Why Blues Guitar Instruction First

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As a guitarist, you are probably going to be called upon to play something “bluesy” at some point or the other early on in your career.

The foundation of all rock music today (although rock also drew strongly from other genres like electric blues, folk, classical jazz, etc), acoustic blues is a musical form that originated in the African-Americancommunities of the United States somewhere around the end of the 19th century (through the work songs and field hollers of African slaves) in the cotton fields of the Deep South. PIC

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Characterized by a call-and-response pattern and specific chord progressions (most acoustic guitar blues lessons will focus on the 12-bar blues form), in melody, blues is distinguished by the use of the flattened third, fifth and seventh of the associated major scale.


The Basic Patterns Aren’t Complex

Incidentally, most early traditional blues verses were made up of of a single line repeated four times. By the twentieth century, however, the so-called A-A-B pattern made up of a line sung over the four first bars, and repeated over the next four, with a longer concluding line over the last bars (which is the current structure) became standard.

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One of the most influential guitar genres of all time, this is also one of the easiest forms to learn.

Playing lead or rhythm requires only intermediate technique and the concepts specific to it provide the basis for a wide variety of playing styles… from early country traditions to jazz and contemporary music. What’s more, the blues allow for a certain rhythmic liberty making it a very self-expressive style of music.

Relying largely on the guitar more than any other musical instrument, the acoustic guitar (thanks to its portability and its closeness (in tone and volume) to the human voice) is the perfect instrument for playing the blues (only after WW II did the transition from acoustic to electric blues take place thus opening up the art form to a much larger listener base).


The Who’s Who of The Blues

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From Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker to Big Bill Broonzy, Willie Dixon, Eric Clapton and B.B. King (and his guitar “Lucille”), whose virtuoso guitar technique earned him the eponymous title “King of the Blues”.

Thus making him one of the best blues guitarists of our times, he made a huge impact on our music today.

From here, all other forms of music including jazz, rock, metal, and country originated.

We could even go so far as to state that without acoustic blues, there would be no Presley, no Beatles, no Stevie Wonder and no Zeppelin.


Only One Option Left

That being said, the fact remains that there’s nothing quite like hearing some of the best acoustic guitar blues being played. So pick up that guitar and get yourself some acoustic Blues Guitar Instruction. And you will be strumming all time favorites like: Eagles “Hotel California”, and Bill Withers “Ain’t no Sunshine”, and lets not forget Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy” and Coldplay’s “Yellow” in no time at all.

So if this has made sense to you, then you need to start learning how to play this style immediatly. You can get some free lessons with Tim Pierce Guitar.

Or I’ve got a couple guitar teachers I recommend over at the Renowned Teachers Page.author-markus-treble-clef-reviews

Question? If you flat a Major you get a Minor. Using C Major chord what did you flatten and what chord did it become?

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8 thoughts on “Why Blues Guitar Instruction First

  1. Liz

    I would love to learn how to play the guitar! I like the basic patterns that you have. The blues would be my favorite to learn. Thanks for the info!

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    1. Markus Post author

      Hey Liz.the basic pattern of blues music is pretty simple. And as I said it gives you a good foundation to start from.
      Like a lot of other guitarist I also love to play the blues as it can be so expressive. Grab your guitar lets learn some blues!
      When your ready come back and I’ll point you in the right direction.

      Thanks 🙂

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  2. Steve

    Awesome stuff dude. I think EVERY rock muso needs to know the 12 bar blues… I’m a drummer and it was one of the first things i learnt on guitar – it taught me a foundation knowledge of how songs are structured which is essential when communicating with guitarists in the structuring of songs. Look forward to more my friend 🙂

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    1. Markus Post author

      Welcome Steve and thank you. Your right every new guitarist needs to learn this style in the beginning.
      And most guitar teachers will start there. Its easy,fun and can be very creative. Which tends to keep the new student ingaged in the lessons.
      Being a drummer first I’m sure you do know the importance of these foundations. Anyway glad you wanted to be a musician and start playing the guitar 🙂
      Just playing with you Steve, I had to throw out some musician humor. 🙂 Hey glad you stopped by see you soon.

      Thanks 🙂

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  3. Nate

    Hey Markus

    I’m getting more and more into Blues guitar and really loving it. Like you say you only really need an intermediate level and learn a few things and you can play some rhythm and lead blues to a level that sounds pretty good.

    To get to the level of the likes of Muddy Waters, B.B. King and others that you’ve mentioned or going even further back – Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Son House etc – does require a bit more skill and knowledge of the style.

    I totally agree as well that Blues has had such an influence on pretty much every popular style of music today.

    Thanks for sharing this – it’s really filled in some gaps for me.

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    1. Markus Post author

      Nate how the heck are you? Its good to see you back.
      I know what you mean playing the blues is a ton of fun.
      I can remember the band gathering in the garage and playing for hours.
      Thinking of Robert Johnson and Charley Patton, I do believe Acoustic Magazine had some lessons online teaching their styles.

      People that don’t like the blues don’t like to hear that the music they listen to, has been influenced by the blues.
      Nate you come back and see us soon, and keep playing the blues!

      Thanks 🙂

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  4. Calvin

    Hi, Markus.
    It is a great post about blues guitar. Although, I am not a guitarist, I see that your information is so valuable.
    It helps a lot of people who wants to learn how to play guitar. You also give a helpful recommendation about guitar teachers.
    Have a wonderful journey venturing your online business with your website.

    Reply
    1. Markus Post author

      Thank you Calvin for taking a look at playing blues.
      If you found this information helpful please pass it along to someone who could benefit from it.
      I review dozens of guitar teachers lessons and find the best possible.
      Still looking at others and will post them when I think they’re a right fit.

      Thanks 🙂

      Reply

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