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Traditional Acoustic Blues Guitar for Beginners

Learn to play traditional-style acoustic blues using both an alternating and monotonic bass pattern and in a variety of keys.

Traditional Acoustic Blues Guitar for Beginners

Learn to play traditional-style acoustic blues using both an alternating and monotonic bass pattern and in a variety of keys.
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About the Class

In this course, you will learn how to play blues on the acoustic guitar as it was done on the recordings of the 1920s and 1930s. We will start by learning the basic concepts needed to understand this style of guitar playing mainly the alternating and monotonic bass lines. Then I will teach you all of the basic chords needed to play acoustic blues guitar and give you a number of practice exercises to help you learn and master each one. In the main part of the course, I will teach you 25 different acoustic blues songs, five in each of the most commonly used keys. This will allow you to apply what you have learned and learn the nuances of playing in each key. The songs covered are:

Key of C

  • "Ella Speed" by Mance Lipscomb
  • "East St. Louis Blues" by Blind Willie McTell
  • "Ain't No Tellin" by Mississippi John Hurt
  • "I'm Busy, and You Can't Come In" by Sylvester Weaver (Instrumental)
  • "Hesitation Blues" by Reverend Gary Davis

Key of E

  • "Groundhog Day Blues" by Lil' Son Jackson
  • "Mojo Hand" by Lightning Hopkins
  • "Annie's Boogie" by Lightning Hopkins (Instrumental)
  • "Sugar Babe" by Mance Lipscomb
  • "Key to The Highway" by Big Bill Broonzy

Key of A

  • Robert Johnson Style in A
  • "Keep Away From My Woman" by Blind Boy Fuller
  • "Blues Come to Texas" by Lil' Son Jackson
  • "Coffee Blues" by Mississippi John Hurt
  • "Moppers Blues" by Big Bill Broonzy

Key of D

  • "Stack O' Lee" by Mississippi John Hurt
  • "Big Road Blues" by Tommy Johnson
  • "Canned Heat" by Tommy Johnson
  • "Old Country Rock" by William Moore (Instrumental)
  • "Chump Man Blues" by Blind Blake

Key of G

  • "Step It Up and Go" by Blind Boy Fuller
  • "Love In Vain" by Robert Johnson
  • "Casey Jones" by Mississippi John Hurt
  • "That'll Never Happen No More" by Blind Blake
  • "Bye Bye Baby" by Little Hat Jones

Each lesson teaches the basic song and any chords, introductions, fill-licks, bridges, solos, and end tags.

When you are finished with this course, you should be well on your way to being able to play authentic country blues guitar and figure out more songs on your own.

Basic TABS are included for each lecture. I am just getting started with Guitar Pro 7. Please note that I do not TAB out the entire songs in this series. I only TAB out what I teach. The TABS are very basic but accurate. I plan on revising and adding to the TABS for this lesson as I become more skilled with the GP7 software. Let me know what you think.

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David Moore

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I am a high school teacher who has played and studied traditional blues guitar styles for more than 30 years. I specialize in electric blues recorded between the years 1947 and 1970. I also play and teach pre-war acoustic blues. I love all forms of American roots music and have been playing the guitar since I was 17. I enjoy teaching and...

Class Requirements

  • You need to have an acoustic guitar and beginner to intermediate guitar skills.
  • You should be familiar with the songs included in the lessons before getting started.

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Level: Intermediate
Duration: 9 hours 18 minutes
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