It’s not that kind of blues. Nobody here’s a candidate for Prozac. But if you want to be worthy of that guitar you’re holding, read on and let the blues be your guide.
Don’t give up on the blues
Hold on to your blues guitar chords and practice all the time. Eventually you’ll make your way to the Blues Jam with your guitar. The Blues Jam is the venue to show off your talent, and this all begins with the blues guitar chords. The magical blues guitar sound will come later.
Learning the blues guitar chords include a knowledge of the blues scales, blues runs, major third note, and other important fundamentals of the blues guitar. Understanding the entire process and system will equip the blues guitar player with the coveted improvisation skills.
Improvisation on the blues guitar chords can lead to other genres like rock, electrica, jazz, and rock ‘n roll. It is unfortunate that most beginners underestimate the blues. Everyone wants to go the easy route and start playing guitar solos, but that’s just wrong. To become a good guitar player and to even go halfway, the blues have to be experienced because the blues has it all.
Begin the blues
For their first lessons, beginners are given blues pieces by their instructors. This has basis, because the blues is the best place to start when you want to move forward with your guitar playing.
The basic blues guitar lessons involve the learning of the common blues introductions usually in the A key with alternates and variations. The melody and harmony lessons precede the blues rhythm. There are three primary chords frequently played in most blues the 1st, 4th, and 5th intervals or the 3 chords progression from a major scale. There will be several variations here. In the key of A, the triads are A, D, and E. For the key of B, it would be B, E, and F#.
Assuming you already have a background on guitar tablature and know the basic guitar chords, you will be introduced to blues guitar chords, such as the blues movable barre chords. When the first finger of the left hand presses all six strings across the fingerboard, the finger acts as a bar. You will then be able to move several of the open chords across the fingerboard. Other blues guitar chords are A 7 B, blues rhythm guitar in C, blues shuffle boogie in E, blues rhythm guitar in A, riffs, scales and runs. These are just a few of the blues guitar chords you can get from online guitar sites.
Some tips for better blues
Learning the blues guitar chords is learning how all these work together. So you have to learn the chords by groups or chord progressions. Constant practice will attune your ear to the different tones produced.
If you want a better sound when you play your blues guitar chords, use a guitar with big strings. Great blues guitarists prefer bigger frets too. This gives more space for their fingers, and there is less of a drag because there is minimal contact with the fingerboard.
Wear the slide on the finger you are comfortable with, but practice wearing it on the others too. If you are using a slide guitar, do not use a pick. It will be awkward initially but you will soon get used to it.
Freeing your music
When you have mastered the blues guitar chords, you will eventually develop flexibility and style. You can test the different blues guitar chords in different ways to create your own blues sound.
And yes, this blues will bring a smile on your face.
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