How to start playing the Blues

How to start playing the Blues

Good day, gentlemen guitarists. In this article, which is essentially a lesson, we will focus on the Blues. Precisely how to begin to play, if You still do not know how. We now consider 2 things: improvisation and accompaniment. If You have never improvised — never mind, I’ll learn.

And we will begin, perhaps, with improvisation. To start, You need to learn the a minor pentatonic scales. Pentatonics — it’s this way or gamma, in which only 5 sounds. This lad is very often used in Blues guitar. In my opinion it’s easier just to start playing the Blues touches. This way:


First of all You need to learn the pentatonic scales Am (La minor). As you can see she played from the 5th fret of the sixth string to the 5th fret of the first string. You just need to memorize the fingering — the motion sequences of sounds on the guitar neck, or otherwise — figure fret on the guitar neck.

having Played the Am pentatonic scale, You are ready to start to improvise. You will do this to the accompaniment. But for starters I will say a few words about the principles of improvisation. Improvisation is the spontaneous game when You play everything that happens — as the hand will take. This process should take place when You disconnected the control of the consciousness. Try not to think about how to play. Just play within this scale, You just learned.

Now as for the accompaniment. Here I represent, in my opinion, one of the most common Blues chord structures:


Blues progression

You can record the accompaniment of yourself and improvise under him, and can get someone to play along with You. Not necessarily to play the accompaniment in this way, as shown in the figure. I just wanted to demonstrate how I go chords. Two beat goes fifths chord La. Then one clock cycle in D, then again return to La. Then Mi and D one time and again… two quantum La. Then everything is repeated. Improvise on the a minor pentatonic scale under the accompaniment.

In conclusion, I want to say something about the repetition. You may well think of a single motif, for example, the length of one beat. And play it all over accompaniment. Changing chords will give this motive the typical Blues flavor. Well, that’s all. If You more or less know how to play the guitar, the recommendations of this lesson is enough to get You started playing the Blues. Go for it!

Author: Paul Leontiev