What is the course about?
Explore the blues from the perspective of the guitarist : what makes the form; how to sound like a blues player; how to play in an ensemble.
Tutor: David Harrison [external website].
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We'll look at the forms of blues tunes, and at historical background. We'll learn chord progressions and important stylistic characteristics. Play tunes, develop solos and accompany others.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Play common blues progressions with confidence.
Strum, finger-pick, and solo in a stylistically authentic fashion.
Have become familiar with the genre, its leading artists, repertoire and styles.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need good guitar technique and be able to play dominant chords anywhere on the instrument. Preferably you have studied blues guitar already.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Playing music according to tutor direction and demonstration, with opportunity for individual endeavour and feedback.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The course is equally suitable for acoustic and electric guitars.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
More blues, and jazz guitar. This course is intended as a conduit between folk & pop guitar study and jazz guitar.