Blues Guitar with Hawkeye

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Hawkeye Herman

The blues is a distinctly American style of music. Many popular genres such as jazz, rock, and country music draw upon basic blues concepts. Consequently, it is advantageous for any guitarist to study the blues.

142 Lessons

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Full Course Breakdown

Hawkeye Herman, a masterful blues guitarist and singer, will guide you through important blues guitar concepts. He begins this series at the beginner level and gradually advances to more difficult material. You will learn blues chords, the 12 bar blues, the blues shuffle, slide guitar, and more.


Introduction to Blues

Hawkeye Herman introduces the blues. He explains the 12 bar blues chords and the poetic format that blues lyrics typically follow.

19:25 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Understanding Blues Chords

Hawkeye explains how the I, IV, and V chords are used in a 12 bar blues progression.

12:12 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Blues Rhythm

Hawkeye demonstrates common strumming patterns used in blues music. He also explains how country music evolved from the blues.

19:42 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Intro to the Blues Shuffle

The shuffle is one of the most common rhythms used in blues music. Hawkeye introduces the most basic shuffle rhythm pattern.

18:12 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


More Blues Shuffle

Hawkeye covers the blues shuffle in greater depth.

13:13 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


The Blues Turnaround

Hawkeye introduces and explains a common blues turnaround.

7:45 Runtime

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Interesting Blues Turnaround

Hawkeye demonstrates various ways of arpeggiating the blues turnaround from the previous lesson.

8:08 Runtime

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Moving the Turnaround

Hawkeye explains how the turnaround from the previous lesson can be transposed to all 12 keys.

5:57 Runtime

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Turnaround in the Bass

Hawkeye explains how the blues turnaround can be played on the bass strings.

11:12 Runtime

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Turnaround Practice

Hawkeye provides some tips regarding how to integrate turnarounds into the context of the 12 bar blues form.

3:58 Runtime

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Turnarounds as Lead

In this lesson Hawkeye will explain how you can use turnarounds as a way to play basic lead.

0:00 Runtime

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Subtle Changes

Hawkeye demonstrates how subtle changes made to the blues shuffle can have a profound impact on the overall sound of the 12 bar form.

7:12 Runtime

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Blues Shuffle Variations

Hawkeye demonstrates more blues shuffle variations. He discusses playing individual notes and palm muting.

7:23 Runtime

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Bass Blues Shuffle

In this lesson, Hawkeye teaches a bass version of the blues shuffle that mimics a common left-hand piano pattern.

10:49 Runtime

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Turnaround Exercise

Hawkeye presents an exercise that will enable you to play a turnaround over the blues form in all twelve keys.

10:44 Runtime

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Delta Blues Turnaround

Hawkeye teaches a Delta blues turnaround in the key of A. This turnaround is played in the style of Robert Johnson.

10:45 Runtime

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Delta Blues Turnaround #2

Hawkeye Herman teaches a new Delta blues turnaround. This lick was inspired by Robert Johnson.

7:12 Runtime

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Robert Johnson Style

Hawkeye Herman teaches more components of Robert Johnson's signature sound.

27:38 Runtime

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Movable Chords

Hawkeye introduces some common, movable chord shapes.

17:42 Runtime

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Movable Chord Review

Hawkeye reviews movable chords in this lesson. He explains how these chord voicings can be used in a practical blues context.

5:41 Runtime

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Basic Blues Scale

Hawkeye Herman introduces the minor pentatonic scale in this lesson, the most commonly used scale in blues lead guitar.

23:54 Runtime

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Passing Notes

Hawkeye builds on the pentatonic scale. He introduces "blue" notes, which transform the pentatonic scale into the minor blues scale.

12:50 Runtime

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Scales and Keys

Hawkeye explains how to transpose the minor pentatonic and minor blues scales to different keys.

21:18 Runtime

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Finding the Key

Hawkeye Herman explains how to determine the key of a blues song. This information is essential if you wish to play lead over a song.

15:31 Runtime

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Lightnin' Hopkins Style

In this lesson, Hawkeye will bring together much of what he has taught in this lesson series and apply it to the style of Lightnin' Hopkins.

16:36 Runtime

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Treble Shuffle

Hawkeye explains how to play the blues shuffle on the treble strings.

9:22 Runtime

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The Great River Road

Hawkeye Herman teaches you how to play his original song, "The Great River Road," in this phenomenal lesson.

16:39 Runtime

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Mississippi John Hurt Style

Hawkeye covers the guitar style of Mississippi John Hurt. This style makes heavy use of alternating bass lines.

14:48 Runtime

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Piano Blues

Hawkeye teaches an original piece called "Piano Blues." He teaches this song to further demonstrate the alternating bass line.

13:20 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Blues Accompaniment

Hawkeye Herman teaches a beautiful blues accompaniment pattern.

10:11 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Stop-Time Blues

Hawkeye introduces the stop-time blues rhythm.

17:21 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Sweet Home Chicago

Hawkeye Herman explains how to play Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago."

16:17 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Eight Bar Blues

Hawkeye introduces the eight bar blues progression.

22:28 Runtime

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8 Bar Blues Key Transposition

Hawkeye takes the 8 bar blues material from the last lesson and explains how to transpose it to different keys.

6:39 Runtime

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Classic 8 Bar Blues

Hawkeye teaches a classic 8 bar blues tune in the style of Brownie McGhee and Big Bill Broonzy.

25:10 Runtime

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Playing Multiple Notes

In this lesson Hawkeye revisits the blues/pentatonic scale and talks about playing multiple notes at the same time.

9:42 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Classic End Tag

Hawkeye Herman teaches a classic blues song ending. He also explains how it can be played in different keys.

9:42 Runtime

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Basic Blues Slide

Hawkeye Herman covers the basics of slide technique and provides exercises to demonstrate them.

25:49 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Slide Guitar and Open D Tuning

Hawkeye Herman introduces open D tuning. He explains how to play a 12 bar blues progression with a slide in this tuning.

14:56 Runtime

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Ramblin' On My Mind

Hawkeye Herman demonstrates the classic Robert Johnson song, "Ramblin' On My Mind" in open D tuning.

8:41 Runtime

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Blues Shuffle in Open D

Hawkeye explains how to play the blues shuffle in open D tuning.

0:00 Runtime

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Open D Harmony Shuffle

Hawkeye teaches the "harmony" version of the shuffle in open D tuning.

5:15 Runtime

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Open D Turnaround

Hawkeye teaches a simple blues turnaround in open D tuning.

9:00 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Open D Slide Licks

Hawkeye Herman teaches some open D slide guitar licks. These licks are inspired by the song "Ramblin' On My Mind" by Robert Johnson.

8:14 Runtime

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Pentatonic Scale in Open D

Hawkeye Herman explains how to play the D minor pentatonic scale in Open D tuning.

4:00 Runtime

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Ramblin' On My Mind

Hawkeye challenges you to play "Ramblin' On My Mind" using the techniques from the past couple of lessons.

4:03 Runtime

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Rock and Slide Guitar

Hawkeye shows that open D tuning and slide guitar are not exclusive to the blues. He provides an exercise that demonstrates how this tuning can be used in rock music.

15:55 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


D Tuning Chords

Hawkeye returns to the world of open D tuning. He introduces various chord voicings and explains how they can be used in the blues.

10:00 Runtime

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You Got To Move

In this lesson, Hawkeye teaches a classic blues song by Mississippi Fred McDowell - "You Got To Move".

9:03 Runtime

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You Got to Move Melody

Hawkeye Herman demonstrates how to play the melody of "You Got to Move" with a slide.

6:51 Runtime

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Slide Guitar and Blues Licks

Hawkeye Herman talks about playing and creating blues licks with the slide.

9:53 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Elmore James Style

Hawkeye Herman breaks down important aspects of Elmore James' style.

23:11 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Blues Licks and Riffs

Hawkeye teaches some versatile blues licks and riffs that can be used in open D tuning.

11:15 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Open G Tuning

Hawkeye Herman teaches the basics of open G tuning.

7:28 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


G Tuning Chords

Hawkeye gives a brief overview of chords and how they are played in open G tuning.

6:11 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Blues Scale in Open G Tuning

Hawkeye gives a brief rundown of how the blues / minor pentatonic scale can be played in open G tuning.

4:48 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


G Tuning Accompaniment

Hawkeye talks about playing accompaniment using open G tuning.

7:44 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Improvising in G Tuning

Improvisation using the minor pentatonic / blues scale is discussed in open G tuning. Hawkeye also touches on Robert Johnson's song, "Walkin' Blues."

7:26 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Open G Shuffle Rhythm

In this lesson, Hawkeye Herman talks about playing the blues shuffle in open G tuning. He also shows some basic turnarounds.

10:37 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Open G Shuffle Variations

Hawkeye reviews the blues shuffle in open G tuning. He demonstrates shuffle variations as well as a few licks, turnarounds, and other tidbits.

15:45 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Robert Johnson Licks

Hawkeye teaches several Robert Johnson licks in this lesson. These licks are played with a slide in open G tuning.

14:40 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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G Tuning and the Capo

Hawkeye introduces the capo and explains how it can be used. This lesson is still in the context of G tuning.

10:28 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Come On In My Kitchen

Hawkeye Herman showcases the power of slide guitar by demonstrating the classic Robert Johnson song, "Come On In My Kitchen."

6:33 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Skip James Style

Hawkeye Herman gives a brief rundown of Skip James' blues guitar style. This lesson also focuses on playing in open tunings without a slide.

19:15 Runtime

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Open D to Open G

Hawkeye demonstrates how to take a song from open D tuning and play it in open G. He uses the song "No Expectations" by the Rolling Stones as an example.

10:26 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Drop D Tuning

Hawkeye shows you the wonders of drop D tuning and teaches his rendition of "Big Road Blues."

30:30 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Statesboro Blues

Hawkeye goes over the fantastic song "Statesboro Blues" by Blind Willie McTell in Drop D tuning.

27:12 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Blind Lemon Jefferson

Hawkeye discusses some history behind the great blues guitarist Blind Lemon Jefferson. He covers the song "Matchbox Blues" to provide an example of his style.

19:40 Runtime

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Minor Blues

Hawkeye explains the chord changes used in a minor blues progression.

12:53 Runtime

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The Capo

Hawkeye talks about the capo and its many uses.

22:32 Runtime

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Song Endings

By user request, Hawkeye shares ideas on how to end songs in this lesson.

21:26 Runtime

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Stop Time Blues

In this lesson, Hawkeye Herman returns to the wonderful world of stop-time blues. He teaches a few more ways to play in this glorious style.

17:53 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Eight Bar Blues

Hawkeye talks about the eight bar blues and uses some classic blues songs as examples.

26:19 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Blues Mambo

Hawkeye talks all about the blues mambo in this lesson.

16:09 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Movable Endings

Hawkeye explains how all the endings you've learned up to this point can be transposed to any key.

31:53 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Movable Blues Scale

Hawkeye talks about transposing the minor pentatonic scale to various keys.

16:58 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Blues Scale Lead

Hawkeye explains how the blues scale can be used to play lead in any song.

30:57 Runtime

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Spanning the Neck

Hawkeye explains how the blues scale can span the neck in any key.

22:09 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


The Blues Had a Baby

Hawkeye talks about the background of rock 'n roll and how it is connected to blues.

21:42 Runtime

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Fun Licks

This lesson is filled with fun licks and lick techniques.

17:32 Runtime

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Spanning the Neck Continued

Hawkeye brings more blues wisdom to you in this lesson about spanning the neck.

18:18 Runtime

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Barre Chords Refresher

Hawkeye provides a few useful tips on playing barre chords.

13:18 Runtime

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Chord Relationships

Hawkeye discusses how the visual shapes of chords relate to one another on the fretboard.

15:06 Runtime

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Chord Relationships Continued

Hawkeye explains how to find the I, IV, and V chords in all 12 major keys.

8:43 Runtime

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Shuffle Rhythm Review

Hawkeye answers member questions on the shuffle rhythm.

16:19 Runtime

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Key of A Idea

Hawkeye shares an idea in the key of A that you can apply to your blues playing.

18:15 Runtime

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Thumbpick Vs. Flatpick

Thumbpick Vs. Flatpick: A most common question asked among guitarists is discussed in this lesson.

15:13 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Capo Ideas

Hawkeye shares his ideas on the capo and explains why he thinks it is important for every guitarist to own one.

18:34 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Everything is Movable

Hawkeye reiterates that everything is movable on the guitar and provides some fresh new ideas.

12:27 Runtime

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Bass Notes in Treble

Hawkeye explains how to add variety to the shuffle pattern by transferring the bass notes to the treble register and by adding palm muting. He also explains how you can create your own shuffle variations.

21:21 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Treble Shuffle

Hawkeye provides more amazing tips and tricks on moving your shuffle rhythm to the treble for a unique sound.

16:50 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Creating Solos

Hawkeye revisits the techniques learned in the last few lessons and explains how to tie tie them together to create solos.

9:46 Runtime

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Transposing Songs

Hawkeye provides some great tips for transposing any song you want to learn to a different key.

17:31 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


History of Blues

This exciting lesson dives into some of the earliest history of blues music and how it has shaped popular music today.

13:52 Runtime

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Blues is the Roots

Hawkeye Herman explains why "blues is the roots, and everything else is the fruits."

8:41 Runtime

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The Style of Hank Williams

Hawkeye discusses the history and style of Hank Williams.

17:07 Runtime

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The Style of Jimmie Rodgers

Hawkeye demonstrates some key aspects of Jimmie Rodgers' style.

12:30 Runtime

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Boom-Chicka Strum

Hawkeye demonstrates the "boom-chicka" strum and explains various ways you can incorporate it into your playing.

22:44 Runtime

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Fun Runs

Hawkeye Herman explains how to spice up your rhythm playing by incorporating bass runs between chord changes.

16:20 Runtime

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Review & Practice

Hawkeye Herman celebrates lesson 100 with a short but sweet review of what you've learned in the past couple of lessons.

6:51 Runtime

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Song Medley

Hawkeye Herman demonstrates rhythmic concepts from earlier lessons by playing a fun medley.

13:08 Runtime

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Hawkeye's Favorite Licks

Hawkeye shares some of his favorite licks in this lesson.

22:35 Runtime

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More Fun Licks

Hawkeye teaches more fun licks to add to your blues bag of tricks.

31:20 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


More Licks Up the Neck

Hawkeye Herman is back with some more classic blues licks that span the length of the fretboard.

26:20 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Bass Licks

Hawkeye explains the importance of playing licks over the entire neck of the guitar.

21:33 Runtime

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Rock Me Lick

Hawkeye Herman shares a lick that is commonly known as the "Rock Me Baby" Lick. He explains how this lick can be incorporated into a performance of this classic B.B. King song.

19:09 Runtime

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Turnaround Positions

Hawkeye discusses how ideas derived from turnarounds can be incorporated into blues solos.

8:19 Runtime

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Instrumental Themes

Hawkeye Herman talks about instrumental themes and how you can add lead fills to them.

18:03 Runtime

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Instrumental Themes Continued

Hawkeye continues his discussion on instrumental themes and blues.

23:42 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Ninth Chords

Hawkeye Herman explains how dominant 9th chords are formed and how they can be used in blues music.

15:16 Runtime

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Ninth Chords Continued

Hawkeye Herman continues his discussion on 9th chords.

26:52 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


More Eight Bar Blues

Hawkeye Herman shares more eight bar blues knowledge in this fun and information-packed lesson.

23:57 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Using a Tuner

Hawkeye shares his thoughts on tuners in this lesson.

6:38 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Introducing the Capo

In the 114th installment of his Blues Series, Hawkeye introduces the capo. He demonstrates how this valuable tool allows you to transpose chord voicings to various keys.

23:21 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Forming Barre Chords

Having trouble getting those fingers to form barre chords? In lesson #115 of his Blues Series, Hawkeye covers some tips and techniques to help with these problematic chord shapes. Any beginner can master barre chords with determination and a little help from Hawkeye.

10:03 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


4 Up, 5 Down Applied Concept

Hawkeye explains why the adjacent strings on the guitar are tuned in perfect fourths and how this relates to left hand fingering.

18:44 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Relative Chord Shapes

Hawkeye continues where he left off in lesson 116 and explains how the tuning of the guitar relates to commonly used chord shapes.

16:43 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Transposing Notes / Changing the Key

Hawkeye Herman reviews important transposition concepts. Here he demonstrates how to change the key of a song so that it is appropriate for your vocal range.

20:31 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


All About Finger Picking

Hawkeye takes a look at this important right hand technique.

20:54 Runtime

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Bo Diddley Beat

Hawkeye provides a history lesson on Bo Diddley. He also demonstrates how to play the classic "Bo Diddley Beat." This rhythmic pattern appears in countless blues and rock songs.

20:15 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Thematic Bass Lines

Hawkeye teaches some blues bass lines that can be applied to the twelve bar blues form.

19:04 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Bass Lines Continued

Hawkeye continues on from his 121st lesson with more examples of blues bass lines for guitar.

7:14 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Lead Bass Ideas

Hawkeye dives into some lead bass ideas. He demonstrates how a classic Eric Clapton riff can be used over the twelve bar blues form in any key.

12:57 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Willie's Bounce

Hawkeye teaches the bass line riff to his song "Willie's Bounce."

16:31 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Finger Picking Part 2

Hawkeye continues his discussion on finger picking.

12:27 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


The Texas A

Hawkeye Herman teaches a version of the A chord that he calls "The Texas A."

13:59 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Blues Scale: Adding the Major 3rd

Hawkeye breaks down the blues scale and demonstrates how to appropriately add the major 3rd.

26:16 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Double Stops

As demonstrated in previous lessons, Hawkeye opens up the world of double stops. Hawkeye teaches some classic Chuck Berry licks to demonstrate how double stops can be used effectively.

11:53 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Scrapper Blackwell

Hawkeye introduces the guitar stye of Scrapper Blackwell. He uses the song Scrapper called "E Blues" as a starting point.

20:46 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Influence of Blind Lemon Jefferson

History flows deep in blues music. Hawkeye discusses the influence of Blind Lemon Jefferson. This lesson is one for the history books.

22:43 Runtime

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Humming and Strumming

Hawkeye opens up some ideas on how to "plan ahead" in your playing. Similar to riding a bike, you need to look forward to see where your going. Humming what you want to play allows you to anticipate the road ahead.

18:49 Runtime

4.0 Difficulty


Katrina, Oh Katrina

Inspired by the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, Hawkeye was commissioned by the BBC to write a song about Katrina. Hawkeye demonstrates this song and recalls his thought process in writing this song.

29:53 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


All About the Hammer-on

Hawkeye demonstrates how a hammer-on can be used to open up doors in your playing. Hawkeye shows you how to achieve this technique and use it successfully in your playing.

24:07 Runtime

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The Pull-off

Hawkeye covers the pull-off, best friend of the hammer on. This technique is used to achieve the same goal as the hammer-on, yet with a completely different finger movement.

15:02 Runtime

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Using Hammer-ons and Pull-offs Together

Hawkeye combines lessons 133 and 134 and demonstrates some examples of how to utilize the hammer-on and pull-off techniques together to enhance your overall blues guitar skills.

10:27 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


The Quick Change

The 12 bar form is a staple in the world of blues music. However, there are plenty of different ways to arrange it. This lesson covers what is commonly called "The Quick Change."

15:15 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Starting on the IV Chord

Hawkeye demonstrates how to change up a traditional 12 bar blues progression by starting on the IV chord.

16:51 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


The Talking Blues

Hawkeye demonstrates yet another form of blues known as the "Talking Blues." This style is indicative of its name. It features a talking vocal style played over a I, IV, V chord progression.

24:43 Runtime

4.0 Difficulty


Utilizing 9th Chords

Need a slightly different voicing to spice up your playing? 9th chords will give your blues playing a colorful, urban sound.

24:53 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Minor Tuning, Major Sound

Hawkeye breaks out his slide and demonstrates how chord progressions in major keys can be played in open minor tunings.

4:43 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Style of Elmore James

Hawkeye offers up some tricks and techniques that Elmore James utilized in his style of playing.

25:52 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Style of Son House

In lesson 142, Hawkeye dives into the style of Son House. House pioneered an innovative style featuring strong, repetitive rhythms often played with a slide.

14:32 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty

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  • Ashland, Oregon
  • Playing since 1958
  • 218 lessons at JamPlay
""One of America's finest acoustic guitarists and blues educators."
Cascade Blues Association

"Herman plays with a sensitive, reflective touch that continually draws attention to his vocals, which are effectively understated and free of affectation... Herman can rock with the best of them. A solid choice for fans of traditional acoustic blues."
Living Blues Magazine

" ...plays haunting music on a mournful guitar."
Los Angeles Times

"The only thing better than hearing this live album is seeing Hawkeye Herman in the flesh. Whether adding his own spin to blues classics or offering his own songs, Herman is a one-man history of blues, noteworthy guitar player and inimitable communicator. Miss him at your peril."
Blues Access

With over 40 years of performing experience, Michael "Hawkeye" Herman personifies the range of possibilities in blues and folk music. His dynamic blues guitar playing and vocal abilities have won him a faithful following and he leads a very active touring schedule of performances at festivals, concerts, school programs and educational workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His original music has been included in video dramas and documentaries and in four hit theatrical productions.

In 2000, Hawkeye was awarded Philadelphia's Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre for best original music in a theatrical production. "Everyday Living," Hawkeye's first nationally released album from 1987, now reissued on CD, features the late blues giants Charles Brown and "Cool Papa" Sadler, and established the demand for his now long-standing festival and concert touring. His latest CDs and DVD, "Blues Alive!" (CD), "It's All Blues To Me" (CD), and "Hawkeye Live In Concert" (DVD) have been greeted with rave reviews. Hawkeye's journalistic efforts have been published in numerous national and regional blues and music-related periodicals.

In 1998 he was the recipient of the Blues Foundation's "Keeping The Blues Alive" award for achievement in education. He served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation for six years. Hawkeye was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of fame in 2004. In September of 2005, Hawkeye composed, at the request of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), "Katrina, Oh Katrina (Hurricane Blues)," detailing the hurricane disaster on the Gulf Coast. The song was aired to over 7 million listeners on the popular "BBC Today" program. He is the cofounder of the Rogue Valley Blues Festival, Ashland, OR.

This musician has definitely carved out a spot for himself in the contemporary acoustic blues/folk field, and has earned a reputation as one of the most accomplished artists in the genre, and audiences throughout the US/Canada/Europe have come to know and appreciate Hawkeye's talent, dedication, and captivating performances.
Reviews & Feedback 92/100 with 1916 ratings

your are a great teacher...thank you.


Hawkeye's passion for the blues and teaching really comes through in his lessons. I appreciate his stepwise approach and thorough explanations


Thank you Hawkeye! That was a lot of fun and learning experience! I am out to practice!


This is perfect. This is my favorite lesson so far. This is exactly what I needed. Great teacher/teaching style.


Easy to understand It's just what I needed.




Yet another really good one.


a little thing to amuse myself with on guitar - I like that concept.


A new button is needed. All of the above!


Actually,I wanted to click all 3 tabs..option in the future(hint,hint)


I can kinda of understand..thanks


Thanks hawkeye


All of the above. Great tutorial top guy Hawkeye.


All of the above. I've been playing 35 years and I gig regularly but I'm always on the lookout to learn new things. I really appreciate the enthusiasm and references to blues history Mark brings to the lesson. I'm going through his entire cours


Excellent teacher Hawkeye love his style of teaching and opening up possibilities for students like me.......


Perfect. These lessons just continue to be outstanding.




Love, love love. I'm in heaven


This lesson was awesome...thanks Hawkeye!


I love his approach to life!! (and music of course)


Been improving a lot things and singing the blue's.


Best teacher here, so far


It sounds almost like a real solo. ;-)


brought everything together and it made sense!




Very, very good lesson!!! I really apreciate it! Thanks Hawkeye


I listen to him all the time

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easy on the ear


Easy to understand And Just what I needed Hawkeyes rocks !!


I would check all of them if possible. I think Hawkeye is an unbelievable teacher, and I have had a lot.


The way it's explained is easy to pick.


First of all, all of the above. Fantastic!!!! After 4-5 years of hard work without any progress, I'm still beginner and finally I understood the 12 bar blues chords as I did today, from Hawkeye. Great Teacher. Thank you


Great starting point. Especially enjoyed the history lesson!


Good background.


Good intro to blues.


Good lesson!


Good simple riff explained well.


not a great player but very good teacher


Good teacher.


u r gr8 teacher


great instruction on how to start free styling w open d slide rather than just playing other peoples songs (which is great, but the moment someone jumped on stage with me I felt like I was in the deep end). This is exactly what I've been lookin


Outstanding. Am really enjoying.


great introduction to the blues.


lessons i can use immediately and what a fun and engaged teacher!