Have you ever listened to the kings of blues, and wished you could play blues guitar as well? Well, you can, it's fairly simple actually.
Today, I want to talk a bit about one of my favorite genres, and the dream of many beginner guitarists, playing blues guitar.
First off, I need to say that I absolutely love playing the blues, just like loads of my guitarist friends. Dissecting the reasoning behind it sort of takes away its beauty, but if I had to give my opinion on why so many people love playing blues guitar, I would have to say that it's because it is a very expressive style, and the techniques you use while playing blues, the big bends, rich vibratos, cheeky slides, all make the music very deep, spiritual and just plain fun to play.
Having a look at BB King when he hits that sweet spot on the bends, well, it says it all.
Learning the Blues is Fairly Easy
So what do you need to do to learn the blues? Not much actually! In my honest opinion, I think it's one of the easiest styles to play on the guitar, which is great news for beginner-intermediate players.
If you are already somewhat familiar with basic lead guitar techniques, you could be playing the blues very soon, you just need to learn the tricks of the trade, combine it with a hint of music theory, and you could be improvising to blues backing tracks very quickly. Yes, not a mistake, you'll be IMPROVISING, making up your own music on the fly. Cool no?
Blues Guitar Spotlight
Now if you've been reading my letters and have been watching my beginner guitar lessons, you'll know that I never praise any other guitar courses, simply because I think most of them don't hit the quality standards required to learn in the most effective way possible. BUT recently someone called my attention to a new course called Blues Guitar Spotlight, which definitely deserves my praise as well. I was given a demo and the lesson outline of the course, and I must say, hats off to the creators.
Blues Guitar Spotlight is totally different from most other courses. It is a DVD video course that comes shipped to your doorway, and consists of 6 DVDs, a book, and a jam track DVD-CD hybrid. The instructor, Steve Krenz does an exceptional job of explaining everything you need to start playing the blues quickly, in a step-by-step manner, tailored to the needs of beginner guitarists. The video editing is very professional in nature as well, and they have added on screen tabs to make the lessons easy to follow.
The only negative I could find was that it is not available as an instant download, it only comes in DVD format, so you have to wait a couple of days until it arrives.
The lesson plan is very well put together, taking you from the very basics, and advancing as you progress through the videos. It teaches not just a couple of blues riffs and techniques, but also the underlying theory as well, which is what guarantees that you'll be able to start improvising to blues jam tracks very soon after starting the course.
As I said, I find most other guitar courses somewhat shallow, not really catering to the needs of guitar students. A lot of courses just have a good guitarist showing off their skills, and then trying to teach without much regard to the fact that beginners won't understand their lightning explanations of more complex guitar concepts and techniques.
But Blues Guitar Spotlight is different. It's really good, I'm almost jealous 😉 It costs more than online lessons, but since you get the DVDs and other things shipped to your door, the price is fair.
Start Learning the Blues
So if you want to learn blues guitar, you should definitely check out the Steve Krenz's course, it comes with my highest recommendations (which comes very seldom). Blues Guitar Spotlight is perfectly suitable for inexperienced guitarists as well, since everything is explained in detail, step-by-step.
You'll see that after a very short time, you'll be playing along with backing tracks and making up bluesy licks and progressions as you please. Making your own music is undoubtedly one of the best things in the world, and it's not as hard as you would think with the blues.
There is a 60 day money back guarantee, which means that if you don't enjoy the lessons or don't find them useful, you'll get a full refund. But I'm 100% sure that won't be the case. Once you get into it, you'll love playing the blues!
So go ahead, have a look at Steve's site if you want to learn to play blues guitar, you won't regret it.