Introduction to Fingerstyle Blues

Live Guitar Course: Fingerstyle Blues for Anyone

In this course you will learn to fingerpick in the pre-war style of the great blues artists from the 1920’s through the mid 1940’s. This class is for anyone wanting to learn to play Fingerstyle Blues. The prerequisite is that the student knows a few basic chords and be able to count to 4, meaning almost anyone can participate.

Introduction to Fingerstyle Blues

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  • Basic Fingerstyle Blues
  • Use Call and Response
  • Common Blues Progressions
  • Turnarounds and Riffs
  • Blues Improvisation
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Introduction to Fingerstyle Blues Guitar Course

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Date Topic

Week 1

03/26/2018 at 8pm

Getting Started with the 12 Bar Blues

In week 1 we are going to jump right in and learn to combine a simple melody with an open string bass. The 12 bar structure will be demonstrated alongside our first fingerstyle blues.

Week 2

04/02/2018 at 8pm

Melodic Variation and Syncopation

In this week we will take our melody from week 1 and use various techniques including syncopation to create a more distinctive musical phrase.

Week 3

04/09/2018 at 8pm

Learning Call and Response

In this lesson you will learn how to extend your musical phrases and to form more cohesive grooves through a technique known as Call and Response.

Week 4

04/16/2018 at 8pm

Elements of Rhythm (Adding in the Chords)

This week we will introduce seventh chords, which function as the harmonic backdrop of the blues.

Week 5

04/23/2018 at 8pm

Creating a Groove

In week 5 we are going to take a look at a groove based blues with pedal point chord changes.

Week 6

04/30/2018 at 8pm

Adding Rhythm Fills

This week focuses on how we can add chords and syncopation to counterbalance and add variety to our 4 bar phrase.

Week 7

05/07/2018 at 8pm

The Shuffle Rhythm

Our lesson this week will include the E minor pentatonic scale along with a mid tempo blues song in the style of Jimmy Reed.

Week 8

05/14/2018 at 8pm

Moving Up The Fretboard

This week features a slow delta style blues in E with some signature licks in both open and fifth position.

Week 9

05/21/2018 at 8pm

Alternating Bass and Travis Picking

This week we are going to learn more about pattern picking and how to keep a steady alternating bass.

Week 10

05/28/2018 at 7pm

Turnarounds, Riffs and Improvisation

This week wraps up Fingerstyle Blues. In this class we will spend time learning classic riffs and turnarounds.

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