Acoustic Blues Guitar Styles by Larry Sandberg

By Larry Sandberg

Acoustic Blues Guitar Styles is an advent to fingerstyle acoustic blues guitar, the fashion made preferred by way of Robert Johnson, invoice Broonzy, and Mance Lipscomb. Following the luck of the preferred Acoustic Guitar Styles, Larry Sandberg’s Acoustic Blues Guitar types is an academic booklet geared in the direction of the intermediate guitar participant, not just to educate fingerstyle blues strategy, but in addition to method the song creatively and with feeling and rhythm.

Part One teaches you the preliminaries, resembling analyzing a chord chart and dealing out a 12-bar blues in several keys. half teaches you contact, timing, and uncomplicated fingerpicking procedure. half 3 teaches you the way to play stylistically, with classes on the way to contain bends, vibrato, alternating bassnotes, and rhythmic adaptations into your taking part in. All musical routines are provided in either regular notation and tablature, and are supported via audio tracks within the accompanying compact disc.

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If you’re having trouble making the stretch with your pinky, try placing your thumb a little further down on the back of the neck. Also, note that most of the time guitarists find it easier to play the barred A7 with the index finger making the bar and the third (ring) finger making the high note on the third fret. However, when you’re going back and forth between the long A and the barred A7, you may find it easier to use the second (middle) finger to play the high note instead of the third finger.

Experiment with alternating basses with the various rhythms you’ve learned in Part Two. This is easy to say, but hard to do, so don’t be deterred if you really have to work at this, even to the point of testing your willpower. Also try working out alternating bass patterns that sound good to you with various chord shapes in other keys. Sometimes you’ll be faced with choices. For example, on a basic G chord shape, you already know that your usual bass note is on the sixth string. But you’ll notice that both the fifth and fourth strings are available to you as a possible alternating string.

Once again, get used to the feel of where the A7, D7, and E7 are located and how to spot them using both your sense of feel and the fret dots. Now we’re ready to play. indb 37 10/16/06 4:12:58 PM 38 Acoustic Blues Guitar Styles L arry S andberg Track 12. Moving A round the D7 Shape F ur ther wor k . Once you get used to playing the new set of chords, apply the same techniques as you did in the “Further Work” for Track 11. Tracks 13–14: More Rhythms The art of playing country blues guitar with a steady bass involves developing the ability to play a variety of different rhythms on the high strings while making sure that you really keep that steady bass note steady.

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