In this MicroLesson (ML028) you’ll learn how to play an country blues composition that’s played solo guitar (no accompaniment is required). Learn both the fill licks and the strum pattern in this composition.
Part 1 - Free Guitar Lesson
Part 2 - For Premium Members
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I’m becoming a fan of your micro lessons. The regular lessons are not difficult to play, but I have trouble remembering what comes next. The micro lessons are easy to remember and improvise my own licks.
Conroy G says
Brian, I’ve been with you a year and I’m just figuring out the importance of your Micro lessons. They are exactly what I need right now. Just starting to tie chards and scales together. Thanks
Tom l says
fantastic tune, thanks !
Stephen E says
Great lesson thanks
Very fun lesson Brian, thanks!
Brian, the tablature seems to have a bad heading – it says Soulful Lead Lesson
Thanks for catching this – I have fixed it 🙂
Ched Y says
I am a recent sub scriber and enjoy your mini lessons’ Just curious. Where are you located??
Very cool lesson. It took me a while to realize the licks were G minor pentatonic using the open G & D strings. Thanks for another great fretboard trick in G.
Brilliant, Brian, such a wonderful little bluesy tune. Thanks for making my day!
Anton D says
I say Brian, do you play that electric mandolin I see on the wall?
You might think about doing some special mini lessons for all us very many mandolin players out here.
I have been wondering for ages how to adapt your guitar techniques for the mandolin. Your slipping and sliding techniques, double stops, fresh takes on pentatonic scales,… have really helped to put some sparkle into my jaded guitar playing. I need to inject some of that energy into my mandolin playing.
Just a thought!
I do play mandolin – still working at it… trying to be “proficient” in it. There are some basic principles that you can apply to mandolin playing as well – which involve tying scales back to chord shapes. I use that same technique on the mandolin
Anton D says
Thanks very much for your answer, Brian. Could you elaborate upon your “there are some basic principles… scales back to chord shapes” statement please? I don’t want to be a bore but I would love to hear more about this. Are there any recordings of you anywhere.? How much would you charge to rustle up a quick lesson on these principles, if you were prepared to do so of course?
I just mean that a G chord is a g chord – same 3 notes, whether they’re played on piano, guitar, mandolin, etc. Scales are the same as well – major, minor pentatonic, major scales, modes, etc. They’re the same notes no matter what instrument you play them on – so I’m just using the same techniques I use on guitar of connected scales to chord shapes, but playing them on mandolin.
Anton D says
Thanks Brian. I appreciate that a G chord is a G chord irrespective of the instrument but some chords, riffs, patterns, … lie easier under the fingers, according to the instrument. Up until now, I have not applied your “connectivity” approach to the mandolin (sidetracked with the guitar for moment) and tend to use only two positions, if that, for blues tunes. And of course, G, A and D are the keys that are the most user-friendly keys on the mandolin.
I look forward to see what progress you have made sometime in the future.
Robert C says
Hello, and glad to be a new member.
I have a lot to learn, so I apologize if this is a dumb question:
I’m just getting started learning the blues and have learned about the12 bar blues form, but this seems to be something different. Is this an 8 bar composition? I’m not sure if I’m counting properly.
Thank you for all you do!
Hey Rob, you’re correct, this is an 8 bar composition.
So cool. Thanks.
San Luis Rey says
I enjoy all your lessons but the ones you have been doing with the Martin lately just put a smile on my face! Have you shared how you came by this guitar?
Hey Mike, nothing special really – just walked into a guitar store.. saw it. tried it out and realized that I HAD to have it 🙂 It felt special
Hi Brian im back subscribeing and just wanted to say how much I liked your micro lessons. I hope you do a lot more !!!!
Fantastic Brian, simple but very cool you could really expand on this
Eddie M says
In a word ……….. Great !!!!!!!!!!!!
Jonny R says
Fairly easy to pick up… and lots of fun to play, cheers Brian
old man says
Hey Brian ! This lesson really hit home for me, very very cool!! Would it be possible to do a follow up lesson to ML208 ? Possibly a little harder
or pertaining to it?
James C says
Brian, I don’t know how you do it. This is a great tune, fun and easy to memorize and add to my collection of playable songs. It is a great way to practice improvising. Thank You. JamesC.
Raymond P says
Another great micro lesson Mike.
Just awesome ! Could you expand this theme on your Friday lessons ?
nice country bluegrass lesson!
Vincent P says
Love your lessons Brian. Now my challenge is to put some lyrics to these compositions!
Thanks for all you do. I really love logging on and seeing the new material weekly.
Bosc T says
Merci beaucoup Brian
David P says
These micro lessons are great, I feel that I have at least a good chance of learning these And they are things I want to know. The full songs are great too, just takes me much longer to learn.
I hope you will continue with these!
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Iman A says
Hi Brian. Thanks for this great Micro Country Blues Lesson, exactly great like Grand Canyon
Douglas O says
Thank you for all your good work Brian. I have been a strummer for while now and this is just the level I need to coax me into trying something new and to add variety to my repertoire.
Rob p says
Hey Brian! Just want you to know how much I enjoy learning from the lessons. I play every day and have improved so much with your lessons. I especially like being able to slow the music tabs down! Keep up the good work and take care!
FRANCK V says
Very addictive indeed! You are bringing me to country music.
Thomas L says
Hey there Brian,
Became a full member a few weeks back and started learning this ML. Learning to play guitar all over again. Where do you suggest I start from here? Thomas
The little lick in the beginning of part 2 is also used similarly by Cat Stevens in Wild World right before the chorus
Stephen C says
Well…. stuff just keeps getting better, I keep busting these out for my teacher who has been playing for 50+ years, he always says “well that’s cool!”.
Rawle L says
Hello Brian you are great I have watch you over years AND HAD ALWAYS LIKE YOR Style of teachI have learned a lot. I wonder IF you can go off grid a bit And show me how to play the lead to Red River valley an old cowboy song some people call it red river rock thanks brian.
David R says
What gauge of strings are you using on that darling martin in this lesson
Dale G says
Brian, beginning on beat 2 of bar 8, I see a F double sharp instead of the G which correctly sits in the C chord. Yes, I know the F double sharp is the same enharmonically but it isn’t correct. Is there something I am missing?
Douglas C says
SURE DID ENJOY THIS ONE!
Jeffery E says
Hey Brian, what model is that Martin acoustic guitar you are playing, here on Micro Lesson (ML028) Just curious ! Jeff
Richard C says
Thoroughly enjoy your micro lessons. I’m relatively new to your guitar lessons. You have an excellent platform. Easy to navigate and wonderful material for all levels of guitar players.
Rich F says
Just discovered this cool lesson, after Dave posted it on the July 2021 monthly challenge.
Brilliant lesson: love it! I was just trying to work out the scale that the licks were coming from, and then Charjo enlightened me: G Minor pentatonic. Thanks, Charjo!
I notice that Old Man has asked for a follow up lesson, something a littel harder. Try EP131: that is a great country song in this vein… but quite a bit harder…
Thurman M says
Another great micro lesson. Thanks!
Richard C says
Enjoy the micro lessons.