Beginners Program

Blues Guitar Program (Group Course)

Level: BEGINNERS – PROGRAM 1

Duration: 10 weeks once a week 60 minutes lesson

Requirements: a basic knowledge of the guitar.: Basic chords, basic notes.

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Overview:

Guitarists who know the blues have a natural advantage over those that don’t. No matter what style they chose to play – jazz, rock, classical – having a blues background provides guitarists with a foundation in form, control, feel and harmonies that can be used to advance their playing in any genre of music. Blues Guitar Workshop begins by teaching the 12-bar blues harmony, basic rhythm guitar technique, and the pentatonic and blues scale in the open position of the neck. You’ll learn to incorporate some of the nuances of the masters into your playing – from doubling the bass over a shuffle in the style of Buddy Guy, to combining major and minor pentatonic scales in the style of B.B. King and T-Bone Walker. You’ll learn to re use the concepts and musical elements to expand your musical foundation and enhance your ability, whether you’re trying to bring a Blues sound to your playing or adding more depth and feel to any other style.

 

In this course you will:

 

  • Learn to play several styles of rhythm guitar, and solo over 8 and 12-bar progressions in E, G, and other keys. Tempos and grooves, including shuffles, straight eighth, and slow blues.
  • Play pentatonic and blues scales in 5 positions, and use those fingerings while soloing.
  • Play turnarounds, use solo pacing, call and response techniques.
  • Play examples and progressions from several styles of blues, including Chicago blues, Texas Blues, West Coast Blues.
  • Learn the techniques and licks of classic and modern stylists, such as T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ronnie Earl, whether you’re trying to get a blues sound to your playing, or interested in adding more depth to your own style.

 

Basic Elements (BEGINNER LEVEL)

Recognition of the basic elements.

Lesson 1:

-Tuning

-Left Hand.

Getting a Grip – Left Hand

Fingers 1-2-3-4

-Right Hand.

Holding the pick.

Positioning the right hand for rhythm and lead

Exercises to improve and educate your fingers.

Homework

Lesson 2:

-Open Notes. Notes over the Neck

-Basic Music Notation. Tablature

Exercises + homework

 

Lesson 3:

-Fast identification of notes

-Concept “Primary Note”

 

Blues Progressions, Song Forms and Moves

Recognizing the structure of a blues song Playing the 12-bar blues

Divided into three lessons

 

Lesson 4:

-Blues basic concepts

-Concept I-IV-V
-12 bars Blues

Exercises + homework

 

Lesson 5:

-Listening exercises

Recognizing the Big Dogs: Primary Key Families and their chords

 

Lesson 6:

The turnaround

 

Lesson 7/8:

Playing Lead. Pentatonic Scales (1)

Discover the pentatonic scale. Basic improvisation using the Minor Pentatonic Scale

Pentatonic minor. Position 1-2-3-4-5

Application in Blues.

Exercises + homework

 

Lesson 9/10:

Playing rhythm Chords (1)

Play the basics chords used in Blues.
-Majors. Minors. Dominants
-Power Chords

Exercises + homework

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