Advanced Blues Fingerpicking
Add alternate bass, travis picking and piedmont style to your blues fingerpicking
This course is the last in the Blues Fingerpicking series - focused on fusing advanced fingerpicking techniques with blues guitar playing
Today you can play some blues riffs & scales
After this course, you'll play the blues with alternate bass, travis picking, piedmont style picking and learn some major-pentatonic style country blues too!
You will be not only be able to play an open string as your bass accompaniment but you'll be able to take Travis Picking & Alternate Bass and play blues within that context - which will sound incredible -both to you and your listeners!
To play the blues with an advanced fingerstyle technique, this is the course for you!
What does life look like with this course?
Once you begin:
You’ll start playing the blues right away. We begin with alternate bass in several keys to get you familiar with playing blues lines while the thumb is moving! Then we take the same approach with Travis Picking & Piedmont Picking.
You will feel a huge improvement in your guitar playing just by following the course material. Each lesson will give you a new stepping stone, and the sum total of all the lessons is that your playing will take a huge leap.
You will not encounter any ‘jumps’ in the material that suddenly mean that you are lost or unable to continue the course because I supply tips at the start of each lesson for those who found the last exercise challenging.
Once you finish:
Your musicianship and fingerpicking will have jumped a huge level and you’ll really feel like you’ve earned your fingerpicking stripes!
You will be able to:
- Play complex bass lines while playing blues riffs
- Apply alternate bass, travis picking & piedmont style to any blues chord progression you like
- Play several advanced blues fingerpicking arrangments.
In this module, we begin to construct the skills for the 3-guitar effect, including:
- Training the thumb to play steady alternate bass
- Learning 3 alternate bass examples
- Playing a 12-Bar in E with alternate bass
- Playing a 12-Bar in A with alternate bass
- The song John Henry
- The song Alternate Blues
After learning these techniques in module 1, you’ll be able to play the exercise in the video below.
Blues Travis Picking
In this module, we fuse travis picking with blues lead riffs:
- The fundamentals of Travis Picking
- Travis bass over E7, A7 & B7
- Travis patterns over E7, A7 & B7
- Six Blues Travis Picking riffs
- Putting it all together
After learning these techniques in module 2, you’ll be able to play the exercise in the video below.
In this module, we apply travis picking to country blues progressions with a Piedmont style fingerpicking by:
- 12-Bar Blues in C with quick change
- Travis picking a 12-Bar in C
- Piedmont Style fingerpicking
- Three Piedmont variants
- Ragtime chord progressions
- The major pentatonic scale
- The song Nobody Knows You
- The song Summit Blues
After learning these techniques in module 3, you’ll be able to play the exercise in the video below.
How you will benefit
You will enjoy playing guitar more than ever – now that you not only play chords but also explore melodic ideas
You will enjoy knowing that each minute spent on guitar brings your playing up a level – instead of just playing stuff you already know.
You will be able to progress at your own pace, moving on when you master a section – in your own time and safe in the knowledge that you massively improve your playing.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- play blues riffs with alternate bass
- play blues riffs accompanied by Travis Picking
- play blues in a Piedmont style
- play several ragtime chord pieces
- learn the songs Alternate Blues & Summit Blues
Optimized for your success
This structure of this program is designed to help you get results immediately:
- A structured framework of 17 small parts.
- That fit into a 15 minutes a day practice schedule.
- Where each session gives you an exercise to practice at the end
- And the following session will give you tips if you found that exercise challenging.
- By the end of the course, you will have made huge progress (through 17 small steps that add up).
Take your playing to the next level
Frequently Asked Questions
Each lesson has a HD video with three camera angles (full, left hand and right hand) so that you can zone in and see what each hand is doing.
Each lesson also comes with a downloadable PDF and the relevant music tablature for each lesson.
If you know how to play a 12-bar blues in any key on the guitar, then this course is a good choice for you if you want to advance your blues playing.
If not, consider doing the Beginner Blues Fingerpicking course first. Note you can buy all 3 blues fingerpicking courses as a bundle which gives you considerable discount!
There is a 30-day no-questions-asked money back guarantee.
Just email me using the contact form in the footer if you don’t feel like the course helped you to make progress.
Alternate Bass is a fingerpicking method that uses the thumb to play multiple alternated bass notes. Travis Picking is a way of playing thumb patterns and fingered strings to create a harp like effect. Piedmont Style is a blend of Travis Picking with chord strums to create a country blues fingerpicking effect.
Most people apply Travis Picking to a static chord.
For example, they fret a C chord and play it using Travis Picking.
This course focuses on lead fingerpicking – so the goal is to use Travis Picking to play blues riffs (lead guitar lines) while maintaining that Travis accompaniment. Quite different.
Take your fingerpicking to the next level
Now is the time to become the fingerpicking guitarist you have always dreamed of being