On one of the forum, related to acoustic guitar I recently found an interesting thread. It was about materials for learning to play acoustic guitar blues.
There is some helpful videos on this subject for free on youtube. Although If you want to move your knowledge and skills to higher level, for sure you need better structured materials.
What books or courses are worth to check? What can help you to understand the theory that lies behind the blues improvisations?
Below the top three tutorials recommended by the members of this forum:
Adam Traum shows how you can develop a powerful blues style utilizing the special qualities you get from a pick. Adam starts you off witha basic shuffle rhythm in E, gradually introducing bass runs, chord shapes,string bends, turnarounds and other elements. You’ll learn fretboard skills in the keys of E and A, as well as important pick techniques such as palm muting, raking and pick-and-two-finger hybrid picking. Adam even provides play-along sections that will improve your technique and give you great practice sessions. Early-intermediate pick players will find this lesson detailed, fun and a wonderful learning experience.
Instruction is presented clearly. Easy going teaching style is like sitting down with a friend and learning a part by part piece and then putting it all together
In this DVD/book/CD set Brad Davis teaches you how to add the blues to your flatpicking repertoire and how to introduce the blues feel to the flatpicking tunes you already know. You will learn the scales, rhythm styles, and chord progressions which define the blues, standard blues licks and phrases, and blues styles of players like Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. On the DVD Brad demonstrates how to play several different arrangements of 12-bar blues rhythm and then shows you how to utilize the blues scales to improvise over the chord progression. This is done in a step-by-step easy to follow method through a variety of written examples in the book and opportunities for you to practice with the practice tracks on the audio CD. The audio CD also contains ear training lessons in the context of the blues! The goal of this book/DVD/CD set is not only to show you the elements of the blues, but to teach you how to be an improvisational player in the context of the blues so that you can jump into any blues jam and hold your own.
This package could be used by a begineer (it actually has home work style exrecises). Learners are only required to like the blues and want to learn guitar to enjoy demonstrations of techniques using variations on the twelve-bar blues progression.
If you want to play acoustic blues this is it!
Traum breaks down the all-important steady thumb blues style into modules. This method for building solid guitar technique includes shuffle and boogie-woogie bass lines, blues scales, playing solos up the neck, variations on blues chord progressions, and many more.
Happy shows that the blues variations are just endless…..and blues is not all “blue” or depressing music, but rather can be quite uplifting.
If you are a beginner in acoustic blues and want to go to an intermediate level this is the right DVD.
It introduces the finger picking style and takes you up to be a fairly accomplished blues finger picker player.
This is a very easy to follow instruction and sitting down to play while watching the DVD is like sitting down with an old friend showing you how to do what he is doing.
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