Blues Guitar Lessons FIRST rule: It's OK to be sad. Really.
"Gotta pay your dudes if you want to sing the blues and you know it does not come easy," as Ringo Starr once sang. If there's one thing universal about human nature is that we all experience the blues, we all have our own share of sadness and heartbreak. If you're a Mr. happy-go-lucky, go sing a jo-bros song. The blues is not for you. Did a girl leave you for another man, or … another woman? Did you lose your dog? Did you drop your lucky penny down the sewer? Maybe the 7-11 down the street stopped carrying your favorite slushee flavor.
Dig down, dig deep, and find your sadness. You can sing the blues.
Blues Guitar Lessons SECOND rule: Get a GUITAR
Blues accordion players just do not make it big you know? Ever heard of a blues cellist? Me neither. Chances are though, you already have a guitar. It's the weapon of choice of the heart broken is not it? You probably GOT a guitar because you were sad about something. Nothing like a six string box to pour your heart through. Something about the twang of the strings just tells you, yeah, I feel your pain.
Add your heartbreak to that guitar, you're on your way to sing the blues.
Blues Guitar Lessons THIRD rule: Learn the blues scales.
Surprised this is not the first rule? This is the technical side of things. You've got the blues, you've got a guitar – now you need to learn the scales. Those distinctive, southern, pre-Elvis post gospel scales. When it comes down to it, there are only 3 chords you really need to master. Every blues song consists of three chords. They're the one the four and the five. Most blues men use EA and B, some prefer AD and E, or GC and D, played in the 7th.
Bla bla bla sixth this seventh that augmented this diminished that. What the heck am I talking about? Look, you need to get yourself a guitar tutor to show you the scales. They will not help your broken heart, they will not buy you a guitar … but if you got those first two covered, then all you need to do is learn the scales right?
These days, the easiest way to do that, to start your blues guitar lessons, is to download Jamorama, or Guitar Guru, or Music Master Pro – instead of hiring a teacher. There's probably a dozen or more other programs you can download that will show you the blues scales (or jazz scales, rock scales). They run about $ 20 to 50, depending on how in depth and how much you want to learn (still cheaper than hiring a tutor). You can read about the programs I like HERE .
Get to it. Someone needs to tell the world about the puppy you lost.