By Peter Stark

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1 Ok, you’ve been playing guitar for a while and want to learn how to play the blues. I mean playing sing along songs around the campfire is fun, but you want to learn something more complex. And the blues is just that. Let me tell you one thing, there is nothing more rewarding for a guitarist than to be able to play the blues in the style of old “slow hand” Eric Clapton for example. Standing on stage or jamming with your friends, you will definitely stand out and amaze people when playing the blues. There is a reason why people like the blues…….they just sound and feel so good. But first, you’ll have to get there……and that means practice. I hate to break it to you; if you don’t set aside some time each day to practice you are not going to learn. If you are not willing to practice then you might as well stop reading this right now and forget about playing the blues. However, the blues, like anything, is easy to learn (but difficult to master). The cool thing is that the simplest bend of the string or the strum of that blues chord already sounds and feels really good. So after some practice, your guitar playing will already sound good……and this is what I will be showing you in here….to sound good. Now, to set things straight, if you’ve already thought of it, let me be the first to tell you……you don’t need private lessons to learn the blues. In private lessons you’re typically “forced” to play what your tutor wants you to play….not what you want to play, or what you want to learn to play. Be your own teacher; teach yourself what you want to play, how you want to play it, when you want to learn to play it. This will also help you to develop your own style. Besides, you’ll be saving a good deal of money considering the cost of private lessons these days! All you need are a couple of good resources (i.e. this ebook ) to get you going. There are also plenty of good courses available on the web that come at a very reasonable cost and are a fraction of the cost of private lessons. As you work your way through this ebook you will realize that learning the blues is basically becoming “literate” in the blues structure, the blues chords and, of course, the good old blues scale. You will not be going into advanced stuff. Here we’ll just keep it simple. However, once you’ve gone through the lessons in here, I highly recommend Playing Through The Blues for some more advanced training to take your blues guitar playing to the next level. This course can be downloaded and is easy to understand and explains and solves many issues that will affect your blues guitar playing. You can read more about it by Clicking Here.

2 Ok, enough talk….let’s do the walk and let’s get down & dirty and learn some blues. Be sure to read each chapter carefully as this will be your foundation for the more advanced stuff later. Good luck and have fun!

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There are many styles of blues. I am sure you’ve already come across these when listening to the blues…..fingerstyle blues, Delta blues, Chicago blues…….but they all have one thing in common, and that is their structure. Most blues are based on the 12 bar structure, hence the name “12 Bar Blues”. Typically, a 12 bar blues consists of three chords referred to as the 1, 4 and 5 chords of a particular key. In the C major scale the chords will look like this:
1 C 2 D 3 E 4 F 5 G 6 A 7 B 8 C

Notice that the chords in positions 1, 4 and 5 are C, F and G……..hence the chords in a 12 bar blues in the key of C would be C, F and G. Similarly, by changing the key you can use this chart to find what chords will be used for blues in A, E or G for example. I’ve prepared a table below to save you the trouble.
Key C A E G 1 C A E G 4 F D A C 5 G E B D

Learn to love these. If you know these chord structures you already know most of the blues songs out there and will be able to jam along with any blues band out there. Obviously, you won’t just encounter the blues only in the major keys, but you will also get them in the minor and the 7th chords. Now, in terms of what this will look on paper……….the basic 12 bar blues pattern will look something like this:

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Simply replace the numbers in positions 1, 4 and 5 with the chords that are in the key you want to play. In the next chapter I’ll show you how to play these chords.

Can you see how Jimi is feeling the music? Now that’s the blues for you!

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In the first chapter you’ve learned what chords are used in the 12 bar blues and the various keys of it. Now I’m going to show you how to play these chords. You can also download all the sound files here if you want to hear what these chords should sound like. Listen to Track 1 to hear what these chords sound like.
Key 1 4 5

C7

The 12 bar key of G chords can be heard on Track 2.
Key 1 4 5

G7

6 Track 3 will show you what these chords should sound like one after the other.
Key 1 4 5

Or A7

Or

Or

Ami

Or

Or

Or

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Finally, the 12 bar blues chords in the key of E sound like this……Track 4.
Key 1 4 5

E7

Or

Or

Or

Remember to practice these chords until you are comfortable playing them. You need to be able to move from chord to chord quite quickly…..so go ahead, practice.

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Now that you are comfortable playing the individual chords for the 12 bar blues in each specific key, it’s time to introduce you to the blues scale. The blues scale has been used by blues and rock players for as long as blues existed. Below is a diagram of the most common used fingering. Learn this well and you will be on your way to soloing all over the fret board pretty soon (more on that later). So without further ado, I present to you…….THE BLUES SCALE.

Notice that you can play this scale on any position on the guitar. The fret doesn’t matter. Just make sure you keep the spacing between your fingers the same as you move the scale around the neck. The note in red is the tonic. This note determines what key the scale is in. Here is the blues scale in notation and tablature.

You’ll see that the scale started on the 5th fret. And, as you’ve read above, the starting position is the “tonic”, which is the key of the scale……..in this case the key of A. Now you can simply use the blues scale that matches the key of the song you are playing and away you go. Go ahead, listen to Track 5 and play the scale along with it.

9 Remember that your goal for now is to memorize the blues scale. As with all things in music, go slowly. Use a metronome when you practice and get plenty of repetitions. If you were to play the blues scale 20 times a day, 5 days a week for one month, you would be doing 400 repetitions in a month. It doesn’t take a lot of time to do this. This is the kind of practice that will help you learn guitar in the shortest time possible. Do the repetitions and I promise the time spent will be well worth it. When you start to get command over the tools of music like the blues scale, your enjoyment of playing will increase drastically.

SRV was always hungry for more……I guess that’s why he’s probably one of the best guitarists of all time. How hungry are you?

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The shuffle is a great rhythm pattern to learn and play in the blues. And, I’m 110% shure that you’ve heard it before in many blues songs as well. You can clearly identify the shuffle by its characteristic rhythmic pattern that gets your foot stomping. Again, the cool thing about the shuffle is that you can play it in any key. The only thing you have to know to jam along with others is to know what key they’re in…..and you’re ready to go. Playing the shuffle at first can be a bit difficult, as you have to stretch your hand. But with a bit of practice, and after playing it for a while, it’ll come as second nature to you and you’ll be shuffling away in your sleep. Here’s just a small hint for starting out. Start higher up on the neck where the frets are closer together. Then as you become comfortable slowly move down fret by fret where the frets are wider. This will allow your hand to stretch over time. On the following pages is the tablature for the shuffle in keys of E, A, G and D. I’ve shown the positions higher up on the neck as this will be easier for you to start. Once you get the hang of it you can try out the shuffle a bit further down the neck.

Remember to practice stretching your hands when playing the shuffle.

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The shuffle in E can be listened to on Track 6.

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The shuffle in A can be listened to on Track 7.

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The shuffle in G can be listened to on Track 8.

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The shuffle in D can be listened to on Track 9.

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Wow, you’re still here. Good! Cause you’re almost there…….almost at the holiest of holies. In this chapter you will be introduced to some really cool, yet easy to play blues licks. Licks are the stuff that solos are made of….and who wouldn’t want to play solos. Especially solos played in the blues. The blues is the only style of music (for me personally) where you can actually feel what the musician is feeling. Ok, but let’s not get sentimental here, we’ve got some licks to practice. Ready, are those fingers warmed up? Our first lick is a typical lick from a slow blues. Listen to Track 10 and then slowly play it yourself.

Track 11 takes the first lick one step further. Ready? Here we go.

Now how does that sound to you? Even better, how does it feel playing this? Feels good, doesn’t it? Here’s another one for you that’ll take you all the way from the 1 st to the 6th string. Track 12 will show you how.

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Ok, I hope these three licks have got your creative juices flowing. Now, go listen to some of your favorite blues songs and experiment a little. There is much more out there to learn…….just to give you a hint…..remember the blues scale……there are 5 other scales almost like it, but just a bit different….each with its own flavor…..never mind more licks. Since you’ve come this far I am sure that you won’t stop here.....go on learn some more of the blues! But for now I’d like to say

You’ve learned what the blues are made of…the 12 bar blues, the chords and the blues scale. But, I guess the highlights where the licks (a sort of into into blues solos)….and don’t forget the foot stompin’ shuffle. So what message should you be carrying away? By now you should’ve realized that playing the blues is not too difficult…..all that’s required is a bit of practice. Now just imagine what good some more practice can do for your blues guitar playing? Like I mentioned above, there is a lot more to learn. You’ve basically just seen the tip of the iceberg. For some more advanced stuff I highly recommend Playing Through The Blues. This course is guaranteed to take your blues guitar playing through the roof. Don’t worry, if you’ve made it this far, you’ll be ready for the more complex stuff. Again, this course can be downloaded and is easy to understand and explains and solves many issues that will affect your blues guitar playing. Click Here to visit the official website. Good Luck & Keep On Playing the Blues Peter Stark

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