Blues Guitar Course Guide

A guide to the courses contained in the Blues Path for learning lead blues guitar and rhythm

I recommend you start with the courses below for learning how to improvise blues lead guitar. They are listed below in the order you should work through them.

Beginner Slow Blues Lead

In this course you will learn the concepts and techniques used for playing soulful slow blues lead guitar. How to find notes all over the fretboard, playing the 12 bar blues, minor pentatonic scales, bending, vibrato, slides, and more are covered.

Blues Guitar Method 1

This Course will train you to hear and see where scales and patterns are all over the fretboard. Say goodbye to only using this first position Minor Pentatonic scale. While it’s a great scale to use, you can’t solely depend on this one pattern.

Blues Guitar Method 2

Learn what notes work over each chord in a dominant 7th and minor 12 bar blues. After completing this course you will have the knowledge that will give you many options of what you can play over a 12 bar blues.

Learning Blues Rhythm Guitar

I recommend you start with the courses below to learn how to play blues rhythm guitar. They are listed below in the order you should work through them.

Chord Theory and Rhythm

In this course you will learn how to play the essential elements of improvising blues rhythm guitar. Let’s face, it rhythm can be hard but achieving a fluid rhythm sound is achievable by learning the correct foundation.

Blues Rhythm Guitar Pt 2

In this course you will continue learning about the key aspects of playing blues rhythm guitar including that Texas blues sound often heard played by SRV, ZZ Top, Johnny Winter, and more.

Chord Embellishments

In this course you’ll learn the techniques and concepts that are needed to play the style of rhythm guitar that you’ll hear in tunes such as, “The Wind Cries Mary” and “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix.

Texas Walking Blues

Learn the concepts and techniques to walk bass lines when playing rhythm guitar ala Pride and Joy and beyond. You’ll also learn the muting techniques that will stop all those pesky open strings from ringing out when trying to play this highly technical style.

Next Steps

Once you have worked through all of the above courses, you will then be ready to learn any of the Supplement, Play Like Courses, or Video Podcast Solos that are on the site. The next step in playing great blues guitar is learning different styles of blues rhythm, licks, and solos.

You are not required to complete all of the above courses before you start working on any of the solos on the site but I would start with the Courses above as they cover the main concepts and techniques you need to know to be able to understand blues lead and rhythm improvising. While you are working through the Courses above it’s a good idea to add a few solos that interest you from the Supplements or Video Podcast lessons.