Learn to Play Blues Guitar With a Flatpick - Video 3

Adam Traum

Licks, Tricks and Time-Honored Songs

120-Minute Video Lesson with TAB
  • Code:DLADAFL24
  • Skill Level:Early Intermediate (3)

Adding a third great lesson to his popular series, Adam Traum helps you build your repertoire by exploring six classic tunes, each one representing a different blues style. He demonstrates important pick techniques, along with a variety of chord shapes, licks and solos that can be applied to any blues song you want to play.

Starting with I Shall Not Be Moved in the style of Mississippi John Hurt, Adam gets you into some basic "hybrid picking,” combining the flatpick and fingers in an alternating bass style. He breaks down the melody to this old gospel song, adding colorful variations and ear-catching runs up the neck. 

Thinking Blues is a classic that was made popular by the great Bessie Smith in the 1920s. Adam shows you how to play a sweet horn motif from the original version that can be played ascending or descending, in low and high octaves. A dynamic solo up the neck expands your fretboard knowledge.

Mojo Hand is a classic Texas shuffle in Lightnin’ Hopkins’ style. Adam delves into a set of breakdowns, exploring licks, runs, and a great turnaround that can be used in many other blues tunes in E.

In Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do, Adam takes you through this classic blues that’s been recorded by a who’s-who of artists, from Bessie Smith to Eric Clapton. The version he chose for this lesson is in the Otis Spann style. 

A Minor Blues is an original in which Adam explores soloing ideas, starting with the minor blues scale. You’ll learns bends, licks and a descending bass run that builds in an extra dimension for both solo and rhythm playing. Note: This tune comes with a practice track.

He closes out the lesson with the ever-popular Statesboro Blues by Blind Willie McTell, in Dropped D tuning. You'll learn to play a steady alternating bass while developing a syncopated melody line and new chord voicings that can used in many other songs.

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