Quick Blues Lesson For Beginners

Some few tips to playing blues music. Comment for any questions or concerns.

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Lets start with a little history on the roots of blues. Memphis blues, made famous by the two Kings, B.B.King and Albert King. This B.B. King lick is one every blues guitarist should know.
e|-------8-------------|11-10-8------------------------|
B|------8--11-8-------8|-------11-10-8-----------------|
G|---8h9-------11-10-8-|--------------11-10-8h9--------|
D|---------------------|-----------------------10--8-10|
A|---------------------|-------------------------10----|
E|---------------------|-------------------------------|
Source: 101 Must Know Blues Licks by Wolf Marshall (This is a great book, and you should get it. It's got tons of blues licks that are really awesome, from the 30's to present). Now, theres a difference from playing blues right off a page, and really playing blues. Add a few bends, slow parts up, speed parts up, Blues is infinitely changeable, but don't forget to add style to it. We have a basic blues riff in, now lets go to a harder one
E|------------------------------------------------------------------15-15-15|
B|-----------3---5--3-------5-5-----------------8----10--8----------15-15-15|
G|-----------3h4-5--4-------4-4----------7--10--8h9--10--8h9--------15-15-15|
D|-----2--5------------5----5-5----7/10----------------------9--------------|
A|--5-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
This is the intro to "Texas Flood" by Stevie Ray Vaughan. It's played a half step down! But still sounds good regular tuned too. Its a pretty good piece of blues but you need to listen to it to get the full rhythm of it. Here is a link to listen to it. Now a really good blues scale to learn is A minor Pentatonic
e|-------------------------5--8|
B|--------------------5--8-----|
G|---------------5--7----------|
D|----------5--7---------------|
A|-----5--7--------------------|
E|5--8-------------------------|
Its a pretty basic blues scale thats easy to learn and master Now try and create your own riff from this scale Some more songs you may want to learn are Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix and Little Wing by SRV they are fun songs to play and will help develop you blues playing. Now you may think, why do I need to learn the Blues? Well son, the blues is what I would call the roots of music. From it spawned country and Rock N' Roll, from Rock, grunge, and from that, Metal. So as you can see, blues is the beginning of all music from guitars. So, if you want to master the instrument, go back the basics, and from there go forth. Now If there are any specific questions, or anything you want me to post a guide on, comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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    optimizeRu
    peterk0t, You pick 8fret and you "hammer-on" with other finger on the 9th fret without picking.
    krypticguitar87
    [code] e|-----5--8| B|-----5--8-----| G|-----5--7-8-----| D|-----5--7-----| A|-----5-6-7-----| E|5--8-----| [/c ode] I always learned this as the blues scale and what you posted as the pentatonic scale....
    Now you may think, why do I need to learn the Blues? Well son, the blues is what I would call the roots of music. From it spawned country and Rock N' Roll, from Rock, grunge, and from that, Metal. So as you can see, blues is the beginning of all music from guitars. So, if you want to master the instrument, go back the basics, and from there go forth.
    this is almost all wrong, guitars existed before blues first of all... I don't know if you recall there is such a things as classical guitar so if you want to start from the roots, that would be where to start. second thing that is wrong is your time line of "...rock then grunge then metal" metal began in the late 60's in the UK, and grunge began in washington state in the mid 80's.... grunge was actually a combination of metals idea of being heavy and the classic rock idea of letting notes ring long enough to "feel" them... the only other things is I'm wondering why you didn't start with 12bar blues? I mean it is the easiest way to get the blues feel, and if you listen there is usually some variation used in almost every blues song....
    Rumps09
    I am really really new to all this tab stuff....for example the about riff at the very top of the page has a tab of 8h9...what does that mean ? There are several other that are similar to that throughout tabs on the website...please educate me Thanks Greg
    krypticguitar87
    sorry that should look more like this: [code] e|-----5--8| B|-----5--8-----| G|-----5-- 7-8-----| D|-----5--7-----| A|-----5-6-7-----| E|5--8-----| [/c ode]
    rockingamer2
    The blues goes way back before the Kings. The blues came from the South after the Civil War. This lesson has good ideas, but they could have been presented a lot better.
    ThEgAmE93 wrote: Anybody know the title of this
    This is blue's right?
    That is the 12 bar blues. It's probably his own composition.
    ThEgAmE93
    Do you have the tabs for it? I've been searching for this song for a very long time. I tried searching 12 bars blue but it was a musical style.
    Martin Messner
    Basically this lesson teaches the pentatonic scale which is almost the blues scale. In the end, blues is more than a bunch of notes, and this is what I expected from this lesson: dynamics, more examples, more songs, more background knowledge, more real pure blues elements. I guess, this lesson is just too short. Maybe you should think about doing another one which really teaches blues. So: no rating / just some ideas for your improvement
    oldkoolairbrush
    krypticguitar87 wrote: [code] e|-----5--8| B|-----5--8-----| G|-----5- -7-8-----| D|-----5--7-----| A|-----5-6-7-----| E|5--8-----| [/c ode] I always learned this as the blues scale and what you posted as the pentatonic scale....
    He posted that as the pentatonic scale because thatis the Am pentatonic scale. Adding that 6th note commonly known as a passing tone make the blues scale.
    peterk0t
    really sorry, but what is 8h9? i'm trying to learn it myself, so I don't know what it means