Blues Guitar with Stuart Ziff

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Stuart Ziff

Stuart will demonstrate his own unique style of Blues guitar. He will talk about the genre and demonstrate why this unique style is a staple of American music.

15 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Full Course Breakdown

Stuart will cover the Blues genre in-depth in this exhaustive lesson series. Being a man of many musical backgrounds, Stuart will also offer advice on how to incorporate Blues playing and technique into other styles of music.


Flat Tire Shuffle

Stuart doesn't waste an ytime diving into blues as he starts his series off by demonstrating one of the most iconic and recognizable blues rhythm patterns, the "flat tire" shuffle.

13:34 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

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Rhythmic Foundation

Rhythm in blues is essential, and Stuart provides some tips on how the foundation for blues rhythm can be built.

11:44 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Complementary Rhythm Techniques

In this lesson, Stuart demonstrates how to create complementary rhythms that accompany the rest of the band or layer in while a soloists takes over.

11:39 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Supportive Single Note Lines

Stuart demonstrates how simple single note lines can really influence rhythm within blues music.

17:24 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Minor Pentatonic Scales

Stuart moves forward in his blues series by demonstrating the minor pentatonic scale. He explains how some major artists have influenced its use within blues music.

17:02 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Minor Blues

Even though they are less common than major keys, minor keys play a huge part in blues music. Stuart discusses and demonstrates minor blues concepts.

13:13 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Soloing over Minor Blues

This lesson provide tips on soloing over minor blues progressions. Stuart uses a backing track to help demonstrate some basic fundamentals to keep in mind while soloing.

20:06 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Adding Swing to Blues

Adding a "swing" to eighth note groupings is the subject of this lesson. Stuart demonstrates how this simple rhythmic technique gives blues music part of its signature feel.

11:17 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Uptown Blues

Stuart utilizes the swing technique to help demonstrate how "uptown blues" has its own unique sound that stems from larger, urban east coast cities.

15:15 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Blues with ii-V Change

Stuart demonstrates what a ii-V change is and explains how it is such a widely used turnaround within blues music.

16:53 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Pentatonic Scale Theory

Stuart takes an in depth look at pentatonic scale theory and demonstrates many different ways it can be applied within blues music.

34:05 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


2 Bar Phrase

Stuart will demonstrate what a 2 bar phrase is and how it can be used within the blues genre.

15:43 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Slide Blues Guitar

Stuart will now demonstrate what bottleneck slide blues guitar is, some of his favorite artists, and the techniques on how to achieve that unique twang sound.

7:24 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Slide Blues Part 2

Stuart will now dive much deeper into the many different techniques that are needed to create a Bottleneck Slide Blues sound.

14:14 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Intervals for Open Tuning

Stuart will continue his slide blues techniques by demonstrating how to find intervals within an open tuning.

9:54 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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  • Playing since 1985
  • 139 lessons at JamPlay
A veteran guitarist fluent in, Blues, R&B, Funk, Rock, Reggae and everything in between. As a Studio Musician playing guitar on numerous commercials, demos for singer-songwriters and records.

A career as a songwriter that began with Warner Bros recording artist David Ball’s first Nashville CD in 1994 “ Thinking Problem .“ Stuart was co writer on the hit song “ Thinking Problem.” Also playing on the record supplying acoustic and electric guitar. Since 2000, He’s been living in Los Angles.

Presently the Guitarist for the band WAR, touring and recording with them. As a songwriter for Film & TV: “ National Lampoons Cattle Call ,“ Americas Funniest Home Videos and Bad Girls. Songs on recordings by Eric Burden, Johnny Adams, Gary Hoey and Theresa James. Since 2005, a member of the faculty at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood.
Reviews & Feedback 95/100 with 252 ratings

A true teacher and talented musician. An inspiration!


Absolutely excellent. It's what I would expect from a professional teacher that cares about what he is passing on to his students.


do these rules work over all major, minor and Dom chords or just the ii,V and I ?


I wanted to learn how to play blues this year. this is exactly what I needed and this course and the next one will help so much.


Explanations are clear as water!! Good professor indeed!!


good explanation of rhythm


I learned a lot. Cool rhythm and Chord Voicings. Thanks


I really enjoyed this lesson. just what I needed.


I wished I could record the tune so I can play it over & over


Just what I need. Thank’s Stuart


rhythm is one of my weaker points, I have not worked on it as much as lead playing


right on - tks

Rob S

Stuart has a great teaching style. I get a lot from this lesson set and his live chats Rob

marshall laney

Stuart is very informative and clear in his instruction, there is no guess work involved and its definitely not just a talk fest!


Stuart was awesome! Great lesson, really helped a lot!!! Great suggestions to go from a minor blues scale to a natural minor and then Dorian Mode. But how do you figure out what types of scales to use?


Stuart's a tone master.


The pentatonic scale theory lesson opened a magnitude of understanding of what and how to use a pentatonic scale. A lot to chew on, yes, but the light at the end of the tunnel is plainly visible from the start. Thanks Stewart!


very informative and clear.


Well laid out for me