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.
Acoustic Blues Lead Guitar Lesson
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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.
Mike L says
Love the step by step… This is the best I have seen……. 47 years old and always been a chord strummer…. I’m truly enjoying this.. Thx
Robert G says
Do I have to play this tune at that tempo to make it sound good? The last time I pick up a guitar was in 8th grade. I’m in my mid 50’s now. I was able to get EP315 down pretty good with the help of the Tab and the slower version. Am I able to do it with your earlier stuff?
Nice one Brian…lots in there with sweet variations..what is the lovely little guitar you’re using?
Many thanks again
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!
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!
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.
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.
What a sweet piece of music! Having a great time practicing this. Thanks Brian!
I will take all of the blues. Please share some more. Thanks, have a good day.
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
[email protected] says
Anyone trying to break out of their rut of playing in the only style they play will seek things on the web that are 1) interesting 2) different and/or 3) inspires you. This site is all of the above!
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…
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.
Great blues - second day learning this my fingers are fried. Breaking it down part by part.
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!
[email protected] says
Brian I cannot see how to download tab for Delta Blues solo part 1
It’s the blue button located just above the video
I just found your website Brian. Great lesson, more blues would be great. Thank you so much for your time.
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.
Thanks a lot, Brian. Yet another brilliant lesson on ActiveMelody.com.
I very much appreciate your time on these lessons - they are all great.
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!
Loving the two Delta Blues lessons Brian.
Please do more with pick or fingerstyle!
It’s a really good lesson! Thanks. I’m gonna try to do it.
Hi Brian. Yes please make more of this kind of lesson. I’ve tried many on-line programs and have not found what I’m looking for, until now! Any more of this style would be awesome
You say: “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.”
Great! Bring it on! This piece is exactly the kind of thing I have been looking for but finding relatively little of. It would be wonderful if you could do a series of pieces in each of the common keys, so that by the time you are finished, we would have a kind of encyclopedia of acoustic blues.
thanks a lot brian 🙂
My fingers ache 🙁
I think I need to buy a new acoustic guitar
Diggin’ your lessons, Brian. I got the delta blues fingerstyle down and now I’m workin’ on this one.
Thanks and keep ‘em comin’.
wats the go with the tab? it sais delta blues solo part 2. i thought the tab was for this whole lesson, only looks like about half of it?
more toys than talent says
Great little piece Brian. I have some Blues Tab books that I have spent some time with. It is so much easier to watch one of your videos. You break it down into nice little easy to follow snippets and then step by step build them into a complete song. It is good stuff!
just downloaded the tab for delta blues,but only got part 2.
how do i get part 1.cheers jim
Another great one Brian. I love this acoustic blues stuff. I’d like to see a lot more of them. How bout a blues in “A”?
Nice one Brian
Thx for the lessons you have enspired me to play again after 2 years
Thanks for this lesson, I’ve been playing for a couple of years but never really got beyond strumming a few chords.
I never had the confidence to record myself playing before never mind improvise but I learned the intro and then started to improvise. First time I’ve even played 12 bar blues, I can’t believe what I’ve managed to achieve, all thanks to you!
I’ll definitely be purchasing some premium lessons soon.
Check it out if you can, it’s only 43 seconds long: https://soundcloud.com/depresesed-toad/twelvety
@andy7o - sounds awesome man! thanks for sharing
Cheer Brian, I,ve played for a whilst now an mostly tried to follow along watch my DVD’s using my A?B button.
The way you break it down helps not just play the song but understand it also.
Many thanks for this great piece of blues. Unfortunately I cannot found the according tabs. Under the downlaod button of this lesson are the tabs of the Delta Blues Version 2.
Great lesson for a somewhat intermediate player! Like the way you break down each section and will be coming back for more.
New to this site and all I can say is that I think I’ve learned more in the last few days than in the last few years! Well done Brian - excellent tutoring, cool tunes and very nice playing. Oh, I must get a parlour guitar too… Thanks so much.
I used to be able to forward and reverse the lesson video. It helped learn the song in sections. The new video format does not allow you to do this. Is the video (foward/reverse) feature available with the premium membership? Please advise.
Thanks so much,
Six String Brandon says
What guitar is that?
It’s a 1920 something Regal guitar (made in Chicago)
Hi Brian, love your style! Can i ask you? What is the ending cord?
It’s an E9
if anyone is interested: if have transcripted this song for guitapro5. may be brian could upload this version as well?
great lesson Brian ! i still have to learn all the pieces and practise….but it comes :-). Thanks very much ! happy new year and greets from switzerland.
Peavey Ray Vaughn says
hey brian, man i love this lesson cant stop playing it. thanks for these great lessons. cheers
This was the first thing I ever learned on Active Melody, I can never play exactly what he teaches but I can always learn everything in the lesson and do my own thing and this one is one of my favorites.. Its actually not that hard, even for a beginner 😉
Great lesson,I just about got it. The part that you said would be most challenging was actually very easy for me. I play almost that same exact lick in pride and joy which I can play a good chunk of all but the leads…I’ve always wanted to learn this style..thanks..now I’m off to learn Scott Moore lesson. He’s one of my favorite guitarists :-)
great stuff brian i was away from the guitar for a few years and now back this site is gona help me i just know ,i was sick of jumping around on the internet from teacher to teacher ,so keep on rock n brian thanks….brian ,ireland
This was one the first of your lessons I tried. I had just picked the guitar up again after about a 20 year lay off.
Guitar playing friend of mine who I sent the lesson to said I would never learn it. I have now been practicing this for three years and can not get it to sound like yours. But it is sounding good!
I think your playing skills make some of your lessons seem unobtainable to your mortal students.
I would like to see this lesson in your current lesson format and tools.
Now for take 879.
Man Brian , this is right down my alley, i love the blues, i love the way the way you taught this lesson, your style of teaching always gets me there, thx brian
Just received my Taylor GS MINI hog in the mail today and by Devine intervention stumbled on this video on youtube! Just joined the club and printed the tabs… played with this for 4 hours love the sight and your style of teaching! Can’t wait to get this down and move to the next lesson!
Sarah J says
This lesson finally made me sign up. You’re a great teacher and I want to thank you for your effort. This lesson was easy enough and I liked the grove. Your blues is very fluid and I like your style. Thanks!
dicky b says
How can I get the tab from accoustic delta blues v-2 ? I need that the tab, thanks
It is a lovely guitare part. I have one question on the structure of 2 licks :
– Mesure 13 : on the Em string, you use the 4th and 2nd fret then 2nd fret of the B string. Is it because they belong the 3rd mode of E major pentatonique scale ? Then it
– Mesure 8 : from where does the 5th fret B string comes ?
Thanks for your help !
Olivier from Paris
Ricky M says
Just upgraded my membership,,have had the free one for a while but wanted to go to the next level. Love your website, its really helping me a lot, Thanks Brian .
Ian R says
This is what I joined for !
Charles B says
Love this stuff and want to learn it this year! Who’s a good artist who plays in this style?
Rob H says
Can not find the TAB TO DOWNLOAD
Oh man, love this tune! Gradually working my way through it, working on accuracy first and then speed. I’ve noticed an improvement in my playing and understanding of blues structure after just a few weeks of your video lessons. So glad I found your site! Thank you!
Sébastien T says
Hello , same issue , I cannot find the TAB …
Sébastien T says
Sorry I was stupid , found it 🙂
Tony M says
Back at this lesson after quite a while!great stuff,thanks,T
C J Lamere says
having just had trigger finger surgery on my left hand. I am just
tuning to an open e chord and finger picking strings with
my right hand for a few weeks, I can’t wait to get to this
aubrey m says
Nice Lesson ! Is the solo based around E major pentatonic ?
Idi A says
Seems not to be able to download the pdf.