In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a solo blues composition in the key of E. This works on both electric and acoustic guitar. This is another lessons that uses the “call and response” technique, going back and forth between playing rhythm and lead licks, and you’ll learn how to improvise in this style.
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Hey!! Early bird lesson today!! Did this from the Florida panhandle, Brian?? Nice noodling lesson with double stop concepts…………..that’s your bargain basement Guitar Center Gibson Les Paul guitar as I recall!! Jim C.
You got it – the $200 special 🙂
Huh, it’s only 10am in the east!!!
Brian I just thought you might have posted early today and here it is. This structure always makes for a great lesson so thanks for posting and almost on that bicentenary lesson for the EPs wow.
Loving this one Brian! Lot’s of good stuff here.
Love it! Great lesson, I really enjoy this style of call and response and look forward to getting it under my fingers.
Thanks for another fun and useful lesson.
Randy G says
Brian thank you so many concepts to learn very exciting. 6 months and I still can’t play a song start to finish without mistakes. I truly love the music!
Right away SRV Texas blues.. I really could use this lead stuff, just Wikipedia Stevie Ray Vaughan,, He just was coming into his prime and was amazing guitarist and blues musician! I will learn much from this terrific lesson Brian ty much!
Hi Brian. Great tune. Wouldnt it be better to play the low open e string in the initial rhythm part with an upstroke? Any specific reason why you use a downstroke…? Cheers from Germany Markus
Interesting Markus – you know, the upstroke does work nicely. I suppose either way would do it, as long as you hit the note 😉
Almost to your “bi-centennial” lesson!
We will need to celebrate! Maybe with a 12-bar Blues lesson titled, “Bi-centennial Blues” 🙂
Yeah man – I’m planning something cool for 200. 🙂
I play alone, so these lessons, “just guitar” are my favorite. Thanks !!
San Luis Rey says
Oh yea E blues! It’s gonna be a good week.
Jim M says
Another great one Brian !!
John E says
Really cool and timely lesson Brian thanks. I’m working on the E A rhythm for Clapton’s version of Got You On My Mind, this lesson helps a lot!
justin N says
Awesome lesson Brian. What’s really cool is that this one sounds just as good played at the slow walkthrough speed. It gives it a different flavor. But, doesn’t actually sound “slow” just different. Maybe it gives a bit more time for the nuances. Anyhow, great job. Have fun soaking up some sunshine!
Lot’s ‘n lot’s a funzies!
Steve M says
Lovin’ it Brian and this ain’t no April Fool! I got tons of mileage out of the past lesson series with the same rhythm you referred to, so I’m really excited to see what I can do with this.
Looking forward to trying this one out…on my $200 special. 😉
I’m going to have to buy a new guitar to play this lesson: i can’t get those kinds of sounds out of my Strat.
Jonesy Wales says
Another great lesson!
This site truly is the home for combined ‘Rhythm and Lead’ style guitar playing!
You’ve come up with so many excellent and varied lessons on this style of play, that I really can’t find another comparable source.
Thankfully you recognise that the vast majority of us folks learning guitar are never going to play in a band but just want to play for their own pleasure or maybe in small gatherings, friends, family etc.
So you give us a these great lessons on how to just pick up the guitar and play something that sounds full and accomplished.
I LOVE these lessons; so a massive thank you and “keep ‘um coming”!
Michael D says
Bill K says
Coincidence – yesterday I discovered your lesson EP020 – is that the one you refer to in this video? Then today started on this – really good match.
Matt D says
Great lesson can’t wait to give it a go🎸🎸
Did you really get that guitar for $200.00? Where? I want one! You make every guitar sing though. Appreciate the guidance.
Found it in the “Used” section at a Guitar Center in Nashville. I haven’t done anything to the guitar other than put new strings on it.
Love those “No Accompaniment” lessons, perfect for me as I am still struggling when trying to follow a backing track. I have said it before Brian, but you are probably one of the best teacher online
Agreed. Thanks Brian.
BRENDAN G says
This is a great lesson, but I have not finished last weeks lesson yet. But keep them coming.
Abraham M says
hey Brian, love the lesson. just want to point out that at about 4:35 in the video you define mixolydian mode as flatting the 6th (instead of 7th)
Tom R says
Cool lesson. What’s at the other end of the guitar cable? Pedals, amp and settings? Sound is just right to me!
Plugging into a Fender Blues Junior amp – no pedals.
Ray B says
I thought maybe this was a 12-bar blues pattern but had trouble counting them, so I looked at the tab and counted 21 bars. Is this a standard blues pattern or just some random format? Just curious what the rules are for formatting a blues compostion…Trying to learn.
There are no strict rules on how many bars it needs to be. 12 bar blues is sort of a standard that is familiar by most, but you can do it how every you want.
Ray B says
Ray B says
Brian, you introduce this arrangement as for electric guitar. I’ve been practicing it on acoustic and enjoying it. To me it has similarities to other lessons that were on acoustic guitars (Ep- 065 for example). I’d like to know what characteristics of this composition, or portions of it, make it for electric, and I assume, not for acoustic.
richard m says
Ray, my guess is that you can play it faster on electric. Rich M
Alfred Dowaliby says
Finally found the time to circle back for this lesson. Brilliant composition, thanx! And the little subtleties add up to making a BIG difference.