Blues Rhythm Guitar

LEARN THIS TIMELESS STYLE

Hone your skills in blues rhythm guitar and take a deep dive into this timeless style with our flexible, guitar course online. Ideal for burgeoning blues guitarists, walk step-by-step through each module and build on your abilities to create a confident, authentic jazz blues sound.

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BLUES RHYTHM GUITAR ONLINE COURSE

Learn to play blues rhythm guitar with Elevate. In this module you’ll get a better understanding of the different forms of ‘the blues’ – from 12 bar blues to minor blues, blues progressions and chord shapes. You’ll then get a feel for turnarounds, fretting and picking techniques, chord progressions, and riffs. Discover the structures that create this iconic sound, the rhythm patterns and the bass line, as well as essential blues terms and vocabulary. Then, put it all into practice and develop a sound of your own, making amateur playing blues rhythm guitar more enjoyable, or setting the stage for a music career.

This anytime online course in how to play blues guitar takes you from simple structure of blues rhythm through to advanced techniques that talented blues guitar players practice, and even playing in a jazz blues band. With six modules divided into digestible lessons, you’ll easily manage each guitar lesson at your own pace, ready for your next jam session.

This is a highly practical, rhythm playing course with step-by-step guides for each of the 6 modules over 31 lessons. Each is made up of a series of lessons that you can work through at your own pace. Once you’ve completed each module, you’ll have mastered some of the key roles of a blues guitarist and will have developed an authentic blues sound. Gain confidence in your skills and get playing the blues guitar the right way.

Only £20

Learn to play blues guitar

  • 31 Unique lessons across 6 packed modules
  • Created by practicing industry experts
  • 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 rhythm guitar course is packed full of HD video lessons,
suggested tasks and industry insider hints.

1
Master Forms & Structure

You’ll start this course by getting a feel for blues rhythm tempo: the time, shuffle rhythm, and swing of playing. Learn about everything from the equal beats of straight-time to the 12 bar, 8 and 16-bar blues, the four bars and two bars, quick change variation, and touch on major and minor scales.

2
Discover Riffs & Fills

Riffs and refrains are a key element of blues rhythm music. You'll discover how to make your own blues rhythm through learning about chords, alongside guitar techniques like palm muting, fretting hand bounce, and double stops.

3
Perfect Your Classic Chord Moves

To develop your own blues sequences, you'll need to understand the building blocks of rhythm and blues chords. In this module, you'll touch on slide chords, sixth on strings, chord extensions, as well as other chords, giving you an impressive bank of rhythm guitar techniques to apply.

4
All About Turnarounds

Learn the formula for creating turnarounds and how to implement them into your own playing, with inspiration from greats like Muddy Waters. You'll then be able to perform standard, non-open and chordal turnarounds to improve your jazz or blues style.

5
Advanced Chords & Substitutions

Moving on to more advanced chords, you'll learn how to apply more sophisticated harmonies to your sequences through this module. You'll explore dominant chords, major 6th chords, the iconic 'Hendrix' chord, and the difference between static and 'moving' chords.

6
Playing In A Band

With everything you've learned so far, you'll have plenty to put into practice as part of an ensemble performance. You'll finish the course by developing your analytical music skills and revisiting earlier techniques on timing, riffs and types of chord.

  • Blues Rhythm Guitar
    1
    Master Forms & Structure

    You’ll start this course by getting a feel for blues rhythm tempo: the time, shuffle rhythm, and swing of playing. Learn about everything from the equal beats of straight-time to the 12 bar, 8 and 16-bar blues, the four bars and two bars, quick change variation, and touch on major and minor scales.

    2
    Discover Riffs & Fills

    Riffs and refrains are a key element of blues rhythm music. You'll discover how to make your own blues rhythm through learning about chords, alongside guitar techniques like palm muting, fretting hand bounce, and double stops.

    3
    Perfect Your Classic Chord Moves

    To develop your own blues sequences, you'll need to understand the building blocks of rhythm and blues chords. In this module, you'll touch on slide chords, sixth on strings, chord extensions, as well as other chords, giving you an impressive bank of rhythm guitar techniques to apply.

    4
    All About Turnarounds

    Learn the formula for creating turnarounds and how to implement them into your own playing, with inspiration from greats like Muddy Waters. You'll then be able to perform standard, non-open and chordal turnarounds to improve your jazz or blues style.

    5
    Advanced Chords & Substitutions

    Moving on to more advanced chords, you'll learn how to apply more sophisticated harmonies to your sequences through this module. You'll explore dominant chords, major 6th chords, the iconic 'Hendrix' chord, and the difference between static and 'moving' chords.

    6
    Playing In A Band

    With everything you've learned so far, you'll have plenty to put into practice as part of an ensemble performance. You'll finish the course by developing your analytical music skills and revisiting earlier techniques on timing, riffs and types of chord.

Here what our students say

Anthony S.D.

Blues Rhythm Guitar

“I learnt so much from this course! For me it not only gave me the basics but the confidence to try some of the tips and ‘tricks’ which work just great. I’d say this is a must if you want to be a confident and serious guitar player. On saying that it’s also great if you just want to play along with tracks or by yourself.”

Warren Y.

Blues Rhythm Guitar

“The teaching is fantastic. I have learnt so much from the first few videos, I keep going back to them. The only thing I would say is that I can’t find the name of the teacher who appears in the videos and I don’t recall him introducing himself at all. I can’t see his name on any of the course details.”

Fabio S.

Blues Rhythm Guitar

“Really good. Key information to get the essentials down for your next blues jam.”

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Thinking about this online blues guitar course?

  • I'm a beginner guitarist. Is this course too advanced for me?

    No, not at all. If you’re interested in learning blues guitar, this course is the perfect place to start. While it does require some basic knowledge of how to play the guitar, you’ll cover the foundations of blues guitar playing techniques so can take your studies one step at a time.

  • What learning materials are included?

    The blues guitar course includes instructional videos and lead sheets, as well as some original backing tracks for you to play, practice and jam along to.

  • Will I be able to participate in blues jams after this course?

    Yes – this blues guitar course was specifically designed with this goal in mind. Once you’ve finished studying the course modules, you’ll be a capable blues guitarist able to take part in any blues jam night you come across!

  • 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.

  • When can I begin my course?

    You can start whenever you’re ready. Elevate courses are accessed on demand, so you can start and pause your learning at any time. There are no deadlines to begin or complete your course by, so you can progress your studies when it suits you. All course materials are yours to keep, so you can take the course again further down the track if you’d like.

  • 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, and of course, your favourite guitar.

  • Do I receive any discounts as an Elevate student?

    Yes. We work with a range of industry partners to provide Elevate students like yourself with discounted software to support your learning journey. Your courses will include links to discounts, where relevant.

  • 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! 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.

  • 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.

Meet your guitar expert Pete

Pete Whittard | Blue Guitar | Elevate

Pete Whittard

Pete Whittard is a musician, professional guitarist, author and music educator. He has written a range of guitar transcription books and is a regular long-time journalist for Guitar Techniques and Total 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 blues guitar 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

Informative

Rated 4 out of 5

Short lessons but very informative. So far I’ve completed 2 lessons and I’m happy knowing already different parts of blues guitar.

Xavier V.

Enjoyable and helpful!

Rated 5 out of 5

I enjoy the lesson and am making progress in playing the blues guitar. Everything taught here is quite helpful for me. I have been enjoying it!

Francois C.

Thank you

Rated 5 out of 5

Hello All.

I bought a guitar and the course. This is the only course I was bought so far. I started to learn. It hasn’t been easy at the beginning but then suddenly started to work even for me :-).

I highly recommend the course for anybody who wants to learn play the guitar. Thank you!

Carlos 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 Rhythm Guitar

£20