Seth Rosenbloom
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Blues Bootcamp

Your step-by-step guide to the fundamentals of blues guitar.

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WHo it's for

Beginner guitarists

Designed specifically for beginners. Start with the absolute basics and build up to expressive blues solos.

Time

6 weeks

Seth will guide you through 6 weeks of step-by-step instruction with interactive TAB and daily assignments.

Outcome

Solo like the greats

By the end of this Bootcamp, you'll be able to improvise your own expressive solo over any 12-bar blues song.

JUST THE START

Take the next step

Once you've built a blues foundation, keep progressing with intermediate courses and guided learning paths.

What you'll learn

Get started with blues from the ground up. Seth will guide you through the 12-bar blues, basics of soloing, and expressive playing techniques to make your guitar sing.

  • Learn how to improvise blues guitar solos in any key
  • No theory necessary – learn to follow your ear
  • Hone expressive techniques used by blues legends
How it works

Your guided learning pathway

In this 6-week Bootcamp, Seth Rosenbloom will walk you through what it takes to build a rock-solid Blues foundation.

Blues Basics

First, you'll learn how to play the 12-bar blues form in any key with power chords and open chords.

Level 1 consists of seven gradually-paced instruction days. These lessons are suitable for beginners and anyone who's new to blues.

You’ll leave this level ready to play a 12-bar blues in any key with power chords. Once you build this foundational skill, we’ll move on to blues guitar soloing!

Lead for Beginners

Blues soloing 101 is now in session! In this level, you'll develop a lead guitar foundation that will prepare you to improvise your own blues solos from scratch.

Over the next 10 days, you'll get acquainted with call & response as you learn simple licks to build your first blues solo.

Minor Pentatonic 101

In Level 3, you'll develop the melodic vocabulary you need to create solos from scratch over any blues song.

Over the next 14 days, you'll learn how to improvise your own blues guitar solos using the minor pentatonic & blues scales.

Bends and Vibrato

Breathe life into your blues solos. In Level 4, you'll bring your playing to life with techniques that will form the basis of your unique sound as a guitarist.

Over the next 9 days, you’ll learn bending and vibrato skills to give your guitar an expressive vocal quality.

Curriculum

Stay focused with this step-by-step learning program designed by our expert team of music educators.

42-Day Plan

Level 1. Blues Basics

Learn how to play the 12-bar blues form in any key with power chords and open chords.

Overview

In this level, you’ll learn about the most fundamental and commonly-used form (AKA structure or chord progression) used to create blues songs: the 12-bar blues. You’ll leave this level ready to play a 12-bar blues in any key with power chords. Once you build this foundational skill, you'll be ready to get started with blues guitar soloing!

Day 1. Introducing the 12-Bar Blues

Get to know the essential chord road map for a blues song.

Day 2. Let’s Play! 12-Bar Blues in D

Get comfortable with a 12-bar blues in a new key.

Day 3. “The Thrill is Gone”

Learn how achieve a “darker” feel with a 12-bar blues in a minor key.

Day 4. How to Play Power Chords

Learn to play a simple and versatile dyad.

Day 5. Applying Power Chords

Work on playing a 12-bar blues with power chords.

Day 6. Transposing Power Chords

Learn how to play a 12-bar blues in any key.

Day 7. Final Assessments

Recap what you learned and make sure you’re ready for Level 2.

Level 2. Lead for Beginners

Get acquainted with call & response as you learn simple licks to build your first blues solo.

Overview

This level of the Bootcamp is all about learning how to play blues guitar solos. Let’s be honest, that’s why you’re here, right? Over the next 10 days, you’ll learn how to craft two simple-but-effective blues solos (and hopefully have fun doing it.) This will set you up to improvise your own solos from scratch in Level 3.

Day 1. How to use motifs

Learn how to harness the power of motifs to tell a musical story.

Day 2. How to play a "response" motif like B.B. King

Start working on your first blues guitar solo with a B.B. King-style "call" motif.

Day 3. Add a "response" lick on the IV chord

Start a musical conversation with a response lick to your call motif.

Day 4. "Response" lick over the V chord

Add another response lick into the mix as you work up to a full solo.

Day 5. Add a 2nd "Response" Lick

Work on playing a 12-bar blues with power chords.

Day 6. Easy Lead Line in A

Today, we'll change keys and start on a new solo.

Day 7. Response Lick in A

Add a response lick into the mix.

Day 8. 2nd Response Lick in A

Continue building up your lead guitar vocabulary with a new response lick.

Day 9. 3rd Response Lick in A

You're almost there! Add another lick as you build toward another full solo.

Day 10. Putting It All Together in a Full Solo

Incorporate all of the licks you learned in A to play through your 2nd full blues solo.

Day 11. Final Assessments

Congrats on completing Level 2! Here, you'll complete some assessments to ensure that you're ready for Level 3.

Level 3. Minor Pentatonic 101

Develop the melodic vocabulary you need to create solos from scratch over any blues song.

Overview

This is where the magic really begins. Over the next 14 days, you'll learn how to improvise your own blues guitar solos using the minor pentatonic & blues scales.

Day 1. Lower Part

Start exploring the minor pentatonic with half of one scale position.

Day 2. Upper Part

Continue exploring the minor pentatonic and complete one full position of the scale.

Day 3. Full Scale

Solidify one full position of the minor pentatonic and work on applying it in a lead-guitar context.

Day 4. The Nut is a Finger

Develop an understanding of how the open position minor pentatonic relates to fretted positions of the scale.

Day 5. Dexterity Drills: 1st to 2nd Finger

Learn how to add dynamics to your solos with slurs.

Day 6. Dexterity Drills: 1st to 3rd Finger

Continue honing your ability to incorporate hammer-on and pull-off slurs in your playing.

Day 7. Dexterity Drills: 1st to 4th Finger

Strengthen your pinky finger by working on hammer-on and pull-off slurs.

Day 8. Minor Pentatonic Main Position - Lower Part

Start working on the minor pentatonic scale shape that will allow you to solo in any key.

Day 9. Minor Pentatonic Main Position - Upper Part

Continue working on the minor pentatonic scale shape that will allow you to solo in any key.

Day 10. Full Minor Pentatonic Scale in Position

Master the minor pentatonic scale shape and practice applying it in a musical context.

Day 11. The Blues Scale - Lower Part

Learn how to spice up your solos with the "blue" note.

Day 12. The Blues Scale - Upper Part

Continue internalizing the blues scale and practice applying it in a musical context.

Day 13. The Blues Scale - Full Scale

Use the full blues scale to improvise your own solo lines.

Day 14. Final Assessments

Wrap up with some final thoughts and make sure you're ready to tackle Level 4!

Level 4. Bends and Vibrato

Bring your playing to life with expressive techniques that will form the basis of your unique sound as a guitarist.

Overview

Now that you’ve put in the work to build your blues soloing vocabulary, we’ll shift focus toward techniques that will make your playing sound passionate and dynamic. Breathe life into your blues solos. Over the next 9 days, you’ll learn bending and vibrato skills to give your guitar an expressive vocal quality.

Day 1. How to Play Bends

Get comfortable with the absolute fundamentals of bending.

Day 2. The Intonation Exercise

Hone the accuracy of your bends.

Day 3. How to Play B-String Bends

Isolate the B string as you continue to hone your bending skills.

Day 4. Intonation Exercise with B-String

Hone the accuracy of your B-string bends.

Day 5. How to Play E-String Bends

Isolate the high E string as you continue developing your bending skills.

Day 6. Intonation Exercise with E-String

Hone the accuracy of your E-string bends.

Day 7. How to Add Vibrato (1st Finger)

Shift focus to a new expressive technique involving rapid micro-bends.

Day 8. 3rd-Finger Vibrato

Work on your vibrato skills by isolating your ring finger.

Day 9. The Dimmer Switch

Learn how to utilize the spectrum of vibrato in different musical situations.

Day 10. Final Assessments

Wrap up with parting thoughts and take some final assessments to ensure you're ready to graduate from Level 4!

Student stories

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Finally, we give you support and feedback through an exclusive members community and live practice group sessions with other members. This focused approach to learning guitar will help you bust through the beginner basics, break out of the intermediate plateau, and level up your playing.

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Whichever approach you choose, we recommend building the exercises you learn into your daily practice schedule. The best way to improve as a guitarist is through a consistent practice routine rather than sporadic, longer  sessions. Learning guitar is a day-by-day, life-long journey!

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