Guitar For Beginners
MP3 With Lead Guitar
Welcome class! This lesson will help you learn and play a blues rhythm
progression in the key of E.
Lyle: You'll be learning to play another 12 bar
blues jam. You can use an acoustic or electric guitar. First learn this main
rhythm riff based off the E power chord:
rhythm riff 1
Keep you index finger down. You don't need to lift it up. Watch video
Any questions about that riff?
Bob: Pretty straight forward.
Lyle: Yes. Make sure just the 6th and 5th strings
are being played, and hold your index finger down.
Lyle: You'll be using that riff for the E or E7
chord during the chord progression. Next is the same riff moved over or down one
string. You'll use this riff in place of the A or A7
Another section of the blues progression has you playing a B7 to A7 chord. These
are the IV and V chords in the key of E.
rhythm riff 3
You're almost ready to learn the whole progression. Just one more riff to
Lyle: This is the "turnaround" riff. The
turnaround takes you from the end of one verse to the beginning of the next. It
will typically end on a V7-chord, which will be resolved by the I-chord at the
beginning of the next verse.
Here's what this 12 bar blues progression looks like once you put all the riffs
in the right place:
paul2: Do you
have a jam track to play against?
Lyle: Yes. Here are a few different jam tracks
for you to play along with.
Jam Track in E - Drums and Bass
Jam Track in E -
Those two jam tracks will be played in the looping jam track player. Here's a
jam track that will play in the other media player. It has me improvising lead
guitar over the drums, bass, and acoustic guitar which is doing your rhythm
part, same clip that I used at the top of this lesson:
MP3 With Lead Guitar
Here's the chord chart again which might help you stay on track with the
Kadow: What scales are you using when
improvising, I might of missed it?
Lyle: I didn't talk about scales or lead riffs,
but you can use the E minor pentatonic. This lesson introduces a way to
play a rhythm guitar part for a standard 12 bar blues in E. The next lesson will
help you play a solo or two using simple blues riffs for this same
Lyle: Once you know how to play a 12 bar blues
jam in E, you can go to twelve different bars and jam.
That's all for this lesson. I hope you're able to play the rhythm riff perfectly
along with any of the jam tracks. Next lesson you'll learn some cool blues riffs
and a solo to go along with this jam in
Lyle: Have fun jammin' and stay