In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a minor key blues composition that’s played in B minor. This is played solo guitar, which means no accompaniment is required. This is really designed for an electric guitar, although if you have light gauge strings, you could probably manage this on acoustic.
Part 1 - Free Guitar Lesson
Part 2 - For Premium Members
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You’re making me nervous without a strap on that beauty!
Very cool call response stuff Brian! Thank you for showing the byrdland again.. I researched that one man happy you! lol! But yes again,this is really great lesson as you explain with good feel and control !
I just ran through this and it reminds me I have yet to learn,, “have a cigar” on the wish you were here album!..really cool lesson..going to enjoy this now !
Michael Allen says
Love it! Thanks Brian
lots ib that one but will make a point of it somtime…thanks John Strat
correction to above
lots to like in
Aussie Rick says
Love these no accompaniment lessons. Another great composition and lesson thanks Brian.
Love this Brian. I’m gonna be active again here soon, Have had time off with several spine surgeries but I’m still kicking and fired up to play again. Ukelele held my attention for a bit, but after awhile I was missing the 6 string.
FYI, with all the time off I have done lots of exploration of other lesson sites. While their are some dandy sites available now days, their are very few if any that teach the way you do. I feel like you teach things that can be applied over and over agin in a variety of ways vs. learning to play a specific song. I’m the type of learner that gets bored learning songs note for note all the time. I’d much rather just sit down and play and “tool around” and try to apply what I’ve learned from you, in other keys or in different ways. I’m a member at a Country site I love as well, which is song specific, but I’ve learned to play guitar with you and I really appreciate you and your site.
I’m stil not a good player, but have come a long ways and have learned lots here. Just wanted to say thanks and keep up good work. I’m so ready to play again.
Thank you Scott. Glad to have you back 🙂
stephen r says
Perfect Brian ,, please keep these kind of guitar only progressions coming , there by far the most fun to play , at least in my opinion !!
San Luis Rey says
Nice stuff Brian. Great to see the Clapton again.
justin N says
Awesome! You’re just one badass player with a great teaching style and the skills to write some excellent compositions. So glad I’m part of the Active Melody community. Thanks!
Paul de Jong says
I love that sound!!!!
John D says
Hi Brian,In Part 1 the “if you take anything away from this lesson lick”( Bm ).
You are so right, I hear that in so much of music I listen to…thanks for breaking that down.
I really like this lesson and these solo no accompanying lessons are GOLD to me…
Thank you again……John
Great sound with lots of takeaways. I love learning these little progressions. Can’t wait to experiment with tone options.
Jim M says
Brian, you continue to feed my musical appetite with nice stuff !!!
Perhaps my favorite “no accompaniment” lesson (I think I’ve said that a few times 🙂 I do appreciate the nice string of lessons you recently offered that involved a jam track. Thank you very much. I prefer them because its always MUCH easier to play something well until you have to play it perfectly with a jam track. So I find those lessons more rewarding or gratifying. But I do really appreciate these no accompaniment lessons and I can understand their mass appeal. This is a really great song and a blast to play. I love it. Your continual ability to crank out “the hits” week after week is pretty remarkable. Again, thank you!
Beautiful guitar…great lesson!
Another perfect “here’s where it comes from” lesson. Thanks.
Another very appealing “no accompaniment” lesson. Great job!
Replying to an earlier comment, the appeal of these for me is that you they give you some things which are sufficiently complete musically that you can play them for other people without having to put on one backing track after another.
Just seeing the title “minor key solo blues” gets me excited. And sure enough, Brian delivers another gem, or a musical candy that’s irresistible to my ear!
Raymond P says
Another great lesson Brian.
Rob C says
Best one yet, so many great techniques here. Thanks Brian!
just got through the first section , and i am totally blown away . Not the conventional i iv v blues progression either i am just trying to understand where the chords come from Bm root and key , G ,A …i VI VII i hope that’s correct .
This is a great lesson. I am very new to the ActiveMelody community and am proud to be here. I kicked the tires on other sites, but when I ran across Brian on a youtube video I soon realized that his teaching style would give me a need edge to further grow as a guitar player.
Thanks Brian-could you please add an mp3 file-like you usually do?
David K says
Great lesson! What year and model is your guitar?
David K says
Walter D says
Another great lessson…thanks Brian. I really like the “single guitar” lessons. This one reminds me a lot of Mark Knopfler.
Rodney W says
Loved this tune and lesson! It is little bit reminiscent of Mark Knopfler’s playing in “Sultans of Swing” but perhaps it’s the tone of the guitar that makes me think that more than anything.
Albela L says
Mike M says
Just joined today! Can’t wait to dig in! Thanks Brian!
Terry E says
very good lesson once again, would appreciate an mp3 file as you usually do. Thank you again.
MP3 file added
San Luis Rey says
Just had to add another comment. This is a GREAT lesson. Just got through the 2nd part and I’m blown away by how sweet it sounds! Thanks again Brian.
Albela L says
Excellent! Combination between minor and major, I can alternate differents feelings, sad and postive. Mixed emotions.
Walter D says
Interesting in the comments to read about the different artists this lesson brings to mind. For me, I saw Robin Trower in Seattle this past summer, and this lesson, if you play it at a different tempo, sounds a lot like some of his signature licks. I guess it comes down to the call-response style so many great players use. Thanks Brian, love the guitar.
Favorite. Lesson. EVAH! Little blues. Little country. Little Gilmore-esque phrasing. Stuff like this is why I’ll be a member for life. Great job, Brian.
Brian, every single week, you just amaze me. How do you come up with such good lessons?? I have said it before, you are one hell of a teacher
Paul S says
Love this lesson!! And please tell your frustrated friend: a very good guitarist once told me not to worry about what other people can do. You’re not in competition with anybody. There are no mid-terms, no finals. AND, the only ones who can really play Eric Clapton, BB King and Keith Urban are Eric Clapton, BB King and Keith Urban. Just enjoy your hobby and keep practicing.
Jonny R says
great fun to play, with some awesome licks…. cheers Brian
Another great lesson! In fact, two in a row! I love your lessons that show how us how to “leave some room” between the chords so that we can develop our improvisation skills.
Is there any chance you could add a backing track without guitar for this lesson like you usually do?
Thanks again, I’ve really gotten my money’s worth being a premium subscriber, no regrets!
Hey Brian ,
Thanks for all your hard work and the excellent product. I wish you and yours a most Happy Thanksgiving.
Hey Brian, thanks so much for this perfect lesson! It’s so good for precision and rhythm, and it sounds good!
Speaking of precision, I’m reaching proficiency at playing the notes for each riff, but half the time after playing a chord, I’m missing the right string with the pick. And if I look at my right hand, I’m missing the fret with my left! I’m well able to navigate up and down the pentatonic scale, and can play the riffs at the right speed, after much work, but the issue is when transitioning from chord to 1 string.
Any advice from you on increasing precision with picking the right string after a playing a chord? Anyone else has the same issue?
Oh and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and all fellow members!
Chris Rogers says
One of my faves so far, trying it on acoustic, awesome riff Brian thanks so much!!!
Xavier-Luc L says
Well… I must say…Excellent!
From Montpellier and Bordeaux where I am sharing most of my time everybody loves it. Not that easy on acoustic but I will work hard until it is (close to be) perfect.
Many thanks for this one (and the others)