Eric Madis covers a uniquely American style of music, the Blues. In this series he tackles the subject from the acoustic fingerstyle perspective and even throws in a bit of ragtime for good measure.
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In this series, we will learn different styles of the blues genre, and study the bluesmen who brought them to us. In addition, we'll learn the core techniques of the blues that will give us all the tools we need to play this style!Begin the Course
Eric Madis introduces his Fingerstyle Blues and Ragtime lesson series. After the introduction, he starts things off with a bang by teaching "The Rolling E Blues".
Eric Madis expands on "The Rolling E Blues," which he taught in the last lesson. This time around he adds information to make the arrangement more complex.
Eric Madis introduces the concept of monotonic bass lines and gives an excellent exercise for practicing the technique.
Eric Madis returns to the wonderful world of "The Rolling E Blues" and demonstrates how the arrangement can be made a bit more complex.
Eric Madis returns to "The Rolling E Blues" and teaches an even more complex variation.
In this lesson Eric teaches a Robert Johnson style blues.
Eric Madis returns with the second part of his lesson on the Robert Johnson style blues.
In this lesson, Eric Madis talks about the Piedmont blues and the musical stylings of Blind Willie McTell.
Eric Madis returns with the second part of his lesson on the Piedmont style and Blind Willie McTell. This time around he makes the arrangement a bit more complex.
Eric Madis demonstrates some opportunities for improvisation within the Blind Willie McTell/Piedmont style arrangement he taught in previous lessons.
Eric Madis introduces a series of diad patterns he calls "The Memphis Diads" and shows how they can be used as chord substitutions.
This time around, Eric takes the ideas from the past few lessons and ties them together effectively within a blues progression.
In this lesson, Eric Madis begins teaching the style of Mississippi John Hurt. He talks about the signature syncopation technique Mississippi John Hurt used and discusses playing with the G chord.
Eric Madis takes the ideas taught in the last lesson and expands upon them. He talks about taking these ideas and playing melodies similar to what Mississippi John Hurt would have played.
Eric Madis begins teaching a common theme in the style of Robert Johnson. This theme will span several lessons. This time, Eric teaches a signature turnaround that gives the theme its flair.
Eric Madis continues with the Robert Johnson theme. This time, he finishes up the first variation of this 12 bar blues arrangement.
In this lesson, Eric teaches a brilliant variation to the Robert Johnson theme taught in the last lesson.
In this lesson Eric talks about improvising using the Robert Johnson theme he has been teaching in the past few lessons.
Eric Madis takes knowledge he has taught in past lessons and applies it to an update of "The Rolling E Blues" that features exciting improvisational variations.
In this lesson, Eric Madis talks about using the 7th and 9th chords in blues progressions. He uses "The Rolling E Blues" to demonstrate these chord options.
Eric teaches a Piedmont blues number inspired by Big Bill Broonzy and the Reverend Gary Davis.
In this lesson, Eric Madis returns to a piece he calls "Big Bill and the Reverend". This time around, he teaches ways you can embellish the song to make it more interesting.
In this lesson, Eric returns to the tune "Big Bill and the Reverend" and talks about D chord substitutions.
In this lesson, Eric shows several interesting improvisational techniques you can use with the E chord and shows how they can be applied to "Big Bill and the Reverend".
Eric Madis teaches a traditional blues tune entitled "Baby Please Don't Go".
In this lesson Eric discusses variations that can be used when playing "Baby Please Don't Go".
Eric Madis will have you sounding like Robert Johnson in no time with this amazing blues progression entitled "RJ's Lament".
In this lesson Eric Madis teaches a version of "RJ's Lament" that contains Robert Johnson's signature musical flair.
In this lesson, Eric teaches a 16 bar blues progression that honors blues musician Mississippi John Hurt.
In the second part of his "Mississippi John Hurt Tribute," Eric Madis teaches several interesting variations on this 16 bar progression.
Eric Madis teaches a traditional blues and ragtime theme he likes to call "The Americana Rag".
Eric Madis returns to "The Americana Rag". He teaches the melody portion of the song and how to add it into the basic arrangement taught in lesson 31.
Eric Madis teaches the concept of walking bass lines within a new blues chord progression.
Eric starts teaching his blues/ragtime rendition of the classic song "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah". This version he teaches is in G6 tuning. He explains this tuning and the first section of the song.
Eric Madis returns to this song and teaches the second part of the melody.
In this lesson, Eric teaches another melody that can be used with this song. This time the melody features a bit of Hawaiian slack key flair.
In this lesson, Eric teaches a version of this tune that is inspired by Mississippi John Hurt. Mixing this variation in with the others will have you sounding like a blues god in no time!
Eric Madis teaches you how to incorporate some Memphis lead ideas into the arrangement of "Glory, Glory Hallelujah" that he has been teaching.
Eric teaches another way to play this song that includes arpeggio techniques often employed by Chet Atkins.
Eric Madis teaches what he calls the "Blind Blake and Merle Travis" section of the song. Basically this is a version of the song taught in their styles.
In the final lesson on this song, Eric teaches the ending and then demonstrates the entire song using all of the different arrangements from previous lessons. These may have seemed like small and easy variations, but when combined, they create an epic masterpiece of fingerstyle playing.
Eric Madis teaches a fingerstyle version of the classic ragtime tune "Maple Leaf Rag". He begins with this simple introduction arrangement and moves on to teach more difficult portions in later lessons.
In the second part of his series on "Maple Leaf Rag," Eric teaches a basic version of the melody for the A section of the song.
Eric Madis teaches the next major portion of the melody for "Maple Leaf Rag". This melody is a bit more difficult to play, but the sound is worth it.
In this lesson, Eric teaches the third part of the melody to "Maple Leaf Rag". When combined with the intro, these three parts form a nearly complete arrangement of this classic ragtime tune.
Eric wraps up his rendition of "Maple Leaf Rag" by teaching the ending segment of the song. Afterwards, he puts the entire song together and talks about performing it.
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A really good presentation. Easy to follow and paced right. I love JamPlay. Thanks
OK now you're startn' to make me work and really build the callouses. Keep it up, boss.
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All the three of the above comments are applicable for me. I think Eric has a very friendly and informal style that still gets the information across.
All three of the above.
This series just keeps getting better. Really clear instruction from Eric as usual. Love this arangment.
Awesome stuff Eric!
Wish I could have chosen ALL OF THE ABOVE! This video and teacher will likely help me to decide to subscribe to the site. Just what I'm looking for
I love it. Eric, like Hawkeye, makes it so easy.
Eric breaks all of this down so well.....with lots of practice of specific patterns and turn arounds. Excellent series!!
Eric explains everything in a completely understandable and comprehensive way. Love it!
Eric is awesome
Eric is top
Eric's blues lessons have been so helpful!
Eric Madis is a great player and teacher. Really like his approach. Easy to learn the piedmont style
Eric Madis ist so simpathic and good in explain !! Thumps Up. He alone is worth the membership !!
Everything I'm looking for I love it
exactly the level and style i want
Teacher is great explaning the content as well!
Fantastic explanation of what could be overwhelming material for students new to the style.
Great systematic way of learning the alternating base with the thumb. Helps to burn it in. I took Eric's electric blues course and like his way of presenting the material so that it can be digested. He doesn't just run over it quickly and leav
Great instructor--I love how he beaks this down into chunks and walks us through it step by step.
Great lesson,great teacher and a great style of teaching and playing.
He is great. I work on that nearly every day. I´m a JamPlay Junkie now. Thanks for that!
Hi Eric, just getting started and really looking forward to the acoustic fingerstyle blues series. The different screen shots are very helpful and appreciate the gradual breakdown for learning. fYI found you by searching on Google for acousti
I heard Mississippi John Hurt and really wanted to develop this style of blues into my acoustic guitar skills ... this first lesson on rolling e blues was terrific: great pace and clear. Like the instructor too.
i like his guitar style interests, his pace & calm energy
I like the teacher and content.
I use to do a song in this style but I don't remember much of it. I do remember how much fun it was to play. The teacher and the lessons were great!
the best teacher
just challenging enough, clear, great teacher. Step by step detail.
Like the teacher, easy to understand, AND just what I needed. I like starting off with something relatively easy and adding more extensive material. Lesson is straight forward - no random jumping around. Hope the rest of these lessons continue
Love it so useful!
New to guitar, as well as finger picking style. I'm excited about the lesson.
Really enjoyed the experience. Very clear. Looking forward to the next one.
Really enjoying this series of lessons. Getting into what I wanted to learn when I first started playing acoustic guitar. Awesome teacher.
Systematic and well organized
Thanks for breaking it down so well Eric. Really nicely taught.
The new screen shots are great they really help!!!
The teacher is very good, easy to understand and very thorough...breaks it down very nicely. Thanks
There is a little problem with the synchronization between video and audio. It is a little confusing when you're trying to watch carefully and listenig :) Hopefully next lessons will be fine.