Blues guitar

Hal Leonard Blues Guitar Method by Greg Koch-

I don’t have this particular one, but I have the rock and country books in this series, and both are very good. Greg Koch is a great educator, and knows his blues, I can vouch for that. Greg used to write one of my favorite columns in Guitar One magazine. Very entertaining and informative, so I’d say you probably couldn’t go wrong with this book.

Best of Stevie Ray Vaughan – also by Greg Koch.

You can’t go wrong learning SRV’s licks, and like I said in the
previous paragraph, you can’t go wrong with Greg Koch.

Blues by the Bar – by Chris Hunt
An in depth study of what to play for each bar of the blues progression.
After you learn a few blues licks, this book will help you play more confidently on a blues tunes.

101 Must Know Blues Licks by Wolf Marshall

Wolf Marshall is one of the most prolific guitar authors I’ve seen.
I have his “Best of Jazz Guitar”, reviewed on the jazz page, and it’s great.
This dude is THOROUGH, and you will learn a lot about the history of the blues.

8 comments on “Blues guitar

  • You have some good blues books here. I have been looking for an additional blues book I have ‘Blues Guitar for Dummies” ( I wanted to begin at the beginning) Which one of these can you recommend.

  • The Blues Guitar for Dummies looks pretty good. All the dummies books are good, as far as I’m concerned. I could recommend Wolf Marshall’s 101 Blues licks – Wolf has written so many books that it makes your head spin. Also, the blues by the bar book would be helpful. Do you know your blues form pretty well?


  • yes, I know the five positions of the Blues scale. I learned them from this other system that I forgot to mention, Fretboard Logic. the ad for it is in every guitar mag out there today!! The system is good for begininers,but if you want to advance you have to almost forget what it taught you. It does not translate to other material, if you know what I mean. I need to link info from one book to another to advance!!

  • I know 5 positions of the blues scale, if that is what you mean. I got it from a system named
    Fretboard Logic It’s advertised in most major guitar mags. (I forgot to mention it before)

  • That’s basically what I mean, yes. I know about Fretboard logic, although I’ve never read it.

  • One thing that I think is really important is to see all your scale patterns as numbers. It does take some work, but in the long run it’s worth it. In other words, if you’re playing your major scales, you’ll see them not only as the actual notes, but 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-1, etc. Once you do that, other scales patterns just fall into place. So, for the blues scale, you’d see it as
    1-b3-4-#4-5-b7-1. Thinking this way also helps your chord knowledge a great deal. There should be plenty of freeware out there that will produce scale patterns this way for you to get started. I’ll try to find it later, but you could try to search
    “guitar scales””software” or something like that. In short, I think that will help you tie everything together. Let me know what you think, and if you have any questions. Sorry I’ve been out of touch. One of our cats went missing about 2 weeks ago, and we’ve been freaking out a bit. So, trying to get back to a normal routine…

  • Thanks I will give this a try. Is this also how one goes about playing a scale on one string?

  • Yes sir! As long as you know your 1/2 steps and whole steps, you should be good to go.

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