“Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons”



“The Only Guitar Course Teaching All Major Styles – Over 750 Minutes of Blues Tuition!”


Jim Bruce shows precisely how anyone can learn to play authentic acoustic blues guitar just like the old masters.

“It’s just not necessary to have to spend a lot of money on effective acoustic blues guitar lessons – my video classes show any guitarist how to play blues guitar while benefiting from all the tips and tricks I’ve used over the last forty years of pro level guitar picking – all the things you need to play blues guitar in the old way is a heart-beat away – you can learn blues guitar now.

(Jim was voted N°2 Top Internet Guitar Instructor by Truefire.com users 2013)

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  • Big Bill Broonzy
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  • Dropped D and All That Jazz
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Where Did The Blues Come From? – The Mississippi Roots


The roots of theGndy Dancers Adjusting Railroad Tracks, Texas Gulf Sulphur Company blues stretches right back to the end of slavery and beyond, when workers would ease their sorrows and work load by singing the so-called ‘field holler’, which was a very rhythmic song without music that followed a call and response form. The idea was that the cadence of the lyrics would coincide with the tempo of the work and make team work more effective.

Gandy Dancers was the name given to teams of men who’s job it was to  put rails back into place for the many local railroads from the Mississippi Delta right up to Chicago. One man might lead the singing, and the rest joining in on the chorus. At the end of a line of verse, or chorus, the whole team would push on the end of a long steel lever and the rail would move over an inch or two.

For many years, slaves were simply not allowed to own or even touch a musical instrument such as a guitar or a drum. Apart from spending 12 to 14 hours a day doing gut-busting hard work, the masters simply didn’t want their workers to engage in any activity that raised their spirits and fostered thoughts of freedom. This is why drums in particular were banned. Drums were a powerful feature of African life and played a big role in maintaining the social fabric. However, it seems that some slave owners did allow some musicians to play at their private parties and no doubt the natural interest in music just can’t be stifled like that.

After the end of slavery, the negro was in general extremely poor and couldn’t afford to buy guitars or fiddles, so they made their own. Lightnin’ Hopkins recalls making a one string fiddle with a broom handle, cigar box and length of wire pulled from the screen door! Most of these rudimentary guitars and fiddles had between one and four strings, and must have been incredibly hard to tune and keep in tune. Obviously, they wouldn’t have frets and there wasn’t a lot of finesse about the blues music that emanated from these home made efforts. Often they were played with a bow or a bottleneck. Bottleneck or slide (sometimes they were fretted with a knife) Delta blues guitar is perhaps the sound we most think of when thinking of those times in the Southern States in general and the Delta in particular.

Stella Harmony Blues Guitar
Stella Guitar

A huge event in the history of blues guitar was purely commercial, as it often is. The Sears company began a sales project that would become a modern phenomenon by offering sales of products at a distance using catalogs that were distributed far and wide across the United States. For many people living out in the country areas, it was  Godsend as they could buy things without trekking 100 miles to the nearest big store.

The range of things to buy was indeed broad, and growing monthly it seemed. One of the items on sale a basic steel strung Stella Harmony Guitar, which was priced at just one dollar. Elizabeth Cotton bought here first guitar by saving for many weeks from her earning as a maid and the rest, as they say, is history. It’s part of folk legend that she didn’t realize it was for right handed players, and so she played it upside down as a leftie, having no access to anyone able to give here guitar lessons! (Stella Image Src: Wiki Commons )

It isn’t known how many budding blues men and women were created because of the availability of mass produced cheap instruments like the Stella, but it was probably a deciding factor in how the blues evolved in those early days. It’s also probable that a guitarist ‘chanced his arm’ by buying what he could afford and hoping that the guitar that arrived played well! The specifications for such mass produced instruments must have allowed for a lot leeway in tolerances, for example. If you bought a bad one, you didn’t complain but just learn how to play it, simple as that. A legend like Muddy Waters was quite scornful about guitar quality ‘Just give me any guitar and I’ll make you cry’, he was reported to have said.


The following article was taken from Britannica.com and gives a basic history of Delta Blues:


The Mississippi Delta style of blues—or, simply, Delta blues—emphasized solo performances by singers accompanying themselves on guitar and relying on a host of distinctive techniques, such as the sliding of a bottleneck or metal object (such as a knife) along the fingerboard to bend notes, the use of melodic phrases on the guitar to respond to the voice in an improvised call-and-response pattern, and a reliance on vamps (repeated chord progressions that precede the entrance of the voice) and melodic and rhythmic figures that often deviated from the typical chord progressions and formal 12-bar (measure) structure found in most blues performances.

Son House - Delta Blues Guitar PlayerAbove all, Delta blues music was marked by a particular intensity of vision that was both projected through the lyrics of the songs and underscored by the players’ often aggressive attack on the guitar strings. Song topics encompassed familiar laments of failed romance, stories of sexual escapades (often described in double-entendre references), and tales of rambling and life on the road, as well as apocalyptic musings on salvation and damnation.Performance venues were often informal and happenstance. W.C. Handy, composer of the classic “”St. Louis Blues”” (1914), recalled an early encounter with blues music about 1903 at a train station in Tutwiler, Mississippi, where he heard a man dressed in rags singing while playing the guitar with a knife.

Performances also took place at juke joints (informal roadside taverns for drinking and dancing) on plantations and street corners. Folk music scholars John and Alan Lomax, meanwhile, documented Delta blues music in field recordings made at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, colloquially known as “Parchman Farm,” in Sunflower county, Mississippi.Scattered accounts by travelers and researchers indicate the prevalence of blues music in the Delta region since at least the turn of the 20th century, although no commercial recordings were made until the late 1920s. Associated primarily with male singer-guitarists, the Delta sound stood in marked contrast to earlier recordings of the “classic” blues singers, such as Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey, which had emphasized female vocalists working with small combo accompaniment.

The Paramount record label enjoyed great success with the Delta blues recordings of Charley Patton, who had been a farmworker on Dockery Farms cotton plantation in Sunflower county, especially his “”Pony Blues,”” which was released in 1929. The following year, Paramount made a series of recordings by Eddie (“Son”) House, whose music failed to find a large audience at the time but exerted a powerful influence on later blues performers, notably Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. Tommy Johnson, who recorded for both the Victor and Paramount labels, also contributed to the Delta legacy with his widely emulated guitar style; his “”Big Road Blues”” (1928) inspired the Mississippi Sheiks’ “”Stop and Listen Blues”” (1930) as well as the 1968 rock hit “”On the Road Again”” by the band Canned Heat.

Check out the Youtube videos below featuring 4 major Delta blues men:

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  • Muddy Waters - Got My Mojo Workin'
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  • Skip James - Devil Got My Woman
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  • Robert Johnson - Terraplane Blues
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The recording of blues music was sharply curtailed during the Great Depression, yet a few traditional blues musicians from Mississippi continued to find opportunities to record. Skip James developed a deeply personal blues style on guitar—often using an unconventional tuning—as well as on piano. Although his 1931 recordings for Paramount sold poorly at the time, songs such as “”Hard Time Killing Floor Blues,”” “”Devil Got My Woman,”” and “”I’m So Glad”” later gained recognition as blues classics; the latter song was featured on a 1966 hit album by the rock-music trio Cream. Booker (“Bukka”) White, another prominent Mississippi guitarist, enjoyed commercial success with his 1937 recording “”Shake ’Em on Down,”” and in 1940 he recorded an especially influential group of songs, including “”Parchman Farm Blues”” and “”District Attorney Blues,”” both of which addressed issues of social justice that were typically avoided in traditional blues music.

Robert Johnson, born in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, in 1911, was the most important Delta musician of the era, although his recorded legacy is limited to 29 songs—the output of sessions held in Dallas and San Antonio, Texas, during the last few years of his life. Drawing on the work of earlier Mississippi blues artists, notably Son House and Skip James, as well as on techniques learned from various recordings, Johnson crafted a polished, fluid guitar style that was widely emulated by later blues and rock musicians.

Only his “”Terraplane Blues”” sold well during his lifetime, but in later decades, many musicians recorded Johnson’s other compositions, such as “”Sweet Home Chicago,”” “”Love in Vain,”” “”I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom,”” and “”Come On in My Kitchen.”” Robert Johnson, The Complete Recordings, released by Columbia in 1990, became a surprise crossover hit, ultimately selling more than a million copies and earning a Grammy Award for best historical album.

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Characteristics Of The Delta Blues Guitar Playing Style.


The drum was an important part of the African slave heritage. That and the strong rhythm were the foundations of this new music. The guitar was the perfect instrument,  as it was light and easily carried anywhere for parties or gigs, and was becoming at the same time cheaper buy also better quality. Fingerpicking appeared very early on and there is evidence that this style of playing stringed instruments existed in Africa for a long time before. However the new acoustic blues rhythm wasn’t as complicated and leaned heavily on simple verse structures. The thumb very often played in the monotonic bass style, where one or more bass string was plucked with the picking thumb and then damped heavily with the palm of the hand.

The sound was more of a ‘thud’ or ‘thrum’ than a musical note and it probably replaced the drum within this musical form. At the same time, the fingers played a separate melody on the treble strings. It could be very basic or quite complex, à la Skip James. Other blues men, like Son house, only had one basic style of playing and only in one tuning, open G. Listen to Death Letter Blues video from Youtube below:




By far the biggest component of the classic blues is the emotional feel of the music. When Son House is playing his National Steel Guitar in that wild thrashing style, he closes hi eyes while singing and he has simply gone to another place! You can’t fake it, or try to sound ‘bluesy’, it’s either in your soul or it’s not. Incidentally, Son House was so nervous after being re-discovered in the 60s, after 30 years of obscurity, on his first gig he had to play facing a corner while on stage – he couldn’t face the audience! Incredible for such a genius.

The monotonic style of playing wasn’t limited to the Southern States by any means. Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mance Lipscombe perfected the style and in particular Big Bill Broonzy in Chicago (who was also from the South by the way) adapted the technique to produce an exciting swing style fingerpicking style which is incredibly difficult to copy.

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Street Singer Teaches Blues Guitar To Over 6000 Students A Year

Guitar students from all corners of the globe learn the music of the American deep South from an Englishman born in Sheffield, UK.

acoustic-blues-guitar-lessons-jim-bruce-Blues Guitar Lessons Birmingham Al 35203— Jim Bruce – a skilled and exceptionally creative guitar singer born and bred in the UK, is excited to announce the launch, release and availability of his comprehensive learning guide that is dedicated towards helping everyone out there who wants to study acoustic blues guitar in the old style.

Dubbed as ‘Real Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons – From Texas to the Delta,’ – this innovative acoustic blues guitar course (over 750 minutes of instruction) teaches how to play exactly like the legendary blues men.

With many years of broad experience as a blues guitar singer, nothing but the very best is expected of Jim. Suffice it to say that very few players have perfected finger picking blues guitar like Jim Bruce.

Renowned as an expert guitar player who is additionally a gifted teacher, Bruce said; “My journey from being a street blues guitar singer to becoming a top internet guitar instructor has brought everything I know about playing the blues into focus.”

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Back in the old days, Jim used to play guitar on the streets for a living. He only started making waves on the internet in 2010, when he began creating guitar lessons for download and streaming online.

It is noteworthy to mention that he was voted ‘Top Acoustic Blues Guitar Instructor 2013’ by users of Truefire.com, a major teaching web site which promotes lessons from greats such as Tommy Emmanuel and Frank Vignola. This was a great achievement considering the standard of the competition which was attracted from around the globe.

Speaking about his course, Jim continued; “I give students exactly what they need to be able to play great acoustic blues guitar in the old style. I don’t think you should have to pay a lot of money to get the best acoustic blues guitar lessons – these video lessons show anyone how to apply everything learned over the past 40 years by a working blues man – everything you need learn to play old style blues guitar is here.”

Normal Knodel, a ‘working blues man’ said; “I’ve been an acoustic blues hound for well over 40 years…take it from me: Jim Bruce’s studies of the old masters have been so diligent and his transcriptions, with all their nuances, are so accurately rendered that the man should be awarded a PHD in Musicology! …plus, he’s just such a down to earth, nice guy. To quote the man: “Keep it real”…..What a resource!! Thanks Jim.”

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Review of Jim Bruce’s Ragtime and Blues Guitar Picking Course

Learn to Play Finger Style Acoustic Blues Guitar

Something great has happened for anybody wanting to learn how to play acoustic blues guitar. It’s called Jim Bruce Ragtime and Blues Guitar Picking Course – From Texas to the Delta. Now there’s a mouthful! So what is it?

Well, pretty much as the title says, it’s a guitar course for learning how to play ragtime and blues finger style acoustic guitar. Before I go on, let me just say this isn’t something for the absolute
beginner guitarist. If you aren’t yet comfortable or reasonably fluent in playing common chords, then you probably aren’t ready for this just yet, unless you are hyper determined!

About the Course

The course is quite straightforward. It jumps straight in and shows you how to play a collection of 40 blues songs from blues guitarists such as Blind Blake, Robert Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy to name but a few. Each of the songs are shown on video (wmv format), first at normal speed and then broken down into small sections, played slowly. The video also uses split screen for showing the left and right hands independently and displaying on screen Tabs and chord diagrams. All of the songs also come with a printable pdf file with the full guitar Tab.Blind-Blake-ragtime guitar Blues Guitar Lessons Birmingham Al 35203

Although Jim offers a few tips in the videos, you are expected to know certain things like how to read guitar tab and are already familiar with the basic chords. Although this is called a guitar course, just be aware that it isn’t a course in the traditional sense; it’s more of a jump straight in approach. I personally think this is a good thing because most guitar courses waste half of the time telling you things you should already know.

With that in mind, you aren’t going to be given any baby steps in fingerpicking exercises that lead you progressively into more advanced techniques, you’re just going to go ahead and learn how to play the songs in any order you like. Ordinarily, I may think this kind of teaching is too fast, however, with fingerpicking the blues I think the hands on approach is better. It’s exactly how all the old time blues players learned after all.

Once you have spent the time to learn one song, the right hand adapts very quickly. You’ll find it gets much easier the more you do. This is why I think the traditional route of building your technique slowly through a series of boring exercises is not necessary for this style of guitar. The songs themselves are the exercises. You get to kill two birds with one stone and have a lot of fun in the meantime.

Is Ragtime Blues Difficult to Play

If you have never played any kind of ragtime / blues fingerstyle guitar before then you might be thinking it sounds too difficult. There is a lot going on in this style and you might think it’s only for the super advanced guitarist. Don’t let that fool you. There’s something about the sound of acoustic blues guitar that is very deceiving. Most of these songs aren’t as complicated as they sound when you break them down, most of them are well within the capabilities of the average intermediate guitarist who has been playing for maybe six months to a year. If you want to impress your friends (and yourself), this is the stuff to learn!

Full Money Back Guarantee

You don’t have anything to lose. Jim’s course is available for instant download and if you aren’t satisfied then you have the advantage of a 60 day full money back guarantee with no questions asked. At the moment the price is $59 which is a bargain when you think the average guitar DVD tutorial will come with around four to six songs for you to learn at around $30. Jim’s blues guitar course gives you 40 songs, which equates to about 4x the teaching for less than twice the price of a typical guitar DVD.

This course is a breath of fresh air when compared to most of the guitar teaching material that you find on the Internet. You know the stuff, promises of secrets and miracle systems that are nothing more than a downloadable e-book – containing the same information you find in any typical teach yourself guitar book available in print, but four times the price!

Jim’s Finger Picking Guitar Course is nothing like any of that nonsense. It’s as real as it gets, packed with hours of videos that teach you exactly what you need to know and how to do it. That’s it. As far as value is concerned, Jim’s course gives you everything you pay for and more.

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Blues Music The Origins Of Rock-and-roll

Music has always shown the sensations of the typical individuals and their times,whatever duration they lived in. In the present day, the issues we experience are reallydifferent from those suffered by the descendents of the Negro slavesin the Mississippi Delta, for instance. It‘s typically recognizedthat the Delta was the melting pot that created the initialblues music, spawning such blues guys as Child Home, Leadbelly and the famous Robert Johnson.

Even before guitars were commonly used tocreate basic tunes, workersin the Deep South would sing field cries, a kind of tune without music that used a strong rhythm to assist the associated work, which was frequently very repetitive, such as digging, slicing or cutting . Old films of Gandy Dancers exist that show this completely. Gandy Dancers were employees who movedalong the railway aligning the rails utilizing long steelcrow bars. A team of guys would all push at the very same time to optimize their force and the song supplied the precise timing for this sort ofwork.

A common blues tune followed the 12 or 8bar format, very often in the key of Eor A, another kind of the blues appeared that expressed thespiritual elements of individuals‘s lives, and the Spiritual style of roots music was born. Generally, such a tune took the form of call and repsonse, where the singer wouldeither be responded to by other vocalists, or by his guitarin later years. The roadway to contemporary blues music ispaved with numerous different designsfrom different guiarists from almost every statein America.

The acousticsound of a wood guitar was becoming overcome by the other instruments, so the all metal construction of the National Steel type of guitar was favored. Specific blues artists such as Big Expense Broonzy were extremely active in developing anew exciting method of playing, beginners like Muddy Waters quickly saw the bigpossibilities in playing a more magnified sound, with the additional tone results that electronicsbrought to the overall sound.

It might be stated that this was the time that rock-and-roll was born, when the brand-new blues men adjusted the oldstyle conventional music that had it‘s roots in theAfrican tradition and generated a new amazing sound that still contained all thepower of the conventional music.

The Simple Blues In The Key Of E The Themajority of Powerful Noise There Is

I too, was guilty of this, and it was my habit to play interesting complicated ragtimeblues pieces, typically while I talked at the verysame time! To my method of thinking, I thought about a songwith simply 3 chords, like a lot of blues tuneshave, was just to simple for me and didn’t trouble with them.

I had been unfortunatelymistaken in thinking that the old blues music was too simplified. It set me off on a Youtube search for the old roots bluesmusic, with it‘s associated African impacts. Of course, I likewisefound other individuals that played the ragtime blues variety, which still satisfied my requirement for intricacy ought to I ever require it!

One specific time, I came across a video including Lightnin Hopkins, the well-known Texas guitar player. It was called The Blues According To Lightnin Hopkins and about half way through he was sat on a couch in his home carefully playing a tune inE. Although he only played a couple of notes, the sound sentout a tingle up my spinal column and I was determined to find out these powerful finger selecting strategies. Obviously, the only way todo this nowadays is by paying attention to the old so-called race recordsagain and once again, studying the notes and thinkingwhich string was being plucked.

It was obvious that the thumb was enormously important to the fingerstyle methods of these people. Usually, it keeps the speed and isoften heavily damped with the picking hand palm, so that it sounds more like a thud than a musical note. It canalso alternate and make the music more like ragtime, called the Piedmont design. Other times, the thumb moves over to the treble strings to assist produce single string musical runs and increase syncopation. This lattertechnique is totally opposite to the classicalway of teaching guitar, where the thumb stays with the basses and one, 2 or more fingers select the treble strings.

What Are The Various Types Of Blues Guitar Music?

Historians believe that the first music that could rightly be called blues appeared in the Mississippi Delta in the Deep South ofAmerica in the late 1890s. African servants would sing or shout so-calledfield screams, which were frequently inthe call and response format and these songs assistedthe work flow. This type of song was closely connected to spirituals sang in the Churches at that time and were rarely accompanied by any type of instrument.

The initial guitars and fiddles were homemade and not extremely high quality. This fact, and thehumid weather condition conditions were major aspects in the development of traffic jamblues, where the guitar was may be tuned down to open G or D. This kind of song was often really basic, with just four lines of verse and no chorus. Extremely typically, the first three lines ofthe verse were identical, and the fourth generateda little variation.

In typical guitar tuning, aparticular fingerpicking design developed calledmonotonic bass and was common throughout all regions. The string wasdamped or silenced heavily simply after sounding, so that itbecame more of a thwack than a musical note.

In the early part of the century piano musicbecame popular but was obviously restricted as pianos are much more costly thanguitars. Some guitar players understood that thiscould be simulated using the thumb alternating between the bass strings of a guitar and ragtime blues or Piedmont style wasborn.

The very finest guitar players took both of these styles and combined them, developing some really interesting music. Such players would rotate their thumb across the basses, however might change to monotonic bass when needed to produce the desired musical result. Many took the design even further and usedthe thumb to pick any string at all. The thumb is reallyking when it concerns fingerpicking the blues, whatever design is played.

It‘s normally acknowledged that the Delta was the cruciblethat formed the original blues music, generating such blues males as Kid House, Leadbelly and the famousRobert Johnson.

A typical blues song adhered to the 12 or 8 bar structure, very typically in the key of Eor A, another form of the blues appeared that revealed the spiritual aspects of people‘s lives, and theSpiritual style of roots music was given birth. The roadway to contemporary blues music is paved with many various designs from different guiarists from practically every state in America.

It set me off on a Youtube search for the old roots bluesmusic, with it‘s connected African impacts.Historians think that the first music that might rightly be called blues appeared in the MississippiDelta in the Deep South of America in the late 1890s.