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Easy Steps to Acoustic Blues Guitar Pt 2

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  • Chapter 1 9:53

    Chapter 1

    In this video, Happy shows us the "steady thumb", then taking things to the next level skill wise.

  • Chapter 2 8:26

    Chapter 2

    Happy shows us some more slide techniques and how to really work the thumb and other fingers to get that classic blues sound.

  • Chapter 3 12:22

    Chapter 3

    Happy shows us a song "Baby Please Don't Go", which only has one chord. He plays it and then focuses on each part and helps you learn it for yourself. Happy uses the capo and a few other techniques that you'll want to check out.

  • Chapter 4 13:04

    Chapter 4

    In this video Happy shows us a song he learned from "Lighning Hopkins". This one involves more than one chord, but he slows it all down and gets you familiar with the tune and all its parts.

  • Chapter 5 11:07

    Chapter 5

    Happy shows us the blues scale (in the key of E) that he used in "Baby Please Don't Go". He focues on each note while showing us the steady bass that the tune keeps with the thumb. Happy then shows us "breaking up the chords", and a few other things that he learned along the way.

  • Chapter 6 14:04

    Chapter 6

    This video focues on the bass side of things and the different rhythms that you'll hear in all types of music.

  • Chapter 7 11:44

    Chapter 7

    Happy gets into the high altitudes of fret board. You learn those fun high notes you'll hear in blues solos and melodies while getting a better handle on the blues guitar as a whole.

  • Chapter 8 11:35

    Chapter 8

    Happy talks about a 6-2-5 Progression, helps us understand what it is, and how to play it inside of your blues progressions. Happy signs off and plays some blues before ending.

Product Overview

So you want to play the blues? Well, veteran guitarist, instructor and Homespun Tapes founder Happy Traum offers the very best way for you to get started!

In part 2 of this basic course in fingerstyle blues guitar, Happy breaks it all down into easily digested topics for novice players. You'll start by learning the basic blues forms and getting them securely under your belt. Then, Happy provides a number of "easy steps" that will build up your guitar technique, increase your understanding of the style, and help you develop the ability to start playing great blues songs.

Some of these steps include learning basic blues chords, syncopated strumming patterns, 12-bar and 8-bar blues progressions, bass runs, and more than a dozen variations for the all-important blues turnarounds, intros and endings. As you work your way through this lesson, Happy imparts numerous tips, suggestions and invaluable information about music theory and musicianship that will affect all of your guitar work.

As you conquer each of these basic steps, your playing will get stronger and more confident, and you'll be well on your way to becoming an accomplished blues guitarist.

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