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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!

🎸Blues Guitar 101

Let’s have a little fun this week.

Blues had a baby and she named it rock and roll.

It’s the first thing I ever learned on guitar.

If you are into rock, country, jazz, R&B, Pop, etc., the roots can be traced, at least in part, to blues.

It is so much fun to play!

I have a short Blues series on my You Tube channel. Here is one to start with.

It is a form of 16 bar blues, the first thing that I learned.

Check out the video and have fun!

Blues 101 – 16 Bar Blues

Rock on until the next time!

Guitar Finger Exercise Stretching

Guitar Finger Exercises: Stretching to a Song

Getting the fingers in shape using finger exercises should always be a top priority when learning and playing guitar.

I have a ton of exercises that I use with students to help them get their fingers in shape.

However, I think that some of the most fun ways of doing that are learning parts of songs.

For me, it keeps the interest going plus I will have learned a new song to boot!

Finger stretching is one of those things that you really need to keep up with as a guitarist.

There are many songs out there from blues to pop to prog that will require some degree of stretching the fingers. And, if you aren’t fully stretched out, you will have difficulty playing them.

Warm Up Exercise

So, when getting the fingers ready to even play these “stretchy” songs, you need to always warm up!

Let me repeat: always warm up!

This is so true before doing any stretchy type of riffs/songs on the guitar. But really, warm ups should always be a thing.

Do things like the following:

  • Do a chromatic scale warmup.
  • Go over a scale you are learning. Or one that you know that is a favorite.
  • Play some simple songs that you are familiar with.

What you could also do is go to a Guitar Gymnastics Course and take up on some exercises you can work out with. Just click on the link below, enter your email (don’t worry, no spam crap here. I’ll send you some more tips later if you want them, that’s it).

Start Stretching Exercises

After you warm up, you can work on those stretches!

Here is one article I wrote about this very subject that might help:

Guitar Finger Exercises: Stretch Your Way to Success

A “Guitar Exercise” Song for You

Now try this popular song to test your “stretchy-ness”.

Some of you might be ready for it.

Some of you might not. If that is you, don’t be intimidated by this song. It will simply take you longer but the journey will be oh, so worth it! In fact, I strongly encourage you to take it slow! Just work on one part of the riff until you have it. Then go to the next and so on. You have heard the saying that the greatest journey begins with a single step. Make this one one of your single steps!

Important: also, as you watch the video, be sure to watch how my left and right hands are positioned on the guitar. Specifically the wrist and thumbs. Are they bent or pressing in ways that are making it difficult? Do a self check on that. Watch how I am positioned and do your best to mimic what I am doing.

Ok, enough of that. Now on to the song. Here is the familiar riff to Message in a Bottle by The Police.

Have fun!

Grab the TAB here: Message In a Bottle TAB.

Note it says (Another) Guitar Finger Stretch.

I have another one that will be more challenging if you are up for it. Stay tuned, I’ll send it soon. (Or you can simply look at my You Tube Playlist and look for it).

Rock On,