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Fingerstyle Delta Blues Guitar Lesson

I've had several requests for more of a delta blues style lesson so I thought I'd compose a little piece and show you how to play it. I always dread trying to teach something like this because there is so much to show and I'm always afraid that I'm going to leave something important out - but after reviewing the video, I think I covered pretty much everything on this lesson. This is inspired by Robert Johnson (although nowhere near his level of complexity), you can hear some of his style in this. If you're a premium member, I've included the tab for this one so feel free to download.

Let me know if you'd like to hear more of this style lesson as there are lots of different styles and techniques that I can use to create videos.

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Delta Blues Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson


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    Posted by: john123 on March 11, 2012

    Hi brian, good pick, iam going for it. pretty sure I will be ok with it all the greats love this guy keith richards, eric c and so on keep up the good work.   


  2. Posted by: mrfosters on March 12, 2012

    Hey Brian,great lesson! Once again, you know what we’re looking for.Since you asked,I ,for one ,would definitely love to see more of this type of lesson. I’ve got an acoustic aching for something new to do.By the way ,what are you playing? Looks like it might be on old Regal?,Stadium?, whatever it is,it’s very cool. Thanks again.

  3. Posted by: Brian on March 13, 2012

    @ mrfosters - Cool, I’ll do another one of these with a new twist this week.  Glad you liked it.  As got the guitar, very good eye, it’s an old late 20s Regal parlor guitar that I bought from a guy selling on Craigslist.  Not in great shape cosmetically but it sounds and plays great.

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    Posted by: jimmyfo67 on March 13, 2012

    Hey Brian,Thanks again for the lesson! never really been able to play this type of blues but really want to be able to, your lesson really helps…as always Awesome lesson!

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    Posted by: JazzySammy on March 13, 2012

    Hey Brian

    This is fantastic ...

    You’ve got lots of electric on line so more acoustic and blues oriented would be welcomed.

    I can’t believe the callouses I’ve built up this month.  They don’t get sore any more!

    Continue with the videos ....



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    Posted by: StreakyPete on March 16, 2012

    Thanks Brian - Great lesson!
    Found it difficult to control my thumb at first (it kept wanting to play as many notes as my fingers) but eventually something clicked, and I got the hang of it.  I know I’ll probably have lost it again next time I pick up my guitar, but that’s the joy of your lessons - there’s always an instant refresher lesson available to get me back in the groove!
    Keep up the good work - you’re making a lot of people happy! - that’as never a bad thing is it?
    Looking forwards to the next Delta lesson… “with a twist’, no less!

  7. Posted by: Brian on March 16, 2012

    Cool, glad you got it figured out Pete - btw, the next lesson is now available :)

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    Posted by: StreakyPete on March 22, 2012

    As expected, I DID forget how to play this piece when I next picked up my guitar. So I re-learned it, and the same thing happened - again & again!
    However, a neat trick I taught myself was, when I had a quiet moment, I’d play the piece ‘in my head’.  I found it helpful to imagine the notes as I played them - I could easily adjust the tempo until I got it right.
    The next time I played it on an actual guitar, I got it ‘Spot-on’ first time. (although I will confess to waking up with the tune still playing in my head! - Man!, I’ve got it BAD!)

  9. Posted by: Brian on March 22, 2012

    @ StreakyPete - Glad to hear that you’re waking with this in your head… sounds like you really DO have it bad.  That’s a great strategy for remembering something though - doing a quick play by play in your head before starting.  It’s weird because honestly I just sort of turned on the camera and made this thing up based on some Robert Johnson fingerstyle licks that I know. I could create many more blues fingerstyle guitar lessons like this if there is a strong interest.

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    Posted by: StreakyPete on March 23, 2012

    Bring it on Brian!
    As I said before, I found it challenging - but that’s exactly want I want/need after years of being stuck behind ‘The Wall’.
    It feels more rewarding and enjoyable to play something like this, and I’m sure the rest of the guys will appreciate some more of the same.
    Great work!

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    Posted by: gcbcco on April 2, 2012

    What did you change with your vid. This one is out of sync. with
    the sound?
    Good lesson other than the sync problem

  12. Posted by: Brian on April 2, 2012

    Hey Gary, I can’t seem to replicate what you’re talking about - it isn’t out of sync for me?  Could you try viewing on a different browser perhaps?

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    Posted by: stratman007 on April 4, 2012

    Hey Brian,
    Thanks for this lesson,very reminiscent of many songs but the best for mine, as a long time big Clapton fan, is his acoustic interpretation of Drftin Blues off From the Cradle album which sent chills down my spine when I first heard it. There is complex simplicity to songs like this in that you listen to them and say to yourself its just a 12 bar blues so it should be easy but the truth is it takes months to even get it down to a point of just passable playing

  14. Posted by: Brian on April 4, 2012

    Stratman007 - well said.  Yeah it’s songs like this that seem very simple and almost primitive on the surface, but when you start breaking them down and trying to replicate them you quickly realize that it’s much more difficult that your ear tells you it should be.  I love Clapton’s version of Dritin’ as well, in fact there isn’t a single bad song on “From The Cradle” - one of the best albums ever recorded in my opinion.

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    Posted by: bcashman on April 13, 2012

    Hay Brian,
    What kind of guitar and strings are you useing in this delta blues lesson? It looks old ,but sounds good

  17. Posted by: Brian on April 13, 2012

    It’s an old 1920’s Regal guitar (made in Chicago) - not in great shape, but it sounds great.  The strings are Martin medium gauge.

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    Posted by: jimbogilly on April 16, 2012

    Hi Brian, the video and sound are not in sync and am in a bit of a mess, I downloaded and printed the TAB so that I could practice, but notice that on the sound it sounds like you are plucking the G,B,and E strings four times, whereas the Tab states three times, am I reading it wrong, or is it my hearing?

  19. Posted by: Brian on April 16, 2012

    The video and audio should sync up - I can’t seem to replicate this issue.  It may be something weird with your browser and the Flash plugin perhaps?  If you don’t mind, try downloading Google Chrome (unless you’re already using it) - it’s free.  Try viewing the video through Chrome and see if you’re still having sync issues.

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    Posted by: jimbogilly on April 16, 2012

    Hi Brian, Have downloaded Chrome, and it has improved, the sound and video are now in sync. Will see if my performance improves.

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