Free Blues Guitar Lessons

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Free blues guitar lessons – there’s a massive trend on the internet for free acoustic blues guitar lessons on video, and generally this is great for the consumer (mostly), but of course the playing field is never level and in this life the best quality you can get is generally paid for!

In my mind, free blues guitar lessons are always good, as long as you take care to make sure that the instruction you are getting is the right thing for you. Just taking about acoustic blues (because that’s my speciality), the focus has to be on authenticity, but what does that mean? Well, there are two ways to play the blues, even if we agree that it really must come from the soul and express what you are feeling. Apart from that, there are differences, sometimes subtle, in the playing styles of performing real blues guitar and just sounding ‘bluesy’.

View some of my Free Blues Guitar Lessons on Youtube Below:

  • Big Bill Broonzy
    • Big Bill Broonzy

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  • That'll Never Happen No More - Blind Blake
    • That'll Never Happen No More - Blind Blake

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  • That'll Never Happen - Lesson
    • That'll Never Happen - Lesson

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  • Too Tight Rag - Blind Blake
    • Too Tight Rag - Blind Blake

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What do I mean by ‘sounding bluesy’? One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to go to a general guitarist who is a jack of all trades and ask him to teach you the blues. Of course, he might know the pentatonic scale and the theory of the blues, but he might not have lived it – this is key, if you want to sound great. A few blues licks doesn’t make a blues man, so to speak, and the right chords in the right progression may or may not get you the sound you want.

My first exposure to the blues was in a small folk club in the UK back in the 70s. A guy was playing a slow shuffle in E and it was the most boring thing you could imagine. Why? Because every verse was exactly the same as the one before. There were simply no variations at all, and the experience was instrumental in me turning away from the genre for many years, focusing more on ragtime styles.

 

  • Deep River Blues Guitar Lessons - Doc Watson
    • Deep River Blues Guitar Lessons - Doc Watson

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  • How To Play Candy Man - Gary Davis
    • How To Play Candy Man - Gary Davis

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  • Acoustic Blues In E Tips
    • Acoustic Blues In E Tips

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  • Me and The Devil - Robert Johnson
    • Me and The Devil - Robert Johnson

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To play something in an authentic way is to try and get under the skin of the blues guitarist you are trying to copy, for that’s what it amounts to in the early stages – you have to try and copy exactly what he was doing with his fingers, and then work backwards into the feeling he was trying to get over.

There hundreds of different ways of playing a certain finger-picking style and many ways to change the chords of even a simple progression in any key, and it’s only by taking apart the master’s picking technique that you’ll get to the bottom of it. It’s vital that you take this on board – it isn’t a 3000 dollar guitar that’s going to make you play great, it isn’t the strings or the fastest riffs on the planet, it isn’t complex picking patterns or anything else like that. The best free blues guitar lessons give you that special ‘something’ to take your blues to the next level.

Does it sound real? That’s the question to ask. Close your eyes and listen – could it be someone playing in the old days? Remember – the biggest feeling is the feeling and you have to be telling the truth, that’s the difference? First you have to learn exactly how the old guys played, then perfect it until it’s ingrained in your ind and soul, and then you’ve got to make it yours and play honestly.