How To Play Blues On Acoustic Guitar | Video

Blues Guitar Lesson - Easy Beginner Blues Turnaround

Hi. My name is Michael “Hawkeye” Herman, and I’m one of the over 60 instructors at JamPlay.com. That little thing that I just played for you right there is a signature sound in blues music. It’s crucial to blues music. The minute you play it, everybody knows that this is going to be a blues song. It sets up the tempo of the song and it also is an introduction to a song. It is easy to play when somebody who is knowledgeable knows how to teach it to you. I’m going to show it to you in just two minutes and I’m going to show you how to play it in every key. How to play acoustic guitar for beginners.

Watch. I’ll do it again. [music]

So what does it consist of? I’m going to play a turnaround at the key of E. Make a D7 chord. A simple D7 chord. Now I’m moving at the neck one fret. Now that’s a D sharp 7. Now I’m moving up a neck again to the third and fourth fret. That’s an E7.

Your index finger is on the second string at the third fret. Your second finger is on the fourth fret of the third string, and your third finger is on the fourth fret of the first string. It’s a D7 chord that’s been moved up so that your index finger is at the third fret. That’s all there is to it.

Now, just strum it. [plays] And put a B7 behind it. [plays] Or-- [plays]

It’s that simple. And there are so many variations of this that people play this in blues music and they make up their own variations. Here, I’ll just arpeggiate it. [music].

That was just string three, two, one all the way down the neck. Again, D7 position moved up, now arpeggiate it. [music]

You want to play it backwards? What I mean is, if you want to play strings one, two, three, the first string, second string, third string, it’s okay. That sounds good, too. Same position. Make a D7 court, move it up one, two frets and now arpeggiate strings one, two and three. [music]

You want a finger picking on strings three and one like this. With my thumb and my index finger. [music]

There are thousands of variations of this, and I show you as many of them as I can on JamPlay.com in my Blues lesson series. And believe me, there are 59 or more other instructors at JamPlay.com that are experienced and communicative and can help you play the blues music.

Now if I want to move that up the neck, all I have to do if I’m playing in G, that’s now an E shaped chord, and just take your finger off and count up to one, two, three, four, and make your D7 shape and now go [music]. Or play all three strings at the same time [music]. If you wanted to do it in A, you do the same thing. Make your bar chord at the fifth fret. That’s an E shaped chord. Now count up to four - one, two, three, four - and put the top notes of your D7 shaped chord and now play [music].

So in just two or three minutes, I’ve shown you how to play a classic blues turnaround that signifies what blues music is supposed to sound like and creates a tempo and is a great introduction and you can build solos on it and it only took me two or three minutes to show you. And believe me, there are many more experienced instructors at JamPlay.com in all styles of genres and music that can show you how to play the guitar effectively and creatively.

I hope to see you at JamPlay.com.