What Is The Way To Start Learning The Blues? - Youtube Guitar Lessons
Actually, this is the most common question I'm asked. How do we start to learn how to play acoustic blues guitar, Probably the first guitar style to appear out of the delta was bottleneck guitar, exemplified by Muddy waters, Robert Johnson and Son House before them - apart from countless other amateur guitarists who played for fun, or a meal at parties.
Youtube Blues Guitar Lessons
Doc Watson Guitar Lesson On Youtube - Deep River Blues. Doc Watson wasn't a blues player and mostly flat-picked his guitar with a plectrum. However his 'Travis' finger picking technique was very special and the best Youtube guitar teachers will tell you it's very difficult to copy - let's take a look in the video below.
However, I don't recommend beginning with bottleneck, even though it's a simple enough form. Youtube has many basic lessons for playing slide and bottleneck. A basic blues in the key of E has many advantages. For one thing, three basic chords, E, A and B7 gives a splendid basis for learning the blues style. Don't use fancy inversions, but stick to the basic chords for starters. Just strumming the E chord on a guitar with powerful basses immediately puts us in the mood!
Many players use the monotonic thumb style of playing, where the thumb srikes the bass E regularly, providing a lovely drone sound but also can be a drum sound. Yes, even with such a basic strike, there are nuances and things to learn. For example, if you hit the Bass e string with your thumb and let it ring, the sound will sustain and provided counterpoint to any treble work your fingers might play.
On the other hand, if you drop the palm of your hand onto the string just after you hit it, the sound will be clipped or damped, choked off. it sounds like a drum and musicians such as Mance Lipscombe, Lightnin' Hopkins and Big Bill Broonzy used this to great effect;
In my own courses, I recommend two songs by Hopkins - Baby Please Don't Go and Mary to start off with. They are both in E and use the monotonic bass thumb technique, but the pace and approach is different. In some places Hopkins lets the bass E ring out (particularly when he's laying down a riff on the treble strings high up the fret board) and sometimes he damps the bass strings in a percussive manner, laying down a beat. He also doubles up on the tempo, producing what he called a heartbeat effect, which had a powerful pull on the emotions of his audience.
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Early Morning Blues - Blind Blake
Guitar Rag by Merle Travis - Lesson 1
Deep River Blues - Doc Watson Lesson 2
Guitar Rag by Merle Travis Lesson 2
Fun With Travis Picking
Guitar Rag (Merle Travis/Chet Atkins)
Chaplin Rag - Jim Bruce Original
Diddie Wah Diddie by Blind Blake
Tootie Blues - Blind Blake
Advice On Finger Picking Blues Guitar
Vincent Black Lightning 1952 - Richard Thompson
Jesus Taking Me Home - Jim Bruce
Reverend Gary Davis Lesson - Candy Man
Mance Lipscomb - Goin' Down Slow
Cigarette Blues - Bo Carter
Acoustic Blues Travellers - EP - 6 tracks
It Ain't Me Babe - Bob Dylan
The Magic Thumb Of Reverend Gary Davis
Good and Bad - by Jim Bruce
Blues Guitar On The Paris Streets
Learn Blues Guitar - Picks or Bare Fingers?
How To Play Blues On The Street
Jim Bruce Youtube Guitar Lessons - Previews
Blue Day Blues - Scrapper Blackwell
Blues Guitar Lessons - Acoustic Blues Travellers
How Long Blues by Leroy Carr
Love In Vain Take 2 - Robert Johnson Cover
Jim Bruce Youtube Blues Guitar Lessons
Mississippi John Hurt - Satisfied and Tickled Too
Reap What You Sow - Mance Lipscomb
Lightnin' Hopkins - Baby Please Don't Go
Scrapper Blackwell - Down and Out
Willie Walker Ragtime Blues Guitar Lessons
Pink Anderson - CC and O Blues
Play Blues Guitar - Jammin' in A
Blues Guitar Lesson - Howlin' Wolf - Evil
Jim Bruce Song - The Ghost Of Johnny Southside
Big Bill Broonzy - Hey Hey
Big Bill Broonzy - Glory Of Love
Tom Paxton - Last Thing On My Mind
String Share Boogie Blues -Guitar Lessons Youtube
Robert Johnson - Four 'til Late
Sam Cooke - Bring It On Home To Me
Playing in Public - Stage Fright
Jim Bruce Blues Guitar Lesson Promotion
Jim Bruce Original Tune - Tesseract
Youtube Guitar Lessons Fingerpicking in Dropped D
Ton of Blues
To make things easier to assimilate, check out for You Tube guitar lessons with a slow pace and directions. This will make it more comfortable to learn important basic techniques and observe close ups clips of the correct hand movements, and in this way you'll get a good feel for the tuition. Viewing authentic blues guitar on YouTube will help you learn the real picking techniques employed by classic blues men in a rapid and effective way. A lot of folks have learned tricks and picking patterns using these streamed lessons.
In order for you to get started learning blues guitar techniques, you might start off by learning and constantly repeating blues riffs and basic groups. When you get the basics for those two aspects, and become comfortable with your hand movements, you'll be better placed to approach the various styles of blues music together with the diverse ways in which it's performed. It's usually advisable to being by learning the basic chords and scales, before advance gradually to advanced levels.
When searching for YouTube blues guitar lessons look for video lessons that use close ups showing both hands, which avoids confusion about which strings and frets are used. The videos also needs to include clear explanations, slow-motion demonstrations and song performance at full speed.
As a newbie beginning to learn the blues guitar, just grab your guitar, get on over to the Tube and search for some Youtube guitar lessons. The best guitar teachers hang out on Youtube, so it's a great place to start. Use this streamed media to show you the basics of how to play blues guitar If you couple these lessons with a real desire to play and practice blues guitar, it's only a matter of time before you're playing the music you love.
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