What do you need to do to learn blues guitar? 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.
And no, that's not a typo. You'll be IMPROVISING and making up your own music on the fly. Now how cool would that be? 🙂
I found many blues guitar courses available on the net, bought 4 which seemed worth the money, and narrowed the list of best blues guitar DVD courses down to 2 contenders, Blues Guitar Spotlight and Blues Guitar Blueprint.
Here are the details on both:
Blues Guitar Blueprint
This blues guitar course is by Nate Savage, who also made Beginner Guitar System, which is a beginner guitar DVD course. You can read more about that course in my post on guitar lesson DVDs.
Blues Guitar Blueprint is a terrific course, comprised of 2 lesson DVDs, 4 jam track CDs, and a lesson book. It is my pick for beginners.
UPDATE: A lot of people wanted to find out more about this course, so I prepared a video review of it, here you go:
As I said in the video, my students get a special discount off the course, in the form of free shipping. It all comes out to around a 15% discount off of the normal price 🙂
Learn and Master Guitar: Blues Guitar Spotlight
The Blues Guitar Spotlight is by Steve Krenz, who also made the famous Learn and Master Guitar DVD course.
It is a DVD video course that consists of 6 DVDs, a book, and a jam track DVD-CD hybrid. The instructor, Steve Krenz does a good 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 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.
Which Blues Guitar Lesson DVD Course to Choose?
I did watch them both, and would have to say that Nate Savage's Blues Guitar Blueprint would be my pick, since it will be easier for beginners, and he has a more motivating teaching style.
Both these courses are well thought out, present the material in a linear manner where each lesson builds on the previous, have great editing with on-screen diagrams, and the content of the courses are great and perfectly able to get you jammin' to the blues.
Yes, they are DVD based blues guitar lessons, so they cost money. But if you think about the fact that a private guitar teacher charges around $30-50/hour, you'll see that learning the blues via DVDs is much cheaper in the long run, and so much more effective than trying to find free lessons on YouTube.