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Acoustic Blues Guitar Lesson

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Here is a 12 bar blues progression played in the key of E. It has a little bass line move in it too, to make it more fun to play. The chords used in a 12 bar blues in E are: E, A and B. Often we use E7, A7 and B7, because they sound "bluesier". Enjoy!

I used a Norman guitar for this lesson.

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Comments on this video lesson:

Cowboy said...

Great job as always !!!!! And yes we are all want an acoustic DVD set from you. Solo style, it seems like I always need a good song on the acoustic solo.

Comment added on June 27, 2014
NicolasA said...

Great job as always, Robert! I really dig that neat turnaround, and the way you jiggle the E chord is really fun-and-classy to display!
Thank you for this great lesson!

Comment added on August 18, 2012
George said...

Great stuff Robert. Thank you. I love those old, slow Negro spirituals that were often played on home made guitars way back when. People forget that they are the roots of both the Blues and Rock and Roll.

Comment added on June 15, 2012
Justin said...

Excellent video. I play it on an electric, and all I really need to work on is that B7 chord... Thanks Robert.

Comment added on October 11, 2011
Cluie said...

Nice lesson Robert, and a good choice of a blues progression. This kind of lesson is fairly easy to learn and a whole lot of fun plus once you get it down it sounds really advanced. A great motivator for an advanced beginner or intermediate guitar student. Also a good idea on the camera angle where you strum up the neck next to where you are fingering the chords and fills. A good sounding and visual lesson. I enjoyed it!

Comment added on July 08, 2011
Tom said...

Hi Robert,

Another great lesson (do you fancy tabbing the last flourish?!).

I have struggled with people like Skip James for ages - any chance of you looking in that direction?

Comment added on April 14, 2011
bill said...

I agree with what Ron said..would love to see you do an acoustic blues DVD.

Comment added on April 09, 2011
Marc Cerrato said...

Love the blues and the acoustic lessons that you do. Thanks for a great lesson.

Comment added on April 09, 2011
ron waters said...

Hi Robert --- thanks for the acoustic lesson, maybe you`ll do an acoustic blues D V D some time.

Comment added on April 09, 2011
Rex said...

Great lesson, Robert. Thanks so much for what you do. Camera angles were good too.

Comment added on April 08, 2011
Craig Fish said...

Excellent lesson Robert. Hope you had a good vacation.

Comment added on April 08, 2011

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