Seth Rosenbloom
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Introduction to Blues Guitar

Build a rock-solid blues foundation.

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WHo it's for

Beginner - Intermediate

Ready for the next step after Blues Bootcamp? This class will help you build a rock-solid blues foundation.

Time

3 weeks

Seth will guide you through 3 weeks of step-by-step instruction with interactive TAB and daily assignments.

Outcome

Jam & solo – blues style

This class will equip you with the chords and skills to play your favorite blues songs and compose your own.

JUST THE START

Take the next step

Once you've nailed the art of blues, keep progressing with more Master Classes and guided practice plans.

What you'll learn

Join Seth as he breaks down everything from simple chords & blues shuffles to fundamental rhythm & lead concepts.

  • Build on your Blues Bootcamp gains
  • Play like BB King, SRV, and John Mayer
  • Learn how to improvise your own blues solos
How it works

Your guided learning pathway

In this seven-part Master Class, you'll learn how to play like B.B. King, SRV, and John Mayer by developing blues rhythm and lead playing skills. This class is the next step for beginners after our Blues Bootcamp or for intermediate guitarists who are looking to get started with the blues.

Blues Fundamentals

Ready to learn the genre that started it all? Blues 101 is now in session.

To kick off the class, you'll build up your blues foundation with five lessons covering feel, basic terminology, and common 12-bar blues forms.

Rhythm Playing

Once you've completed your blues-guitar intensive, we'll put the spotlight on rhythm guitar – the unsung hero of the blues.

In this section, you'll learn how to jam out with other blues players. Seth will show you blues chords and put your skills to the test with a series of practical chord progressions.

Scales & Arpeggios

Next, it's time to learn the language of the blues so you can get ready to start soloing.

Here, Seth will guide you through the most common scales and arpeggios used in blues improvisation.

Don't worry, this section won't bore you with theory! We make things musical at every step of the class.

Part IV. Soloing

Let's be honest, you came here to learn soloing, right? Lead guitar in blues is all about telling a musical story that grabs the listener's attention. In this section, you'll learn how to improvise an unforgettable solo.

Part V. Jam Tracks

When you reach this point, you'll have completed the bulk of the learning. From here on out, it's all about apply these lessons in a musical context. In this section, we'll put your newfound soloing skills to the test with three original blues jam tracks for you to shred over.

Part VI. Licks

Learn to play like the greats with a whopping sixty blues licks in the style of B.B. King, SRV, and John Mayer, plus three original songs by Seth.

Part VII. SongSquad

Wrap up the class by learning three original songs by Seth that put everything you've learned into action.

Curriculum

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

3-week Plan

Part I. Blues Fundamentals

Blues 101 is now in session.

Rock and many other popular styles of music have their roots in blues. Developing a solid understanding of how to play blues guitar will make you a better player no matter what style you play by helping you hone your phrasing, articulation, and technique. Most importantly, learning blues guitar will teach you how to be a better musical storyteller.

To kick off the class, you’ll learn the fundamentals of blues guitar: feel, terminology, and form. This section focuses on the big picture of the blues: recordings to check out, how to approach feel, and the most common forms of blues including 12 bar blues and variations.

Part II. Rhythm Playing

Learn how to hold down the jam.

In this section, Seth will introduce you to a series of beginner, intermediate, and advanced chord shapes for every level of guitarist. Once you have those chord shapes down, you’ll put them into a musical context with a series of practical chord progressions. We’ll wrap up this section with lessons on shuffle riffs, turnaround chord progressions, and how to get a great blues tone.

Parts III. & IV.

Discover the building blocks of blues improvisation and craft your own lead licks.

Part III. Scales & Arpeggios

In Part III, we’ll start our exploration into blues soloing by examining the most common scales and arpeggios used in blues improvisation. There are some great lessons on chord and color tones in here that you should check out.

Part IV. Soloing

Playing great blues guitar isn’t just about what notes you play; it’s also about how you play them. You'll learn the best way to approach developing cohesive and musical phrases for your soloing. Seth will also explain how to develop dynamics, bends and vibrato skills.

Parts V. - VII.

It's time to leave the classroom and make some music!

Part V. Jam Tracks

For the jam tracks section of this Master Class, we recorded three 12-bar blues tracks in our studio that you'll use to hone your soloing skills. We asked Seth to solo over each jam track twice so you can have beginner and advanced solos to transcribe in addition to improvising over the tacks.

Part VI. Licks

In this section you'll find six bluesy Licks Packages by Seth that'll fuel your lead guitar vocabulary.

Each package has 10 licks and focuses on one key artist or style of blues. The idea here is to adapt the licks to your own unique playing style.

Part VII. SongSquad

SongSquads are short, fun-to-learn tunes with interactive TAB and breakdown videos. In this section, you'll take everything you learned throughout the Master Class and put it into a musical context by learning three original blues tunes composed by Seth.

Student stories

Learn how Introduction to Blues Guitar has helped real guitarists break through their playing plateau and realize their potential.

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United Kingdom

“One of the things that's been the most fun for me has been the SongSquad challenges... connecting with other people in the Pickup Music community on Instagram and just encouraging each other as we're learning songs and practicing.”

Vin Thomas

United States

"Pickup Music really helped me push my musical boundaries."

Wytse Hokwerda

Germany

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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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