I'm a bit confused as to the difference in Blue styles. I'm interested in acoustic blues, but when I say that I think I'm describing what I want wrong, I mean something like this


I'm curious where I start learning this type of blues. Is it all based off of 12 bar blues? Is there other theory that I'm going to need to learn about?

Another question is if the main difference between Texas blues, and different styles of 12 bar blues the "flavor" notes used with the normal blue scales?

Thanks for the help.
Im with you on this one. A lot of the blues style and feel has eluded me for a long time. I do know a few things that can help you though.

First off the video you posted is based around the 12 bar blues and has elements of delta blues in it. Delta blues is one of the older forms of the blues and is usually acoustic and tends to use a slide with open tunings. some examples:

As for the difference between Texas and 12 Bar, i dont think the difference is in the notes, because i think they are about the same (I may be wrong on that), i think the difference may be in the style and speed of which it is played. The texas style blues uses a lot of Texas shuffle for the rythm structure.
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=praR6_T3Foo

I hope this was of some use to you.
Blues is just... like, open. Lots of chromatics in there.

I could write for hours on the differences between the styles, but seriously the best piece of advice is this: Listen to a bunch of records. Find some tabs for them. Play along. And then go. That's it.
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Most of the blues is in 12 bar form.

You shold definitely learn the 12 bar blues.

listen to a ton of blues and learn to play a ton of blues songs, like the guy above said.
Robert Johnson, Lightning Hopkins, Blind Willie Johnson,and for some straight acoustic blues guitar check out Big Bill Broonzy.
ok so i'm uinderstanding that I need to listen to blues to understand it and basically learn it for myself what sounds good. I guess my question now is, Is there a difference in 12 bar blues and things that sound bluesy? or is everything that sounds bluesy blues, but it just doesn't follow the 12 bar blues?

Is there alot of variation in blues rhythmically? Like is the shuffle the basic 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and 6 and 7 and 8 and type of rhythm that is most commonly used with like SRV? and then what i'm getting confused about is that the shuffle isn't the only type of blues? If thats correct then could someone introduce me to a couple different rhythms that they like or prefer most?
Pretty much all of the shuffle i have ever heard is in that form, jsut different tempos. And technically the the texas shuffle really isnt a different type of blues, more of jsut a different rythm structure. It is still based around the 12 bar blues.

If things tend to sound bluesy, it usually means they are usuing the blues scale. Most music and rock already share the same chord progression, with the exception that the I-IV-V-I is often made up of 7th notes.

Some styles you should look up and study are the delta blues, chicago blues, and i bleive a form called Piedmont(i may be worng on that name). An example of the last style http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvRxA8gR7bw&feature=related .
Last edited by Manthony14 at Dec 12, 2011,