14 Day Beginners Guitar Challenge – 6 TWELVE BAR BLUES

14 Day Beginners Guitar Challenge Day 6
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LESSON SIX INSTRUCTIONS

  • You’re nearly half way, contiue to write up your practice and work in your workbook.
  • Lesson six introduces you to the ever popular twelve bar blues.
  • Listen to your day six audio file.
  • Watch and download the videos and learn the material as well as you can.
  • Download your “Day Six” additional learning PDF.

LESSON SIX CONTENTS

  1. You will learn about the form and how to play twelve bar blues.
  2. You will put this to good use with a song that almost everyone knows!

 

WHY LEARN HOW TO PLAY A TWELVE BAR BLUES?

Apart from the fact that it sounds brilliant, you should learn how to play the twelve bar blues as it’s used in literally thousands of songs. From the birth of rock and roll, the blues has been used as the template for hits throughout the decades that follows. The blues is definitely something you want to learn inside out and in this lesson, Gary Clinton

twelve bar blues
Lesson seven details playing a twelve bar Blues.

will take you through several important aspects of the progression.

Here is the good news, you only need to learn three chords to play the entire progression! With just these three chords, you’ll be able to perform hundreds of songs. Songs that are created using three chords and in many cases the these songs use the form of a blues are often referred to as a three chord trick.

WHAT ARE THE BACKING TRACKS ABOUT?

The backing tracks have been provided to help you actually have a (sort of) backing band to play with. Playing on your own is fine, however, actually having to play in time with drums and bass will really help you get the feel of the blues quicker. We have two examples of the same backing track, one played straight and the other with a swing feel. Gary will explain everything that you need to know in the video above.

Okay, rather than go on, you should actually watch the video and then start to play with the backing tracks. Look at the Power Chords lesson which you can apply directly to these backing tracks. You can also work with the Learning Guitar Riffs lesson. Finally, make sure you check out all our books from GMI at our Guitar Books For Sale.

 

BACKING TRACKS

In this play along you will be jamming to a straight rhythm feel.

In this play along you will be jamming to a swing rhythm feel.

SUPPORT & LET’S SEE & HEAR YOU

If you haven’t added any activity to the Beginners Group (opens in new tab) then now would be a great time to introduce yourself and be part of our forum.

We and other guitarists want to see your progress, that’s why we would encourage you to film yourself playing one of the songs you have learned and add the video to our Beginners Forum (opens in new tab).

If you do have any questions, contact a GMI tutor by clicking the button at the top of this page. No matter how small a request, if we can help you we will.

We are always open to constructive criticism, comments are open below.

Good luck with the quiz and onward to DAY 6 meaning you are almost at the half way point.

 

Lesson tags: how to play blues, learning a 12 bar blues, twelve bar blues
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