Blues Guitar Styles

DISCOVER KEYSTYLES OF THE GREATS

What do Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton and BB King have in common? Legendary skills in blues guitar, and the confidence to make the style their own. In our flexible, online blues guitar course, expert guitarist Justin Sandercoe guides you through the history of blues and shares the key techniques and players of six iconic styles.

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Online course Blues Guitar Styles

Created by Justin Sandercoe one of the world’s most influential guitar teachers, he has produced thousands of online guitar lessons and inspired millions of guitar players for the past 20 years. Through videos, reading, notations, backing tracks and more, discover the language, history and techniques that have shaped the blues across the years. You’ll cover influences like jazz and rock, learn techniques from curls to bends, and blend skills, knowledge and sound to put it all together.

Split into 6 modules over 41 lessons, each covering a unique blues style like Texas Blues or British Blues, you can do it all at your own pace. To further hone your technique, try the free monthly masterclasses or optional upgrades, like 121 mentoring or music lessons. It’s the perfect course for guitarists looking to broaden their skills or try something new.

Once you’ve finished the six modules in this step-by-step course, you’ll have practical knowledge and authentic skills – and sound like you’ve been playing the blues for years!

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  • 41 Unique lessons across 6 packed modules
  • Created Justin Sandercoe
  • Learn at you own pace in your own time
  • HD video industry insider hints & tips
  • Immersive interactive learning
  • Certificate on completion
  • Downloadable lesson guides
  • Lifetime access
  • Mobile friendly platform
  • Access to a live session masterclass

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Modules in this course

This online blues guitar styles course is packed full of HD video
lessons, suggested tasks and industry insider hints

1
Texas Blues

Begin your mastery of the blues with the Texas Blues, a style influenced by jazz, swing, blues rock and Southern rock. Learn how and when to use a looper, discover legendary licks and rhythms, and be inspired by greats like Freddy King and Lightnin’ Hopkins.

2
Chicago Blues

The inspiration behind 1960s beat groups like the Rolling Stones, get to grips with the Chicago Blues, exploring hallmarks like blues curls, and the licks and rhythms of artists like Hubert Sumlin and Muddy Waters.

3
West Coast Blues

After many Texas Blues players relocated to California, a new style was born: the West Coast Blues. Uncover its jazz and jump blues influence, learn how to perform bending techniques, and emulate the style of iconic guitarists like Johnny Watson and T Bone Walker.

4
Memphis Blues

With roots in the Deep South, the Memphis Blues was an early influencer of R&B music. Find out how to perform more extreme bending techniques, and learn from the kings of the blues: Albert King and BB King.

5
British Blues

A cousin to the American Blues of the 60s, the British Blues brought the style more mainstream. There’s plenty to learn and master on this module, like vibrato techniques, and the licks and rhythms of legends like Peter Green and Eric Clapton.

6
Late Texas Blues

Get acquainted with more modern blues heroes, like Johnny Winter Licks and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In this final module, you’ll perform string muting techniques, and recap bending, vibrato and looping for more polished playing.

  • Blues Guitar Styles
    1
    Texas Blues

    Begin your mastery of the blues with the Texas Blues, a style influenced by jazz, swing, blues rock and Southern rock. Learn how and when to use a looper, discover legendary licks and rhythms, and be inspired by greats like Freddy King and Lightnin’ Hopkins.

    2
    Chicago Blues

    The inspiration behind 1960s beat groups like the Rolling Stones, get to grips with the Chicago Blues, exploring hallmarks like blues curls, and the licks and rhythms of artists like Hubert Sumlin and Muddy Waters.

    3
    West Coast Blues

    After many Texas Blues players relocated to California, a new style was born: the West Coast Blues. Uncover its jazz and jump blues influence, learn how to perform bending techniques, and emulate the style of iconic guitarists like Johnny Watson and T Bone Walker.

    4
    Memphis Blues

    With roots in the Deep South, the Memphis Blues was an early influencer of R&B music. Find out how to perform more extreme bending techniques, and learn from the kings of the blues: Albert King and BB King.

    5
    British Blues

    A cousin to the American Blues of the 60s, the British Blues brought the style more mainstream. There’s plenty to learn and master on this module, like vibrato techniques, and the licks and rhythms of legends like Peter Green and Eric Clapton.

    6
    Late Texas Blues

    Get acquainted with more modern blues heroes, like Johnny Winter Licks and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In this final module, you’ll perform string muting techniques, and recap bending, vibrato and looping for more polished playing.

Here what our students say

Jorge G.

Blues Guitar Styles

“Very good course. I’m developing my blues phrasing above what I expected.”

Milly L.

Blues Guitar Styles

“This course is a great fit for my current skill level and for where i want to be as a guitar player.”

Joshua C.

Blues Guitar Styles

“Exactly what I need at this time in my music journey! Wanted to branch out from my usual playing and this has really helped push that along.”

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Thinking about this online music course?

  • WHICH BLUES GUITARISTS WILL WE STUDY?

    The course covers all of the favourite blues guitar legends, including Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, T-Bone Walker and many more!

  • WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS COURSE AND THE BLUES RHYTHM GUITAR COURSE?

    The Blues Guitar Styles course takes you on an in-depth journey through blues guitar playing. Each chapter will explore a different blues guitar style and blues guitar legend, such as BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. You’ll learn tips and tricks throughout to help you explore their musical techniques so that you can begin incorporating some of their legendary blues guitar playing into your own music.

  • IS THIS A BEGINNER COURSE?

    This course suitable for foundation to lower intermediate level players. So a little more intermediate-level than our Blues Rhythm Guitar course. If you’re not sure which option is best for you, why not purchase our blues guitar course bundle to support your ongoing blues guitar journey?

  • DOES THIS COURSE INCLUDE BACKING TRACKS?

    Yes. This course includes a range of backing tracks for you to download and play along to – much like our Blues Rhythm Guitar course. You’ll also receive a range of case studies and lead sheets to support your blues guitar learning journey.

  • What can I expect if I sign up for an Elevate course?

    Expect something highly engaging! Elevate courses are packed full of interactive learning elements. You’ll have access to video and written lessons, and will use diagrams, case studies and insider hints and tips in your studies. Once you’ve completed an Elevate course, you’ll have lifetime access to all information shared, meaning you can revisit your course materials whenever you like.

  • How can I pay for a course?

    We offer a range of payment methods for your course, including PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, Apple Pay and Google Pay. You can even use PayPal credit to spread your payments.

  • Can I bundle courses together?

    Yes. In fact, many of our courses are designed to be taken together as a bundle, allowing you to progress your skill level in a particular area from beginner to intermediate. Explore our Elevate bundle offers to find your perfect course bundle.

  • Who can I contact if I have questions about my course?

    If you have any questions about your course, please send an email to hello@icmp-elevate.com. We aim to respond to all emails within 24 hours – if not sooner! You can also call our admissions team on 020 7328 0222

  • What do I receive when I finish my course?

    Once you’ve completed all your course lessons, you’ll be awarded a certificate found on your dashboard page, which you can download and share.

  • Do I really get lifetime access?

    Yes – you absolutely do! ICMP Elevate courses are designed to be revisited, so you can reuse the course material to practice, develop and continue to improve. As long as you have an account with us, you’ll have access to all the courses you’ve purchased.

  • When can I begin my course?

  • What kind of device do I need?

    To study an Elevate course, you just need to bring an inquisitive mind. You can easily complete your course on any mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

Meet your tutor Justin Sandercoe

Justin Sandercoe

Justin Sandercoe is a UK-based guitarist who is one of the world’s most influential guitar teachers. He has produced thousands of online guitar lessons and inspired millions of guitar players for the past 20 years. Guitar legends Brian May, Mark Knopfler and Tommy Emmanuel have all applauded Justin’s teaching style and lessons, recommending him for his comprehensive, inspiring lessons and deep insight and knowledge of guitar. He regularly contributes to well-known guitar magazines.

“Getting Up and playing a blues jam is a right-of-passage for all guitarists, but how to decide what to play? I wanted to write a course that helped guitarists understand the typical ‘jobs’ that guitarists do in the rhythm section, and by using lots of examples, show how they fit together. The aim is to give players the toolkit and confidence to sign up, get up, and jam with the band!”

See what our students say

Good course!

Rated 5 out of 5

I enjoyed it very much!

Alejandro D.

great course

Rated 5 out of 5

This course had easy to understand concepts that I started incorporating into my playing instantly. The ideas are presented in a way that worked really well for me. Great Course, thank you.

Reggie G.

Spiced up my playing

Rated 5 out of 5

This is exactly what I needed as a self-taught intermediate. I have felt a bit in a rut lately and this is giving a lot of new awesome stuff to try to spice up my playing. The teaching style and course content is also very well put together and easy to follow.

Christiano R.

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We accept payments via Credit Card, PayPal, Google Pay and Apple Pay. You can even spread your payments using PayPal Credit.

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Blues Guitar Styles

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