How the Blues works

The Blues is a wide subject area! It’s  accessible to players of many different levels, from beginner to advanced. We’ll look ‘under the hood’ at how the mix of minor and major combine to achieve the Blues groove and feel.


For this course we’ll build on scale/chord theory and how it applies to the guitar (progressions, fills, intros/outros, soloing, etc. ) and focus our attention on the workings of tunes built from the pentatonic system.

We’ll talk about the 1 4 5 chord progression as the basis of all blues (and therefore all western 5 note minor derived musical genres) and then how the specific vocabulary of the blues developed and is applied to the guitar. We’ll talk about the importance of the b5 interval, bends, double stops, minor and dominant blues forms and idiosyncratic language.

The possible end result of this course could be the completion of a number of case study pieces featuring all aspects of the stuff mentioned above.

As with all our courses, there’ll be non-stop playing using some great tunes throughout; this is a technique-focused course with tons of tunes and no theory.

The course is suitable for most players and you’ll certainly add to your repertoire on this one. Lots of extra tools to plop into that guitar toolbox to bolster your  confidence and improve your playing. If you can play open and some basic barre chords then you’re good to go.

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 generally have some quiet time to take in what has been taught and time to discuss it with the other hobbyists. The course is as much about having a fun, sociable weekend as it is about improving your guitar playing.

Acoustic, electric and bass guitar players of average-and-above level are fine for this course. There are no hard and fast rules about course suitability but a beginner would struggle here. Contact us if you’re not sure.

Course Overviews – check out our ‘What you should know’ section. Available on request.

Prep Sheets: Available on request to course goers prior to the course.

Whatever level you’re at, you’ll have lots of takeaways to work on later. Call us for a chat at any time.

This one is a real eye-opener for expanding your Blues; minimal, but really useful theory.

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