Learn to Play The Blues

 Blues Guitar Lessons in Brisbane

Blues Guitar Lessons Brisbane - Andrew Scrivens guitar coach


Learning To Play The Blues 

When it comes to having fun playing the guitar, you can’t beat playing the blues! The two are really made for each other. Blues guitar lessons can reveal just how fun and expressive the blues-styles of guitar playing really are. Learning to play the blues teaches you fundamentals of theory and form that underly so many other genres. I have coached people at all levels of blues guitar-playing, covering beginners through to advanced students and on both the acoustic and electric guitars.


Electric Blues Guitar 

Derek Trucks - an amazing blues guitarist you can study in Blues Guitar LessonsHas an emphasis on improvisation and expressiveness using techniques such as string bending and vibrato. You will learn how to
play classic licks and riffs, solo like your favourite blues musicians, dial in great tones and hold a steady groove. Many students
want to understand and play like their favourite guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix or BB King. Blues Lessons can be structured around what your own desires and goals are.

For instance, if your ambition is to sound like BB King or Derek Trucks, then that’s what determines how we structure your lessons. But if it is to be able to improvise over all parts of the neck, then your lessons can be tailored for that goal.

Acoustic Blues Guitar 

Andrew Scrivens Guitar Lessons Brisbane (22 of 25)Again, the forms and chord progressions with acoustic blues playing will be the same as on electric guitar. Instead of going straight to solos though, you’ll pay more attention to keeping the rhythm and groove strong, either with a pick or by learning finger-style which involves training our thumbs to play a steady bass line while our fingers play simple melodies and/or chords. With acoustic blues lessons you can learn to simply play along with any 12-bar blues songs (think Elvis, classic rock’n’roll) through to sophisticated finger-style blues.




Acoustic blues is really fun and actually not difficult to learn as long as we learn each stage in the right order.




What Can You Learn In Blues Guitar Lessons?

  • All foundations on either acoustic and electric guitar- strumming techniques, soloing and technique development
  • Fingerstyle playing
  • Blues chords all over the fretboard and an understanding of how and when to use them [su_frame align=”right”]Learn to play just like BB King in Blues Guitar Lessons Brisbane[/su_frame]
  • Improvisation and jamming
  • Understand music theory- from the basics all the way up to everything you need to know to have complete freedom on the fretboard!
  • How to bend notes properly
  • Proper blues vibrato
  • Blues phrasing and licks
  • Any blues songs that you like
  • Playing in the style of: Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, BB King, John Mayer Trio, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Joe Bonamassa, Larry Carlton, Muddy Waters, Tommy Emmanuel, Derek Trucks… and many others!



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Demonstrations of Blues Techniques & Songs

Stevie Ray Vaughan – Pride and Joy

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This is an example of pretty typical acoustic blues shuffle which uses open chords, a solid groove (with a stomp box) and bass notes. Any melodic notes are played as a temporary departure from the groove which make a statement and then bring it back home. This was played on a Cole Clark FL2.


John Mayer Trio – Come When I Call

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An example of a standard 12-bar blues in G, played on electric guitar using a John Mayer custom strat into a fender twin reverb preset on the Axe Fx 2. It is improvised over dominant 9th chords which have a jazzy feel. You my want your Blues Guitar lessons to cover this style of soloing which is very smooth and nuanced.


Eric Clapton – Hey Hey  

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This is an acoustic blues guitar song that demonstrates playing the bass notes with the thumb while the fingers play the melodic and chordal parts on top. It also sounds particularly strong when accompanied by a stomp-box or kick drum sound. Acoustic Blues Guitar lessons will cover how to develop thumb independence and stomp box skills for the ultimate solo rhythm section!




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