:45

This is where we take a closer look at what you are going to learn during this introductory course in basic blues finger picking - let's see what's in the box!.

See you there, Jim

Learn Finger Picking Blues Guitar - Course Introduction
02:15

One of the first choices a finger picker makes is whether to use finger picks or bare fingers. Both have their pros and cons. In this first video we take a look at the sound and how to play with or without.

Later on in lecture 5 (the blues in A) you'll get a chance to play How Long Blues by Leroy Carr. A practice tab is added. Try it with picks and then with bare fingers and get the feel of each. Bare fingers are more delicate and have a more intimate feel, but the picks can add a lot of power and I always play this song with picks, particularly if I'm playing on the street.


(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!)

See you there, Jim

Picks Or Bare Fingers For Finger Picking Guitar?
08:17

Whatever style of blues finger picking you are attracted to, the thumb of the picking hand is crucial to your success. This is where you lay down the basic thumb control that will reap huge benefits in the future when moving on to more advanced picking patterns.

(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!)

See you there, Jim

For Blues Guitar The Thumb Is King!
07:50

One of the simplest forms of Delta Blues, the blues in E is deceptively easy to start playing, but how to make it sound like the real old blues? This is the question. In this video we look at a few simple tricks to show you how to make a simple chord sound and feel like real blues.

Download the practice tab and MP3 file and have a go at a simple blues I created just for the purpose.

(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
The Blues In E
11:24

An acoustic blues in A can take many forms, depending on the speed and feel introduced by subtle chord variations. A very useful and often used form of A major, which I call 'the long A' lends itself beautifully to the blues. Add D7 and E7 and we're cookin'!

This is where you get to try out your skills with bare fingers or picks. Download the MP3 and tab file, and play How Long Blues with and without.

(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
Blues In A
05:35

Dropped D is very simple to tune and can completely change the style of your blues. It can be picked slowly with a Delta feel, or the thumb can alternate those basses to give it a faster ragtime feel. Modern guitarists such as Mark Knopfler have used it to create stunning folk style songs. Full open D is just a few steps away, and now you are into a very powerful original blues tuning.

(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
Dropped And Open D Guitar Tunings
05:53

Possibly more than any other tuning or style of playing, the bottleneck sound in open G represents the raw Delta blues. Open G is an easy tuning, requiring changes to just three strings. The advantages are many - first of all, if you bar a fret anywhere along the fret board, it makes a chord! Bottleneck was probably the first form of blues played on acoustic guitars, due to the fact that it was the prominent style played on three strings home made guitars in the early days of the blues.

(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
Open G And Bottleneck Guitar
06:05

Some guitarists attempted to copy the bouncy style of ragtime piano by moving the thumb in an a more complex pattern by alternating between two to three bass strings. The result was an exciting sound and it seemed as though two guitars were being played! The alternating bass is now used extensively in many blues, country and folk style songs.

For the practice session, I uploaded an MP3 and pdf tab file for Truckin' Little Baby by Blind Boy Fuller. Take it at a steady pace and have fun with it!

(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
Beginning Ragtime Guitar
09:08

In this video we take a closer look at the right hands of some of the masters. It gives valuable insight into how they made their sounds - I find it fascinating to watch these guys fingers.

There's no film of Blind Boy Fuller, for example, but you can get a good idea of his picking action by watching the right hand of Gary Davis, who taught him.

We don't have film of Robert Johnson, but I'm guessing that the right hand picking technique of Johnny Shines, his one time traveling companion, is very close.

(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
Some Famous Blues Guitarist Right Hand Techniques
14:36

Well, you did it! I hope you use the download material well and build a solid basis for your future blues finger picking.

I added one of my MP3 albums for you to download and explore the various blues guitar styles - enjoy!

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
Course Conclusion
01:42
About the Instructor
Jim Bruce
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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.