Blues Guitar Lessons – One Of The Best Ways To Learn How To Play Blues Guitar

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Has it always been a dream of yours to be able to play a musical instrument?   Are you interested in learning how to play a certain style of guitar playing called the blues?   Up until recently, it was difficult to find qualified instructors who could teach in this style of music.  As the Internet continues to grow, it is now possible to find blues guitar lessons.  Your best bet in learning how to play the guitar in this style would actually be through online instruction.

Blues music can be traced to the early 20th century, deep southern section of the United States.  Blues has its origins with the spiritual chants, work songs and ballads associated with the African-American community.  Blue music, like jazz is characterized by its specific chord progression within the compositions.  The “12 bar” is the most common of these chord progressions found in blues music.   The actual “blue note” within the progression is played or sung slightly flattened, (or “bent”) in relation to the pitch of the major scale.   

So, as you can tell blues guitar music would be quite different from other styles:  acoustic rock, country, or even classical guitar.   If you desire to become proficient in playing the blues, seeking the right instruction is paramount to your eventual success.   Not every guitar instructor can play, let alone even understand the blues.  Would you want to learn the blues guitar from some teacher who is only familiar with folk guitar?   Only a certified blues guitar instructor would be able to teach you the instrument in this style.   


Interactive music programs can now be found on the internet.  The problem is that not all sites can even offer blues guitar lessons.   It is why you definitely need to take your time and do the research before you commit even one penny for lessons.   Find an online music program that specifically states that blues guitar lessons are offered.  Read the testimonials of students who have successfully been taught how to play in the blues style.  The site’s instructors must be certified at both playing the instrument well, and in teaching students how to play in this particular style of guitar.  Remember, blues is not the same as rock, or folk guitar.  Only blues guitar would include instruction related to the fundamental melodic, chord progression, and “licks” associated with this genre.  With the proper instruction, only then would you progress and eventually master the instrument.

Since you have an interest in blues guitar, you undoubtedly know of one of the most famous 20th century musicians who played the instrument: B.B. King.   King’s most popular and well-known song is entitled:  “The Thrill is Gone”, which was a Grammy-award winning composition.  This song once simultaneously topped both the pop and R & B charts, back in the late 1950′s.  You may also know of the group “Led Zeppelin”.  The group is commonly known as one of the greatest rock bands of all-time.  Educated and expert music critics understand, however, that several of “Zeppelin’s” more famous compositions, (particularly the song “Dazed and Confused”) have strong elements of the blues melodically and harmonically ingrained within the chord progressions.  

Blues guitar lessons are available on the internet.  It would be considered one of the best ways in learning how to play the instrument.  You need to find the appropriate music program however that offers lessons in this genre.  There is a site that has successfully taught students blues guitar from all over the world.  For more information, please visit this site at:

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I have always been a life-long lover of music. I majored in music while in college, and earned both my Bachelors’ and Masters’ Degrees.  Learning how to play an instrument should be something that any person would want to pursue.  Whether you have an interest in learning how to play the drums, guitar, trumpet, or cello; the instrument that you choose should be a representation of your inner self.  Playing an instrument has been proven to medically lower stress in the body.   Playing an instrument well would improve your self-esteem.  It requires dedication, effort, and desire to really excel on any instrument.  It is my hope to make you aware on the importance that music can be within your life.  Every person should not let the opportunity pass by, as being able to play an instrument can prove itself rewarding throughout a lifetime.

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