Every musician should learn how to play the blues. As the fastest growing online platform for music lessons, JamPlay™ offers over 500 video lessons about the blues with a dozen of today’s best players in the industry. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned player, JamPlay™ can help any guitar or bass player who wants to learn more about the blues with their online blues guitar lessons.
The blues is more American than apple pie and has deep roots in our country’s complicated past. Africans who were forced into slavery and transported to the United States brought with them diverse musical styles. When musical traditions mixed and new styles were formed, the blues was born in America’s Antebellum South.
The blues allowed slaves to express their grief from being taken from their homeland and their suffering under the oppression of slavery. While white plantation owners thought music making was how African slaves “whistle while they work,” the blues was actually a coded expression of profound sadness.
Though the blues began with African American musicians, it was not long before the blues started to influence popular music of almost every style. Oxford’s encyclopedia of music, Grove Music Online, writes that, “Since the early 1960s blues has been the most important single influence on the development of Western popular music.”
No matter what style of guitar or bass you are interested in playing, you need to learn the blues! Luckily, JamPlay™ is here to help.
So, what exactly is the blues? Because the blues did not originate in a single place with a few musicians, the “blues” refers to a number of musical qualities from chord progressions to specific scales, musical mannerisms to entire musical forms. Of course, there are many sub-genres of the blues, and even more styles that it has influenced, ranging from jazz to country to funk to R&B.
The experienced instructors at JamPlay™ can have you playing the blues like a pro, breaking down the both simplest concepts and complex subtleties that give legendary musicians their unique sound, all through video guitar lessons.
Hawkeye Herman provides the most extensive instruction in the blues at JamPlay™. Hawkeye has over 40 years of experience and has received critical acclaim from Living Blues Magazine and The L.A. Times. But, he’s also an expert pedagogue who won the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping The Blues Alive” award for achievement in education. At JamPlay™, Hawkeye can teach you blues chords, the basic twelve-bar blues, the blues shuffle, slide guitar, and much more.
Kenny “Blue” Ray is one of several instructors at JamPlay™ who can teach you about electric blues, drawing upon decades of experience playing with the best blues musicians. Kenny can even teach how to play in the style if specific musicians like Stevie Ray Vaughn, because he has gotten to know his style by working directly with him! Kenny can help you throw in a “Jimmy Hendrix chord” into your solo, or give you an entire introduction to soul, R&B, and 60’s style guitar playing.
If playing acoustic blues is more your style, Orville Johnson can teach you all about finger style blues and bottleneck slide guitar. Orville has diverse experience as a musician and has appeared on Garrison Keilor’s Prairie Home Companion and Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. Building on the skills you learn from his lessons, Orville can also walk you through a few classic songs, step-by-step.
Though there’s enough to learn about the blues to last a lifetime, JamPlay™ will have you playing the blues in no time. Considering how comprehensive JamPlay™’s video library is and how affordable memberships are, you’ll be amazed that you can learn the blues while saving some green!