#1
I want to learn to play the blues. Can someone direct me to a website or something of that matter? Or list some steps that I absolutely must master to be able to do this. I appreciate all the help.
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#2
it would probably be better if you learned from recordings. it seems more organic that way, which is to me what the blues is all about. you probably already know all the scales and things that you need, you just need to learn how to apply them.
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step 2. Buy a Stratocaster!

i don't find strats to be as good at playing the blues as most gibsons
#9
Wank the blue scale till you get all "find" all the cliches in the blues playing
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#10
1. play the minor pentatonic scale
2. repeat number 1
3. repeat number 1
4. repeat number 1
etc. etc.
#11
Go to the blues and jazz subforum in bands and artists. You'll get much better replies there
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#13
^+1 (90%) of the stuff on this thread is useless. I was so relieved to read one vision offer something of value.

12 bar blues. Learn 8 bar blues as well.

Dominant 7 chords

As for technique - fingerpicking on an acoustic guitar is pretty good for the blues. Get your thumb on a steady rhythm so that you can get a bass line going independent of your other fingers.

There is a Blues Thread on this site somewhere full of blues hounds. You could post there and I'm sure they'll help you out. EDIT: Oops I missed Blurry's post two up which suggested just that. - another good post.
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#14
I might be wrong, but I think blues is the only time where you would use a characteristically minor scale over major/dominant chords. Both pentatonic minor and the blues scale are characteristically "minor" due to their minor third.

Correct me if I'm wrong. I've never read this anywhere, I just noticed it.

I think this is the unique thing about blues.

Sad scales + Happy chords = Blues

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#16
find some blues backing tracks and just jam over them. Learn your minor pentatonic all over the neck including your flat 5 for the ''blue note'' adds a great feel for blues. That should keep you occupied enough!

Also generally most blues chord progressions are I IV V use some 7th chords with minor chords.
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.....but i didnt get to step 4. yet...step 4 is wear playing technique kicks in (aka 12-bar blues, scales, phrasing)

but yeah, steps 1-3 are pretty pointless
#19
I might be wrong, but I think blues is the only time where you would use a characteristically minor scale over major/dominant chords. Both pentatonic minor and the blues scale are characteristically "minor" due to their minor third.


I would say that the use of the minor pentatonic over a dominant chord meant to imply an altered scale more than a minor tonality.
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I might be wrong, but I think blues is the only time where you would use a characteristically minor scale over major/dominant chords. Both pentatonic minor and the blues scale are characteristically "minor" due to their minor third.

Correct me if I'm wrong. I've never read this anywhere, I just noticed it.

I think this is the unique thing about blues.

Sad scales + Happy chords = Blues

I joke.


It depends. You have many style blues. You have blues that use more jazzed up chords, and blues which only have minor. Blues that use minor and major; etc.

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#21
^Found out the name of that song Darren: Boccherini - Minuet

On topic: Learn your pentatonic minors and blues scales and you're good to go. If you want to sound like blues then listen to a lot of it and imitate.
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