Blues guitar is one of the most influential guitar genres, therefore the best blues guitarists had a significant impact and influence on our music today. Ever since the end of the 19th century when the African-American communities of the Southern US started playing and singing the blues, it has affected and shaped other musical genres as well, including Jazz and Rock and Roll. Blues can be split into several subgenres as well, best known perhaps are the Delta, Piedmont, Jump and Chicago blues styles.

Got the blues?

Got the blues?

As such, the best blues guitarists were shaping the music of tomorrow, without them knowing it. Music affects our mood, mindset, and everything about us, therefore these influential blues guitarists shaped society as well. Have you ever heard anybody saying, "I've got the blues"? 🙂

Here is a thorough, but by no means complete list of the best blues guitarists who helped shape and influence music. This is my own list, so if you have any additions, feel free to comment at the bottom of the post. While you read, play this to get you into the mood: 

And if you get the sudden urge to listen to some more blues, go ahead and check out my favorite blues albums:

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I've written loads on learning blues guitar, but never really talked about how you can feel the blues 🙂

You've probably noticed that blues guitarists absolutely love their job. Their face says it all. I mean if you've ever been to a blues bar with real blues musicians, or have seen BB King when he hits the sweet spot on those bends, now thats really something. I will actually go as far as say that watching blues musicians perform is as great as the music they make.

And if you've been wondering what sort of facial expressions you'll want to learn to become a blues musician, have a look at Bruno Lucia demonstrate:

There are several types of blues guitar rhythm styles to play around with when you start experimenting with the blues. Some of them will be more characteristic of what you already know to be the blues, and in others, you will hear similarities with other genres. Here are you basic blues rhythm styles:

Feel the blues...

Feel the blues...

  • Shuffle
  • Straight-four
  • 12/8
  • Two-beat
  • 16 feel

All of these blues rhythm styles provide a distinct feel to the music you are playing. Let's have a look at these rhythm patterns in detail, with examples from some popular blues songs.
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If you like listening to blues, if you like the style of BB King, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others, you'll be happy to hear that learning to play blues guitar is one of the easiest specialized genres to grasp hold of quickly.

Once you reach an intermediate level of expertise, you'll be able to play the blues without any problems after taking some blues guitar lessons.

Blues is king!

Blues is king!

Are you surprised? Most people are! The fact is that blues is truly one of the easiest of genres to master on the guitar. You don't need to play it super fast, the techniques are not overly complicated, and you don't need to have a PhD in music theory. So what makes it great?  The thing that makes the blues one of the most liked genres is the style! You digin' me baby? Blues players are just plain cool and fun to watch. They get totally tangled up in their music, each note giving them jitters, which they express very physically as well.
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Learning to play blues guitar is awesome, since it's one of the easiest genres to master on the guitar. Because of this, and the fact that playing the blues is fun and expressive, many beginner-intermediate guitarists choose to learn the blues. And yes, it is possible at an early stage already.

Blues Mastery

Blues Mastery

To start playing the blues, one of the most fundamental things you'll need to know is what a 12-bar blues progression actually is. This short blues guitar lesson will introduce you to the 12 bar blues form, the chords you'll need to play, and the order you'll be playing the chords in.

First off, let's have a look at the chords you'll play with a 12 bar blues progression. You may, or may not be familiar with the popular I-IV-V chord progression. This dictates the chords you'll be playing in any given key. The way it works the following.

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The blues is one of my favorite genres on guitar, I teach it to students all the time. Why? Because it's easy and loads of fun. If you're at an intermediate level, you're already at a stage where you can play astonishing blues riffs and solos like BB himself if you know some basic blues guitar techniques.

Got the blues?

Got the blues?

And you know what, these blues techniques are mostly basic guitar techniques that you are probably familiar with already. If you can already play some of the more complicated songs in the guitar song lessons section of the site, you are at the stage where you might consider getting some blues guitar lessons, since you are already at the level where you could be playing the blues.

But enough rambling, here are the guitar techniques you'll need to master if you want to play blues:

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