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Old 03-15-2013, 04:11 AM   #1
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Question So, blues guitar... Where should I start?

I've been playing metal ever since I picked up my guitar, and well I've decided that I shouldn't confine myself to one genre, so I've decided to take up blues guitar. I must confess that it's like a new language to me and I really don't know where to start. I'm starting off with acoustic fingerstyle-kind-of blues. So please, can anyone give me advice on this? good artists I should know, songs I should play, your help is appreciated.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:12 AM   #2
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I'm sort of the opposite -- started out playing blues/blues rock and gradually moved into metal, since I'd been listening to metal all along anyway. You obviously enjoy the blues, so I'd recommend starting to emulate some of your favorite artists.

I was always on more of the blues-rock side of things, so I started by learning Zeppelin songs, Cream/Clapton, Hendrix, etc. B.B. King came to my hometown once and I learned a lot about blues from that performance. Namely, it's not about the technicality of the playing at all, like it is in some other genres like metal. I'll never forget his playing; it was one of the finest, most professional acts I've ever witnessed.

If I could recommend one technique that is CRUCIAL to blues playing, it would be vibrato. The scales and phrasing used will come in a fairly short time. But vibrato is what separates an excellent blues player from a cliche blues player.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:57 AM   #3
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I've been playing metal ever since I picked up my guitar, and well I've decided that I shouldn't confine myself to one genre, so I've decided to take up blues guitar. I must confess that it's like a new language to me and I really don't know where to start. I'm starting off with acoustic fingerstyle-kind-of blues. So please, can anyone give me advice on this? good artists I should know, songs I should play, your help is appreciated.



Hey fella. I opt for many styles usually, but blues has been my latest interest and I'm finding it quite easy to start with 12 barre in E and just playing around and finding new notes as I go.

I've picked up a nice sound quite quickly that way and it's SO simple once you get the hang of it.


I started with these vids from youtube and if you haven't seen Marty yet, he's quite a good teacher:






Hope that gives you a coupla ideas to start with.

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Old 03-15-2013, 09:07 AM   #4
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Dude, blues is great and pretty easy to pick up. Just study up on some pentatonic modes. Here's a list I put together for myself of "blues guitar scales". It's got 'em all in one place. Hope it helps!

http://www.guitarchalk.com/2013/01/...aster-list.html
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:43 PM   #5
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Some more advanced Blues

http://www.jazzguitar.be/jazz_blues...ogressions.html

Basic Blues
F7
Bb7 F7
C7 Bb7 F7
1930s evolution
F7 Bb7 F7
Bb7 F7
G7 C7 F7 C7
Count Basie Blues Changes
F7 Bb7 Bdim F7 Cm7 F7
Bb7 Bdim F7 D7
Gm7 C7 F7
Bebop Changes
F7 Bb7 F7 Cm7 F7
Bb7 Bdim F7 Am7 D7
Gm7 C7 Am7 D7 Gm7 C7
Tritone Substitution
F7 Bb7 F7 Cm7 F7
Bb7 Bm7 E7 F7 E7 Eb7 D7
Gm7 C7 Bb7 Am7 D7 Gm7 C7
Charlie Parker Blues
Fmaj7 Em7b5 A7b9 Dm7 Db7 Cm7 F7
Bb7 Bbm7 Eb7 Am7 D7 Abm7 Db7
Gm7 C7 F D7 Gm7 C7
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:45 PM   #6
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:47 PM   #7
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Some more advanced concepts that can be imposed over many musical situations, especially dominant Blues.

http://www.jazzguitar.be/never_ending_guitar_lick.html
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:50 PM   #8
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Charlie Christian Blues in B (more of a dominant 7th Feel)

http://www.guitaralliance.com/guita...rlie_christian/
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:08 AM   #10
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Knowing the Swing feeling is pretty important (imho) when playing blues, so I will post this video.

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Old 03-16-2013, 12:13 AM   #11
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A6, A6, A6, A6, D9, D9, A6, A6, E7, D9, A6, E7,

A6 - 5x465x

D9 - x5455x

E7 - X7675x

12 Bar Blues with a Jazzy feel.
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:12 PM   #12
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I've been playing metal ever since I picked up my guitar, and well I've decided that I shouldn't confine myself to one genre, so I've decided to take up blues guitar. I must confess that it's like a new language to me and I really don't know where to start. I'm starting off with acoustic fingerstyle-kind-of blues. So please, can anyone give me advice on this? good artists I should know, songs I should play, your help is appreciated.


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Old 03-16-2013, 06:17 PM   #13
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A6, A6, A6, A6, D9, D9, A6, A6, E7, D9, A6, E7,

A6 - 5x465x

D9 - x5455x

E7 - X7675x

12 Bar Blues with a Jazzy feel.


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Old 03-16-2013, 11:25 PM   #14
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Is this dude a bot?



I am just giving some resources that helped me with the blues; sorry if you don't like the content.
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:30 AM   #15
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I am just giving some resources that helped me with the blues; sorry if you don't like the content.
You might consider using the edit button instead of the whole slightly crazed "serial poster thing".
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Old 03-17-2013, 05:33 AM   #16
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I am just giving some resources that helped me with the blues; sorry if you don't like the content.


Well it doesn't make much sense.

You expect a new guitarist to know what you're going on about by throwing every 7 chord at them? You've got to explain it. Plus you just wrote them down, how is he/she supposed to know what that even is?

I honestly thought you were a bot because you posted like a bot.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:06 PM   #17
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Well, I figured they would know the basic chords if they were into metal, (though I know very little about metal) but maybe I was being ignorant; here is a website to help you find different chord voices.

http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:31 PM   #18
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here is a website to help you find different chord voices.

I have a website for that, it's called my brain.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:44 PM   #19
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I have a website for that, it's called my brain.



If you don't need the website, then don't use it... I posted it because people were complaining that mryellow wouldn't know how to play dominant chords.

Also it's a great website for when you want all the different positions of a certain chord. (For example: diminished 7th chord can be played in 10 different positions; I for one don't know all those positions)

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Old 03-17-2013, 01:53 PM   #20
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12. That's not including all variations of dropped voicings.
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