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Flatpicking Guitar Magazine - Flatpicking The Blues


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In this PDF book/video/audio set Brad Davis teaches you how to add the blues to your flatpicking repertoire and how to introduce the blues feel to the flatpicking tunes you already know. (Note: Due to the size of the video files, the video footage is presented in three separate files.)

In this comprehensive course you will learn the scales, rhythm styles, and chord progressions which define the blues, standard blues licks and phrases, and blues styles of players like Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Brad even demonstrates how to play Bill Monroe’s bluesy mandolin licks on the guitar. Elements of the blues can be found in all forms of American music—from bluegrass, to folk, to rock.

On the video footage Brad demonstrates how to play several different arrangements of 12-bar blues rhythm and then shows you how to utilize the blues scales to improvise over the chord progression. This is done in a step-by-step easy to follow method through a variety of written examples in the book and opportunities for you to practice with the practice audio tracks. The audio tracks also contain ear training lessons in the context of the blues!

The goal of this book/video/audio set is not only to show you the elements of the blues, but to teach you how to be an improvisational player in the context of the blues so that you can jump into any blues jam and hold your own.

Additionally, Brad teaches "bluesy" arrangements of a number of standard flatpicking fiddle tunes (Nine Pound Hammer, Lonesome Road Blues, Salt Creek, John Hardy). If you are tired of playing the same old deedle-deedle-deedle arrangements of fiddle tunes on the guitar, this course will help get you out of that rut!

For a more detailed description of this course, go to:

This course is also supported by a web site containing answers to homework problems, ear training, rhythm tracks, blues tunes and licks, and much more. To check out the Flatpicking the Blues Website, go to: