Acoustic Blues II

This is an acoustic-only course looking into the styles and techniques of legendary Blues players and seeing how they’ve influenced some of our modern Blues greats.


This is a Themed course taking a trip back to the birth of the blues and studying some of the acoustic delta masters who have influenced generations of great players: John Mayer,  Keb’ Mo’, Guy Davis, Seasick Steve, Rory Gallagher and many more. Original Blues masters such as Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake (an amazing technical bluesman) and lots of others. The course carries on from Acoustic Blues I where focused solely on Eric Clapton’s influences.

We’ll delve into fingerstyle techniques, look at important important tunings, explore self-accompaniment, soloing, using effective basslines and decrypt the origins of the pentatonic and blues scales.

The course makes extensive use of mini break-out sessions to consolidate the concepts and techniques whilst practising some great standard tunes. As with all of our other courses, there will also be plenty of opportunities to jam with other like-minded players and pick up hints and tips from them as well.

You’ll also hopefully nail a few classic songs to add to your repertoire.

As with all our courses, having a sociable weekend with other guitar hobbyists and having some fun is as important as the teaching and playing. We take things at a steady pace with lots of breaks to stretch the legs and backs and get some air into our lungs and have some quiet time to take in and discuss what’s being taught. Lots of fun in the company of other guitar hobbyists.

There are no hard and fast rules about course suitability and we therefore encourage most levels of guitarist to come along, mix in and have a go; although it’s safe to say that a Beginner would struggler and it’s also a good thing if you’ve at least tried some fingerpicking in the past – see the notes below on course suitability and prep-work that’s available.

Course suitability

The course is for players of average-and-above ability (definitely not for a beginner and ideally you should have tried some fingerpicking). A bass player is especially welcome on this one.

Matching someone’s skill level with their aspirations to a course isn’t a science! Players can be brilliant at music knowledge but struggle to actually play, and vice versa. There are two resourses you can use and along with a practical suggestion:

  1. Check out the course suitability guide in FAQs;
  2. Request a Course Overview – see below; this contains some ‘should know’ specifics.
  3. After digesting and considering the above, it’s always a good idea to have a chat about the course.

Once signed up, Prep Sheets (and a tutorial video) are available for this course to allow some focused revision/practice and try to help fill any knowledge gaps.

After the course, we’ll make all materials available to you via Dropbox e.g. flip charts, group photos, recordings and videos along with any additional music or information PDFs.

As with all our courses having some fun and sociable time with like-minded hobbyists is absolutely as important as the learning and playing.

Early Bird Offer on this course

The pricing below reflects our December-only offers. See NEWS for details.

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