#1
Hello, I am 50 yrs. old never played before, and have wanted to play for years. I want to learn to play Blues, but have no idea where to start. I have been trying to teach myself for about a month.I have watched a lot videos on the internet and read several books which have helped to get an understanding of the basics. Any help would greatly be appreciative. Thanks
#2
Learn the pentatonic scale with the blues note, just search for how to play blues and you'll get around
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#3
is there any particular type of blues you want to learn?
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#5
find a black guy as old as yourself, give him wine and tell him to tune up his dobro just dont let mamma catch ya
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#6
To start with some nice easy blues, learn the 12 bar pattern this is based around 3 chords, the first, fourth and fifth ( I IV V ). A nice easy one to start with would be based around A, these chords would be A, D and E. To make it sound more 'bluesy' you add whats called a Dominant 7th onto these chords.

A7 D7 E7

E--x------x------0------
A--0------x------2------
D--2------0------0------
G--0------2------1------
B--2------1------0------
E--0------2------0------

play these in this sort of structure;

A7 / / /|A7 / / /|A7 / / /|A7 / / /|D7 / / /|D7 / / /|A7 / / /|A7 / / /|E7 / / /|D7 / / /|A7 / / /|E7 / / /|

You've now learnt to play a 12 bar!

Now to play over it, you use the A blues scale, 2 really easy ways of playing these go as follows;

E------------------------------------------------5--8--------------------------------------
A--0---3----------------------------------------------5--6--7----------------------------
D----------0--1--2---------------------------------------------5--7-----------------------
G--------------------0--2---------------------------------------------5--7--8-------------
B--------------------------1--3--4---------------------------------------------5--8--------
E------------------------------------0--3---------------------------------------------5--8--

Feel free to message me if you have any questions!
#8
Look up Marty Schwartz on Youtube. He has his on site as well as being affiliated with with others. He was a public school music teacher as well as gave private lesson, and has performed before in large venues. I recommend him to anyone who is just starting out no matter style of music you like.

PS. I took up the guitar 5 years ago and I am now 48.
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