Expand Your DADGAD Blues Vocabulary

Al Petteway

Get Rich, Bluesy Sounds With This Tuning!

23-minute lesson with TAB on pdf file
  • Code:DLALPBV21
  • Skill Level:Early Intermediate (3)

With its ringing strings and modal-sounding timbre, DADGAD is a beautiful tuning for coaxing rich, bluesy sounds out of your guitar.

Master player Al Petteway shows you how to create cool Delta blues-style turnarounds, chord progressions, licks, and other playing techniques, along with arrangements for two classic blues songs: Going Down Slow and T-Bone Walker's classic, Stormy Monday. 

In a fitting addendum to his popular lesson, “Blues Guitar Arrangements in DADGAD Tuning,” Al shows you how to transpose moveable phrases in the keys of A, G and D while learning to move these licks to any key. In his usual clear and concise style, Al provides tips on finger placement, string bending, and ways to create endless variations of your own. 

If you have never played blues in DADGAD, here is your chance to get exposed to some new ways to play familiar ideas. If you are a Celtic player looking for new ideas, use this quick primer to start adding blue notes and string bends to your musical vocabulary.

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