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Acoustic Blues Guitar Lesson

After getting lots of positive feedback from the delta blues guitar lesson that I recently did, I decided to do another acoustic blues lesson - this time played with a pick as opposed to fingerstyle. This is really geared towards intermediate to advanced players mainly because of the speed of it. I like to keep most of my lessons simple and easy to follow, and hopefully this one is at least easy to follow. If you ARE a beginner though and would like to do this, you can - just play it at a slower tempo and think of it as a great exercise! I always welcome feedback so let me know you think, also let me know if you'd like to hear more lessons along these lines. I feel like I could create hundreds of this style, as this is the type of stuff I'm usually playing when I'm sitting around the house.

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Acoustic Blues Lead Guitar Lesson


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    Posted by: jabbajam on March 16, 2012

    Wow. I never noticed this lesson before. Just heard the intro bit and don’t know if it’s within my grasp but sounds pretty lively.

    I sure hope your superb break down of the moves are in step with previous tutorials. If so I’m sure I’ll nail this tune that sounds out of reach.

    You have this amazing ability to take hard stuff (hard for me) and break it into learn-able chunks—that results in me discovering abilities I didn’t know I had—or developing skills I thought were out of reach.

    I think the key to your magic is that you don’t assume any particular abilities or skill level and provide detail that others don’t—while you seem to do it quickly enough to avoid tedium.

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    Posted by: Woodnerp on March 16, 2012

    Nice one Brian…lots in there with sweet variations..what is the lovely little guitar you’re using?
    Many thanks again

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    Posted by: StreakyPete on March 17, 2012

    Now you’re REALLY putting us through our paces Brian!
    This sounds great!  I haven’t tried it yet (still working on Delta Blues #1), but I would love to get somewhere even close to the way you play Delta #2!
    It’ll be a few more days before I can put some time aside to give it a go, but meantime please accept my thanks for showing us this.

    Just noticed you’ve got a new Premium lesson! - Great!  Now I won’t feel so guilty about taking all the Freebies!

  4. Posted by: jimjimr on March 17, 2012

    Brian, Thanks for another great lesson.  This one has opened up many new ideas for me to apply to both my blues and rock technique.  Great stuff!

  5. Posted by: Brian on March 17, 2012

    Thanks for all of the positive feedback!  I really do appreciate it.  Also, Woodnerp - the guitar I’m using is a 1920s Regal parlor guitar from the 1920s (made in Chicago).  The guitar has definitely seen better days, but I still love the small size and great tone you get from it.  Just a fun guitar to play too.

  6. Posted by: quadrosbr on March 18, 2012

    Lovely melody and rhythm. Atfer 15 years playing Brazilian Popular Music on a Nylon guitar, it seems like I can’t get enough blues on the steel strings guitar.

    I’m already playing this lesson entirely and I’m eager to get more challenges.

    Please make some lessons on how to approach the blues/pentatonic scales on the acoustic guitar.

    Best Regards,
    Bruno QR

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    Posted by: ShivaShambo on March 26, 2012

    What a sweet piece of music! Having a great time practicing this. Thanks Brian!

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    Posted by: gunner on April 8, 2012

    I will take all of the blues. Please share some more. Thanks, have a good day.

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    Posted by: thespoony on April 19, 2012

    just to say thanks man unfortunately do not have your ability and that you have taken the time and patience to break it down and explain to the many outthere like myself is beyond cool cheers man   thespoony

  10. Posted by: jrod on April 29, 2012

    thank you so much for breaking it down the way you do, really a confidence builder for new guitarist like myself.. really love your stuff…

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    Posted by: JazzySammy on June 14, 2012

    First time I saw the video, I thought there is no way I can play this. 

    I broke it down into sections and learned them part by part until they were 2nd nature.

    Now I fly through it without even thinking of what I am doing.

    I take the different parts and play them in different order for a different sound.

  12. Posted by: tuckerguitar on July 3, 2012

    Great blues - second day learning this my fingers are fried. Breaking it down part by part.

    Thanks Brian..

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    Posted by: Sebbo-95 on July 31, 2012

    I’m amazed!!!

    Just found your website and I really love it!!!
    I started today with your first free lesson (Chet Atkins) and your teaching is so simple and powerful. I’m going through all the free lessons and when I’m done I’ll probably buy your courses! Keep up the acoustic delta blues lesson, cause it so soulful when you’re playing acoustic blues. Keep it up!

  14. Posted by: Brian on September 13, 2012

    It’s the blue button located just above the video

  15. Posted by: Bluefish on September 27, 2012

    I just found your website Brian. Great lesson, more blues would be great. Thank you so much for your time.

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    Posted by: wizard47 on September 29, 2012

    Hi Brian

    I’m new to your site… such great value! I love the blues and BB King stuff. At long last I’m actually starting to understand how the notes fit together. Many many thanks. Oh, and I love your style of teaching.

  17. Posted by: Aleks on September 30, 2012

    Thanks a lot, Brian. Yet another brilliant lesson on
    I very much appreciate your time on these lessons - they are all great.

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    Posted by: jayman on October 1, 2012

    Brian. Love this style ! open E is so cool ! sounds great! hope to see more. everyone else seems to like it to. Thanks so much!

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