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Your First Guitar Blues Song

In todayís tutorial we will learn our first blues song.

12 Bar Blues


The 12 bar blues is a specific chord progression that acts as the basis for countless songs.  Not only is the 12 bar blues progression common to blues, it is frequently employed in rock, pop, country, folk and jazz songs.  

In your first song, only two fingers are used (fingers 1 and 3).  Once you learn the pattern in measure one, you just have to move it across a string to play it in D and E. 
This piece uses the pull-off.  An arched line connecting notes of different pitches indicates a pull-off or a hammer-on
As you will recall from our previous tutorial on hammer-ons and pull-offs, to perform a pull-off, simply pick the higher pitched note and then sound the lower note with your fret-hand. 

Itís best to place both fingers on the notes to be sounded and then pull-off the higher finger so that the lower note is heard.   You do not pick the note that is pulled off; its sound is produced by your fret-hand.

All of the notes in this piece are eighth notes and are counted as 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +. 
This lesson is excerpted from The EDGE: CORE Beginner Guitar Lessons Volume 1.
Don J. MacLean

Don J. MacLean is one of the world's leading authorities on accelerated learning systems for guitar-with students using his methods in
more than 50 countries worldwide. Don is the author of over 60 books including The Ultimate Guitar EDGE; The World of Scales; the
Absolute Essentials of Music Theory for Guitar; How I Got Killer Guitar Chops While I Was Still in High School: Confessions of a High
School Shredder; 21 Secrets to Learn any Guitar Song Super-Fast; 7 Secrets to Learn any Guitar Chord Super-Fast; and Guitar
Essentials: Chord Master Expanded Edition.
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