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🎸Blues Guitar 102 – 12 Bar Blues

Let’s have a little more fun this week.

Last week I mentioned that if you are into rock, country, jazz, R&B, Pop, etc., the roots can be traced, at least in part, to the blues.

It is so much fun to play!

Last week I talked about the 16 Bar blues.

In case you missed it, here is the link to the blog and video:

Introduction to Blues Guitar for Beginners: 16 Bar Blues

The next one I want to show you is the 12 Bar Blues which is almost the same thing – except it is a little shorter.

I also wanted to give a little more detail with regards to how you count the bars.

12 Bar Blues is the first actual thing I learned on guitar.

I hope it is fun for you too!

Grab your guitar and go!

Here is the link:

How to Play 12 Bar Blues on Guitar

Rock on until the next time!

How to Deal with One of the Major Struggles on Guitar

So, recently I posted a question on several social media groups for guitar and came up with some interesting answers.

What was the question you ask?

It was this:

“What is the #1 thing you struggle with on guitar?”

And wow, there were some struggles! Many of them I can relate to…

My guess is you do too.

Do you want to guess what was the #1 struggle?

Several hundred comments collectively came my way and it took some time to gather them all.

Here was the top struggle:

Strumming.

Yeah, that was it. How about you?

See, I think that no matter where you are in your playing journey, you will encounter some kind of strumming issue. And yes, that includes you more advanced players!

It could be anything from trying to get a simple downstrum technique right to some complicated, off time, rhythmic strumming piece of music.

But everyone had one thing in common: they just wanted to get it right.

I have taught many people at all levels of experience and ability.

I am here to tell you that no matter where you are in your playing: you can overcome whatever your are struggling with in your strumming and achieve some awesome results!

Really.

Most of us simply need some kind of direction. Then, we need a plan of action.

I suppose you can do it on your own. I know I did a long time ago and it took a long time to get it right.

Most of us need someone to help direct us whether that be from a video, a course, or a teacher.

I would encourage you to find someone or someplace to help you with that. It will make your journey so much easier and fun!

Get a lesson or grab a course or find a cool guy on You Tube that knows what he is doing and stick with it.

And then Practice! There is no substitute for that.

For many of you beginners, there is this cool guy on You Tube that has some videos to help with your strumming (you KNEW this was coming, ha!).

This is one of my favorites to teach beginners: Night Moves by Bob Seger. But seriously, if that isn’t your song, just go to the Playlist: Easy Acoustic Guitar Strumming Songs and find something to work on. It will make your life better!

A Couple Fun Songs to Play

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words.” — Victor Hugo

“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.” — Frank Zappa

“I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.” — Jimi Hendrix

Here are a couple of fun songs to play.

Working Man (Rush)

Believe it or not, there are some Rush songs that you don’t need a music degree from Berkeley to play! 🙂

Rush has been my favorite band since I was a kid.

I even play in a Rush tribute band in the Chicago area (Animation a Tribute to Rush – check it out: https://atributetorush.com/)

However, I can tell you that some songs aren’t really out of reach for many of you.

Working Man is one of them.

In fact, there are a number of my beginning students that actually are making great progress with this song (even on acoustic guitar!).

And, even if Rush isn’t your main band, you can still learn a lot by figuring out how to play this song.

Here ya go!

Working Man

Here’s the TAB that contains the main parts: Working Man TAB

Day Tripper

Beatles songs are timeless. It seems that every generation at least knows about their songs (seen the movie Yesterday yet? Go see it!)

So, it is always a good idea to have some Beatles songs in your back pocket to play.

Here is a video on how to play the main riff to the song Day Tripper.

Here is the TAB to the lick: Day Tripper TAB

I hope this helps make you more successful in your playing!Have fun!

Rock on until the next time!