Blues playing giving you the blues? Welcome to the ultimate blues guitar workshop: an in-depth lesson that will make you a better blues guitarist

B.B. King
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Blues is one of those styles that most guitarists love to play. There’s just something about the sound of those pentatonic-based licks and riffs, and the immediately identifiable musical structures and rhythms that make it so satisfying.

As a player with relatively little experience you can soon learn to play some simple but authentic-sounding blues guitar because, at its essence, the style is mainly based around the minor pentatonic scale (R- b3-4-5-b7) with additional notes borrowed from the major pentatonic too (R-2-3-5-6) which can be used to construct some basic but authentic sounding licks.

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Andy Saphir

Andy Saphir has been a professional guitar player and teacher for over 25 years. Graduating with distinction from London’s prestigious Guitar Institute in 1995, he has gone on to gain a reputation as one of the UK’s top country guitarists. Specialising in country and blues, Andy is a versatile, multi-genre player and has a successful international performing career, touring with numerous shows and bands, including the Blues Brothers Approved. Andy taught on the guitar faculty at London’s ICMP for many years, and is a longtime contributor to Guitar Techniques Magazine, as well as being a Jam Track Central artist. Andy teaches in-person guitar lessons from Cambridgeshire UK, or remotely globally.