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How To : Play a basic harmonica blues scale

Guitar Man demonstrates how to play a basic harmonica blues scale and how to bend a note on a harmonica. Playing a harmonica blues scale is really simple. You can play the blues scale with any G instrument. The blues scale is three blow, three blow, three inhale or suck, four ...more

How To : Play "Driftin' Blues" on acoustic guitar

Popularized by artists like Son House and Skip James, Delta blues is not only one of the oldest forms of blues music, it is among the most stylistically distinct and technically rewarding to play. In this video guitar lesson from YouTube user deltabluestips, you'll learn how t ...more

How To : Play jazz blues in 11th position on the harmonica

This tutorial teaches you how to play a jazz blues in 11th position with a harmonica. The Bb Blues in 11th on a C diatonic harmonica is the perfect position for a jazz jam. Watch this how to video and you will be able to play the jazz blues in llth position on the harmonica. T ...more

How To : Play a blues scale improvisation on the ukulele

There's no getting around it: if you want to get good at playing the ukulele or any other instrument, you'll need to practice. Fortunately, the Internet is awash in free, high-quality uke lessons, like this one from YouTube's preeminent tropical tutor, Ukulele Mike. This parti ...more

How To : Play the blues for beginners

Are you piano neophyte frustrated with your scale drills and constant replay of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"? Learn how to play the blues - no joke - by watching this video. Built exclusively for beginners, this tutorial teaches you how to start jiving with some fun blues ri ...more

How To : Play Sugar Blue's signature riff on the harmonica

In this harmonica lesson, you'll learn how to play Sugar Blue's signature harp riff. While this tutorial is geared toward intermediate and advanced players, even begginers are sure to walk away with something. To get started playing Sugar Blue's signature harmonica riff on you ...more

How To : Play "Walking Blues" (Muddy Waters vs Son House)

Learn how to play the Delta Blues with this great guitar lesson. You'll see how to play the blues song "Walking Blues", two different versions, in the style of both Muddy Waters and Son House. "Walking Blues" is credited to Son House, who recorded the song for Paramount in 19 ...more

How To : Play simple Blues Runs on 2 strings

Watch this instructional guitar video that shows you how to play simple Blues Runs in basic keys, all on two strings. This is just a simple collection of basic runs that beginners can incorporate into their playing - just gets away from basic chords a little. There's a short d ...more

How To : Play common Delta blues riffs and turnarounds

Popularized by artists like Son House and Skip James, Delta blues is not only one of the oldest forms of blues music, it is among the most stylistically distinct and technically rewarding to play. In this video guitar lesson from YouTube user deltabluestips, you'll learn how t ...more

How To : Dive into playing the blues

Most beginners ask how to break away from basic chords and get new ideas. Check out this instructional guitar video that shows you various ways into playing the blues. The first tutorial video uses a mix of simple chord animations and video footage in an attempt to show how si ...more

How To : Play five blues licks on guitar

Want to play lead guitar in a rock band? Well, you have to learn how to play the blues first. Most popular rock songs have roots in the blues guitar style of playing. This blues guitar lesson covers five licks in the second position of the minor pentatonic or blues mode. These ...more

How To : Play lead blues guitar

In this five part video tutorial you will learn how to play lead blues guitar. Learn how to bend notes, play pentatonic scales, 12 bar blues rhythms and some blues licks. Follow these lessons and you will be playing blues guitar in no time. Part 1 of 5 - How to Play lead blues ...more

How To : Play "Mississippi Blues" by Willie Brown

Want to play lead guitar in a rock band? Well, you have to learn how to play the blues first. Most popular rock songs have roots in the blues guitar style of playing. This blues guitar lesson shows you how to play "Mississippi Blues" by Willie Brown. Check out this blues guita ...more

How To : Play "Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who on guitar

Want to learn how to play The Who on the guitar? With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Behind Blue Eyes" by the Who on the acoustic guitar. This version is a simplified version of the song and is not exactly how the Who plays it. This lesson is geared towards intermedi ...more

How To : Play "Hesitation Blues" by Gary Davis on guitar

Check out this music tutorial video that shows you how to play "Hesitation Blues" by Gary Davis on acoustic guitar. Using a mixture of animated fret diagrams and live playing, this instructional video demonstrates how to play the Reverend Gary Davis's classic. This is aimed at ...more

How To : Play the "blue third" on the harmonica

An intensive analysis of the "blue third," a quarter-tone that lies somewhere between the major and minor third and is a key constituent of the blues scale that all harmonica players must master. With Satan & Adam harpist Adam Gussow. Part 1 of 2 - How to Play the "blue third" ...more

How To : Play triads for blues guitar

Want to play lead guitar in a rock band? Well, you have to learn how to play the blues first. Most popular rock songs have roots in the blues guitar style of playing. In this three part blues guitar lesson you will learn the three triad shapes and where the root notes are. The ...more

How To : Play A Simple Blues Lead Guitar Lick

There is a lot of mystery and voodoo surrounding blues guitar these days. With the common opinion claiming that in order to play the blues you have to really feel the music and respond with your playing. While this is certainly the case when improvising, I would argue that a g ...more

How To : Play "My Blue Heaven" on the ukulele

Want to play "My Blue Heaven" by Walter Donaldson and George A. Whiting on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, there is no better way to improve your chops than by learning to play your favo ...more

How To : Play simple blues licks in F

Learn to play simple Blues Guitar licks in the key of F. A well-paced tutorial leads you through changing Chords as well as the F Blues Scale. The guide eventually introduces three Blues Licks to practice with.

How To : Play basic Blues on the acoustic guitar

The blues is where it all began. Before you learn how to play rock or jazz or metal, you should start with the blues. Learning the basic 12 bar form can help you feel out measures and develop your sense of direction in music, and learning how to play the shuffled rhythm will h ...more

How To : Play blues piano in B flat

In this series of instructional music videos you'll learn how to play the blues piano in the key of B Flat (Bb). Expert Ryan Larson shows you his special 12 key method to help you understand the techniques used by blues musicians through the ages, including the music theory be ...more

How To : Play E blues turnarounds on the acoustic guitar

Because of its portability, the acoustic guitar can be wonderful songwriting device. However, having a pocket symphony in your head–or pocket, as it were–does you little good if your hands aren't on board. Fortunately, YouTube user Sawlon is here to help you train your head an ...more

How To : Play vibrato for blues style electric guitar

Want to play lead guitar in a rock band? Well, you have to learn how to play the blues first. Most popular rock songs have roots in the blues guitar style of playing. This blues guitar lesson teaches you the basics of the three styles of vibrato. Vibrato is a common problem fo ...more

How To : Play blues piano in the key of E

In this series of instructional music videos you'll learn how to play the blues piano in the key of E major. Expert Ryan Larson shows you his special 12 key method to help you understand the techniques used by blues musicians through the ages, including the music theory behind ...more

How To : Play "Tennessee Blues"

Although mainly demonstrational, this video shows you how to play "Tennessee Blues" on guitar. This video is intended for advanced players who learn easily by watching or listening. Read the useful tips posted below to aid your guitar learning: Some singers and songwriters lu ...more

How To : Play "Landlocked Blues" by Bright Eyes on guitar

Learn how to play "Landlocked Blues" by Bright Eyes. Capo on the 3rd fret Here are the chords that are used in the VERSE, watch the video to see what order you play them in: C: X32010 G: 320033 Am: X02210 The "he shot me dead" part: X32310 CHORUS: Am: X02210 G: 320033 C: ...more

How To : Play the blues scale on the guitar

This guitar lesson focuses on the blues scale and shows you a bunch of tricks to help you use it wisely. The blues scale is based on a minor penatonic scale, but includes the flat 5th note. Most popular rock songs have roots in the blues scale. Learning the forms of the blues ...more

How To : Play basic blues guitar licks

How to play some basic blues guitar licks; get professional tips and instruction from an expert on playing guitar and music theory in this free music lesson video series. Part 1 of 50 - How to Play basic blues guitar licks. Play basic blues guitar licks - Part 2 of 50. Click t ...more

How To : Play a blues shuffle on the guitar

Do you dream of standing on stage in front of millions of fans with a guitar in your hand? You could make this dream come true, if only you could play the guitar! This guitar tutorial series from Robert Renman teaches you the basics of guitar playing along with a few beginner ...more

How To : Play "Someday Baby" by Sleepy John Estes on Guitar

Sleepy John Estes is known as one of the masters of Delta Blues, so when learning to play the blues, he's a good place to start with. In this video lesson, see how to play the song "Somday Baby" by Estes on your blues guitar in an Open G tuning with a slide. Estes was born in ...more

How To : Play pentatonic scale boxes on the guitar

Do you dream of standing on stage in front of millions of fans with a guitar in your hand? You could make this dream come true, if only you could play the guitar! This guitar tutorial series from Robert Renman teaches you the basics of guitar playing along with a few beginner ...more

How To : Play a blues shuffle on the drums

Play drums using basic beats and time signatures, different equipment and musical styles like jazz, funk and rock; learn how from our professional drummer this free drum tutorial video series. Part 1 of 16 - How to Play a blues shuffle on the drums. Play a blues shuffle on the ...more

How To : Play blues piano in key of D Flat

In this series of instructional music videos you'll learn how to play the blues piano in the key of D Flat (Db). Expert Ryan Larson shows you his special 12 key method to help you understand the techniques used by blues musicians through the ages, including the music theory be ...more

How To : Play dynamic blues chords

Learn to think of chords as movable "shapes". This lesson isn't blues specific but this concept is applied to the blues in this lesson. Check out the tab here: http://betweenthelicks.com/blues-guitar/blues-chord-shapes http://betweenthelicks.co

How To : Play minor blues progressions on guitar

Check out this video from Berkleemusic.com and watch as Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, Michael Williams explains minor blues progressions for the rhythm guitar in the style of BB King's "The Thrill is Gone" in this Berklee guitar lesson.

How To : Play blues Piano in E flat

In this series of instructional music videos you'll learn how to play the blues piano in the key of E Flat (Eb). Expert Ryan Larson shows you his special 12 key method to help you understand the techniques used by blues musicians through the ages, including the music theory be ...more

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