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Fundamentals of Acoustic Blues


Bass and First Two Riffs

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This next series of lessons will focus on what I think are the fundamentals of acoustic blues playing. If you already play a little guitar (and even if you don't) you will get ideas for how to play a steady bass and holding a simple groove. We also focus on a couple licks that you may find useful to incorporate into your playing. I hope you enjoy this next lesson series, especially designed for the absolute beginner.

Thank you.

Corey

 

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Corey Harris
Acoustic Blues
Fundamentals

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Loop 0:22 Introduction to the Fundamentals of Acoustic Blues

Loop 1:01 The Bass as the Foundation

Loop 3:10 Bass and First Riff

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Loop 5:54 E Pentatonic in Open Position

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Loop 6:58 Practice Loop of Bass with First Riff

Loop 7:45 2nd Riff

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Loop 8:54 Closing Thoughts and What to Practice

 

 

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Steve Brown
Steve Brown Oct 02, 2018

 

Hi Mr. Harris,

 

I would like to thank you one more time for spending time with us at SMC the morning of you show there. (I was the guy standing in the corner warring the baseball cap.) Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to see your show as all the student tickets were sold out by the time I got there. So in the ideal of teaching a man to fish, I will study from your depth of knowledge and see what I can catch onto.

 

Thanks again and looking forward becoming a much better blues guitar player from your lessons!

 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Oct 04, 2018

Greetings and thanks for your words here. I'm very honored. It was great being at SMC...sorry you were not able to get in.

Welcome to sonic junction...feel free to post videos, comment, etc. If you have any questions please contact me here and I'll get back to you. Have fun! 

claudia
claudia May 06, 2017

Thank you, Corey.   Your lessons warm this ole gal's heart and bring me back home.

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jun 09, 2017

thank you very much.

Smellssea
Smellssea Jan 28, 2016

Thanks for good lesson!@

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Feb 03, 2016

Thanks for watching.

William DeRaymond
William DeRaymond Dec 31, 2015

Thanks Corey! 

 

 

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jan 05, 2016

Thanks to you also William.

Jano Osorio
Jano Osorio Dec 27, 2015

Greetings Sensei! I'm quite new around both guitar playing and Sonic Junction.  I found this lesson particularly inspiring, so here's my first shot at the blues' fundamentals.  I'd greatly appreciate your feedback, which, for sure, will enlighten my path.  Cheers!

Bob Piscura
Bob Piscura Dec 29, 2015

Great job Jano, I wish you were around here in Floida so I could jam with you on harp!

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Dec 30, 2015

Greetings Jano and thank you for your post.  You have a great ear for detail and your guitar sounds great.  You have a steady bass and you dont rush the tempo.  NIce job.  I would suggest that you try experimenting the hammer on with your left index finger.  Instead of hammering on just oncein that little space of time, try a faster hammer on (two or three times) in that same space in time.  I hope this makes sense.  Keep up the good work.

Jano Osorio
Jano Osorio Jan 06, 2016

Hi Bob and thanks for your good wishes.  Unfortunately I live quite far away... Greetings from Santiago, Chile!

Jano Osorio
Jano Osorio Jan 06, 2016

Hi Corey and thank you very much for your comments!  Regarding the hammering, it definitely gives an extra nice taste to the exercise. I'll keep practicing on it.  And regarding my next step on the path of acoustic blues, I'll definitely go for the BASS RUNS AND A SIMPLE SHUFFLE, plus a tune in the key of E with some Chicago shuffle to it... Trouble in Mind looks like a good start.  I'll keep you posted and thanks again for your kind reply!!

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Jan 11, 2016

That sounds great.  Keep up the good work.

 
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