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Learning Guitar: Easy blues for beginner guitar players

Are you a beginner guitar player that is looking for an easy blues song to play? Or maybe you’re totally new to learning guitar and are looking to learn how to play anything on the guitar.

Well in today’s guitar lesson, I’m going to teach you “how to play the blues” for beginner guitar players.

To play an easy blues guitar riff, you will only need to use 2 fingers. Yes it is that easy. This blues guitar riff has been used in thousands of songs including “Johnny B. Goode,” “Pride and Joy”, “Keep your hands to Yourself”, and “Rock and Roll”. Is that an impressive enough list for you?

Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s learn one of the most used guitar riffs in history. Below is how to play this blues riff in the key of A.

When playing this blues guitar riff, use your 1st finger on the 2nd fret, and your 3rd finger on the 4th fret. Always keep your 1st finger down on the fret, even when you play the note located on the 4th fret. By doing this, you will be able to play faster and cleaner, due to less motion of your hand.

Practice this guitar riff everyday until you can play it perfectly in time with the beat.


3 Responses to Learning Guitar: Easy blues for beginner guitar players

  1. John Obrotka September 23, 2011 at 2:02 PM #

    I have some guitar skills but I want a crash course in learning all around rock, blues, etc. Can you steer me in the right direction. I have an Epiphone Les Paul Custom. John

  2. Bruce A June 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM #

    I’m so new, I don’t even get this instruction completely. Sure can’t read the musical notes symbols. The “Tab”. Is this another way to read the classical notes above it or just a fingering guide? Do you strum all six strings with the right hand and just vary the left hand fingers on the fret? See? Told you I was as green as green can be!

    • LibertyGeek July 24, 2013 at 3:41 PM #

      A tab represents the strings and frets on the neck. The lines represent the strings starting at the bottom (EADGBe) In the tab above you would strum an open A and a D fretted at the 2nd fret. Hope that makes sense.

      Example: E-Maj chord


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