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Acoustic Fingerstyle Blues, Step-by-Step

 
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Now that you're playing the 12 bar blues in E with lots of fun variations, why stop there? It's not difficult to write a blues song of your own, and who really minds if you sing the blues a little of out of tune?

Try this simple formula: think of something you might have a complaint about. Your baby left you. The sun hasn't shined in days. You've got no money.



Sing it once, sing it again, and then sing out some sort of conclusion or resolution. Here's one I made up just for this video lesson:



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My mama, she told me I'd be crazy to let you go


Said my mama she told me I'd be crazy to let you go


But there's plenty of things about you my mama she don't know


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I wanna tell her that you're trouble, tell her you treat me wrong


I wanna tell her that you're trouble, tell her you treat me wrong


But she just roll her eyes at me like I'm singing some bad news song


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//: E / E / E / E 7 /


/ A7 / A7 / E / E /


/ B7 / A7 / E A7 / E B7 ://



Keep your playing relatively simple while you are singing, so that the attention is focused on the lyrics. Then play through the 12 bar blues cycle instrumentally, and use some of your tricks to make it more interesting and fun.

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Acoustic Fingerstyle Blues, Step-by-Step