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Help with the blues.

#1 User is offline   Grimsinger 

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 03:24 PM

Hey guys, I'm rather new here, but this is the first place I though to go to for help. I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction to start learning to play the blues. Being a student without a car, not to mention trapped in a historic district, its hard for me to find someone to get lessons from. I have a lot of passion for this style of music, but I kinda feel like I'm starting late, being halfway through college and all. I hope you guys can help me out even a little, I've wasted enough time as it is. Thanks a ton in advance.

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 02:15 AM

Welcome to the forums

Blues is a big subject....

Do you have knowledge of basic chords....major,minor,7th etc?

And scales, major,minor, pentatonic, blues?

All available on the internet

Then listen to and choose personal favourite styles and artists to emulate

Enjoy.....

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:41 AM

View PostVersatile, on 09 September 2011 - 02:15 AM, said:

Welcome to the forums

Blues is a big subject....

Do you have knowledge of basic chords....major,minor,7th etc?

And scales, major,minor, pentatonic, blues?

All available on the internet

Then listen to and choose personal favourite styles and artists to emulate

Enjoy.....

V

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Thanks for the reply. I guess what I was asking was where to start. I know a fair bit of chords, so I guess just start in on scales?

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 09:02 AM

Have fun in the Robert Johnson style....

4 bars A7...2 bars D7...2 bars A7
1 bar E7...1 bar D7...1 bar A7...1 bar E7

Play 'A' blues scale over....A,C,D,Eb,E,G

Play shuffle rhythms based on the above chords.....

V

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Fiddling at the Pearly Gates
or somewhere
Lower and Warmer....

I like kayaking....it really floats my boat....

I dig most stuff....

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 09:44 AM

I think Justin's blues section is ok i guess. So you might give it a try http://justinguitar....L-000-Blues.php

Have fun with it anyway, i'm sure you will learn something from it.
Bob

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 12:44 PM

Do you like acoustic blues or electric? What are your favorite records?

One of the most important things about being a blues player, is being a fan and experienced in listening to the blues. (true in any genre I should think). If you tell us what artist you listen to or like, we could make more recommendations on what else you might like.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:33 PM

View Poststein, on 10 September 2011 - 12:44 PM, said:

Do you like acoustic blues or electric? What are your favorite records?

One of the most important things about being a blues player, is being a fan and experienced in listening to the blues. (true in any genre I should think). If you tell us what artist you listen to or like, we could make more recommendations on what else you might like.



Well by big inspirations are Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Howlin' Wolf. As well as the likes of ZZ Top and Keith Richards, Robert Johnson, and B.B. King. As for electric or acoustic, I favor electric, mostly because I'm far more comfortable using an electric guitar.

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 08:28 AM

And when you get better, or not, learn how to use a slide with open tuning.
Amazing open and ringing sounds occur. Lovely. Acoustic or electric.
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Posted 13 September 2011 - 02:38 AM

View PostGrimsinger, on 08 September 2011 - 03:24 PM, said:

Hey guys, I'm rather new here, but this is the first place I though to go to for help. I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction to start learning to play the blues. Being a student without a car, not to mention trapped in a historic district, its hard for me to find someone to get lessons from. I have a lot of passion for this style of music, but I kinda feel like I'm starting late, being halfway through college and all. I hope you guys can help me out even a little, I've wasted enough time as it is. Thanks a ton in advance.


as a self-taught who has spent 20 years teaching himself, I strongly suggest that you enroll in a rock or blues guitar course in a music college. It's MUCH more cost-effective than seeing a private teacher , and you will learn MUCH faster than on your own. Trust me, I've been there. I am a good player but I invested 5 times more time and effort teaching myself than I would have invested had I learned in a music college.

Yeah, you might think 'what? Blues and studying don't mesh well togheter'. Well, that's a false belief. Yes the blues greats didn't learn in a school, but what worked for them doesn't mean it works for other people, unless, again, you want to spend a lot more time doing something that would cost a lot less time. Don't waste it, it's worth more than money

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 07:59 AM

Hey try out lolling for some real cool pentatonic scales to improve your blues

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 11:13 AM

View Postamplifiercity, on 13 September 2011 - 02:38 AM, said:

as a self-taught who has spent 20 years teaching himself, I strongly suggest that you enroll in a rock or blues guitar course in a music college. It's MUCH more cost-effective than seeing a private teacher , and you will learn MUCH faster than on your own. Trust me, I've been there. I am a good player but I invested 5 times more time and effort teaching myself than I would have invested had I learned in a music college.

Yeah, you might think 'what? Blues and studying don't mesh well togheter'. Well, that's a false belief. Yes the blues greats didn't learn in a school, but what worked for them doesn't mean it works for other people, unless, again, you want to spend a lot more time doing something that would cost a lot less time. Don't waste it, it's worth more than money



I'd love to, I wish I had made the decision to go to major in music instead of go to an art school, but at this point i might as well finish my degree. After, provided I have the spare cash (doubtful) I play on doing just that.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 01:30 AM

it's up to you.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 04:15 PM

I was in the same boat as you, but didn't have the time/money for lessons (2 new kids, work, etc). Anyway, I listened to as many real players as I could, and after a while, even-- I --got proficient at it. Listen to the big names. Freddy King (the best in my opinion-- watch him on youtube), Albert King, BB King, Mike Bloomfield, Stevie R Vaughn, Jimmi Hendrix Blues album (80% Albert King licks). Elmore James and some of the older folk are good to study, like Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf. If you listen to them, and play along for a while, you will get there. They are the foundation. Of course there are many, many others, but I thought these were the basic influences. Learn to play in the first, third and fifth position. Buy the Guitar Handbook and find out what scales are about.

Some of the older folk like Robert Johnson and Charlie Patton, Blind Willie McTell, Blind Lemon Jeffferson, and others were great in their time, but the music is very thin, and not real relevant to the way we play today. Of course that's my $.02., and I am sure not everyone will agree. Sorry to repeat some info from the excellent posts above.

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 07:56 PM

I'm interested in the blues to , I went online typed in blues music lessons & it gave me all kinds of free sites for lessons.

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 08:28 AM

Maybe you ll find over here some informations...

http://www.nextlevel...Blues_Ebook.pdf
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Posted 01 December 2011 - 08:14 AM

You gotta pay your dues...

Seriously though, I believe you have to go to Mississippi at midnight or you could try the 12-bar blues shuffle.
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Posted 01 December 2011 - 10:15 AM

Little Red Rooster

Here's a 12-bar blues in 'A' from an earlier post

Shuffles on A, D and E.....

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I dig most stuff....

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 05:51 AM

In G.I. Blues, after I imform The King about the NCR Supply Drops, I'm told to go somewhere. In this area I go to, NCR and Pacer are fighting. The Fallout New Vegas Wiki tells me to talk to Elizibeth, but if I walk over to her, she and the NCR shoot me...

Any help?

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 03:08 PM

Check out John McCarthy's House of Blues course. Lesson book and 4 CD's. It's featured right here on this Gibson site with a free lesson by John:

http://www.gibson.co...%20Guitar%20Le/

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 10:49 AM

View PostDr. D, on 02 December 2011 - 03:08 PM, said:

Check out John McCarthy's House of Blues course. Lesson book and 4 CD's. It's featured right here on this Gibson site with a free lesson by John:

http://www.gibson.co...%20Guitar%20Le/


I have John's Rock The House 3 disc blues set. I really like it.
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