12 Bars Blues Riffs Part 1 (Guitar Lesson)

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12 Bars Blues Riffs Part 1

Learn essential riffs that can be used with the 12 bar blues. You'll be surprised how good you sound after learning these.

Taught by Will Ripley in Building the Blues seriesLength: 8:21Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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CheeksterCheekster replied

Hi Will, I don’t see a chord chart. How do we access that?

Bradley.ConwayBradley.Conway replied

Hi Cheekster! I noticed that too. I just took the chords from the top of the staff and looked them up in the Chord Library. You can look them up here: http://members.jamplay.com/teaching-tools/chord-library/family/a

Bradley.ConwayBradley.Conway replied

Hi Cheekster! There is no chord chart for this lesson, but you can view the notation & tabs by clicking the red "Supplemental" button located directly below the video player. You may also want to check the Chord Library where there are over 950,000 different chord variations. You'll find it under "Tools" button on your homepage. Cheers :)

AJ3AJ3 replied

Will your the man. I have followed the whole time on Jam Play. Your a smart guy and a good teacher.

Building the Blues

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Learn the core concepts necessary to truly play the blues. Master the 12 bar form, learn timeless blues licks, develop an understanding of blues lead playing and so much more.



Series IntroductionLesson 1

Series Introduction

Learn all about Will Ripley's new Blues course, Building the Blues.

Length: 4:45 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Soloing Over Blues for BeginnersLesson 2

Soloing Over Blues for Beginners

Jump into the world of the Blues by learning some easy solo techniques. Get started with a bang!

Length: 16:39 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Understanding the 12 Bar BluesLesson 3

Understanding the 12 Bar Blues

The 12 bar blues is one of the cornerstones of the Blues genre. Will dissects it in this lesson so you will never feel confused again!

Length: 11:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
How to Read Chord ChartsLesson 4

How to Read Chord Charts

Learn how to read and use chords charts. This will help you learn songs even faster!

Length: 7:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
12 Bars Blues Riffs Part 1Lesson 5

12 Bars Blues Riffs Part 1

Learn essential riffs that can be used with the 12 bar blues. You'll be surprised how good you sound after learning these.

Length: 8:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
12 Bars Blues Riffs Part 2Lesson 6

12 Bars Blues Riffs Part 2

We introduce more riffs to be played over the 12 bar blues. Learning these simple riffs will up your Blues game.

Length: 12:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Open String Blues TechniquesLesson 7

Open String Blues Techniques

One of the best ways to get a big, raw sound is to make use of open strings. Learn how to use this technique with the 12 bar blues, as well as some amazing variations.

Length: 14:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Applying the Open StringsLesson 8

Applying the Open Strings

Now that you've learned how to use open strings in your playing, Will will go over how to apply and use them in real music. You'll also learn how to apply shuffles and a straight rhythm.

Length: 16:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Riffing UpLesson 9

Riffing Up

It's time to learn the rest of the riffs from the track we've been working on. We will cover the shuffle riffs with and without the quick 4 and a straight rhythm riff. It's fun and sounds amazing!

Length: 12:30 Difficulty: 3.0 FREE
Chuck Berry Chops BuilderLesson 10

Chuck Berry Chops Builder

Ready for a challenging yet fun blues workout? Enter the Chuck Berry Chops Builder. This routine will help you improve not only your Blues playing, but also help with your all-around guitar skills.

Length: 9:58 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
John Be Nice - Chuck Berry Style TrackLesson 11

John Be Nice - Chuck Berry Style Track

It's time to incorporate everything we've learned so far into a fun, fast paced song. This time it's in the style of legend Chuck Berry.

Length: 12:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The Open E BluesLesson 12

The Open E Blues

Will rips into the key of E by teaching this open E riff. It's fun, sounds cool, makes use of open strings and introduces a classic-style turnaround.

Length: 9:58 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Best Blues TurnaroundsLesson 13

Best Blues Turnarounds

Will Ripley shows off a few of his all-time favorite blues turnaround. Discover not only how to play them, but also how and when to use them.

Length: 9:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Open String ShuffleLesson 14

Open String Shuffle

It's time to introduce a new song. It's soulful and fun, and includes open string riffs, a turnaround, the A7 and B7 chords and much more.

Length: 5:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Texas ShuffleLesson 15

The Texas Shuffle

Will Ripley introduces "The Texas Shuffle," a common blues technique which Steve Ray Vaughan used in songs such as "Pride and Joy."

Length: 8:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
12 Bar Blues ExpansionLesson 16

12 Bar Blues Expansion

It's time to use some of the most powerful Blues chords. In this lesson Will teaches an exercises that uses some of his favorite blues chords and fingerings.

Length: 13:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Chords to Unlock the Blues SoundLesson 17

Chords to Unlock the Blues Sound

Will introduces some of the most powerful blues chords, as well as introduces a really fun Blues tune which uses them.

Length: 13:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
How to End a Blues SongLesson 18

How to End a Blues Song

Will Ripley talks about his philosophy and personal tricks for successfully ending a Blues song.

Length: 8:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Spineless BluesLesson 19

Spineless Blues

Will Ripley introduces a brand-new idea he calls a "spineless blues" progression. He is referring to a song that floats around between the major and minor key which gives it a unique, soulful sound.

Length: 14:22 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Applying New Blues Chords 1Lesson 20

Applying New Blues Chords 1

Will introduces an entirely new JamTrack and guides you through playing chords over it. Enhance your knowledge of chords and chord technique.

Length: 7:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Thirds and Flat 7'sLesson 21

Thirds and Flat 7's

Have you ever wondered how to play two notes at the same time? Learn the technique and understand Thirds and Flat 7's in this lesson.

Length: 17:22 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Sunny MondayLesson 22

Sunny Monday

Discover a new Jam Track Will calls "Sunny Monday" which goes through the peaks and valleys of playing the Blues.

Length: 22:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Applying New Blues Chords 2Lesson 23

Applying New Blues Chords 2

What's the 1-6-2-5-1 ? Find out as Will shows you a mix and different styles, lead licks, chugging, melody and soloing.

Length: 10:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Chug RhythmLesson 24

Chug Rhythm

Learn one of the best strength building exercises that Will demonstrates and explains in detail.

Length: 7:49 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Simple Blues SoloingLesson 25

Simple Blues Soloing

Bridge similarities between chording and soloing as Will teaches you some essential techniques for simple blues soloing.

Length: 10:44 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Minor BluesLesson 26

Minor Blues

Will dissects "The thrill is gone", in the style of BB King and teaches us how integrate new chords, riffs, and other elements for the Minor Blues

Length: 13:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Reggae Style Off Beat RhythmLesson 27

Reggae Style Off Beat Rhythm

Learn to break down the Rhythm of blues guitar to transition another rhythm sequence and understand how related Blues, Reggae, and Funk are.

Length: 6:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Secret to Feeling the BluesLesson 28

The Secret to Feeling the Blues

"The blues is easy to play, but it's hard to feel" - Jimi Hendrix - Will explains his secrets to feeling the blues in this indepth lesson.

Length: 8:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Pentatonic and Blues Scales Part 1Lesson 29

Pentatonic and Blues Scales Part 1

Understand why scales are essential to playing awesome blues solo guitar and why it's important to learn all the scales in one key.

Length: 24:13 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Pentatonic and Blues Scales Part 2Lesson 30

Pentatonic and Blues Scales Part 2

Learn how to play over a major or dominant based blues and to focus on 3 keys "E Minor, A Minor, B Minor".

Length: 14:51 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Connecting the Pentatonic ScalesLesson 31

Connecting the Pentatonic Scales

Solidify original concepts by navigating the fretboard in patterns to connect different Pentatonic Scales.

Length: 11:49 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Applying and Memorizing the ScalesLesson 32

Applying and Memorizing the Scales

Will demonstrates a fun way to start practicing the Penatonic Scales and how to approach it from a different angle.

Length: 12:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Money NotesLesson 33

The Money Notes

What are the money notes? Will continues the theme of uncovering the best parts of performing pentatonic scales and how to make it sound rich.

Length: 11:35 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Sweet Blues VibratoLesson 34

Sweet Blues Vibrato

Understand the spectrum and importance of performing sweet blues vibrato. You will learn how to sustain, be consistent with the bending motion and tempo, and become very rhythmic with shaking the note

Length: 7:59 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
How to Bend Strings ProperlyLesson 35

How to Bend Strings Properly

Will shows and tells us the key secret to performing bends by using more muscle, adding vibrato, and using your own creativity.

Length: 12:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Easy Blues Solo for BeginnersLesson 36

Easy Blues Solo for Beginners

Learn the essential techniques for blues soloing such as, bending the change pitch of the note, following the chord changes, making sure you don't over play and much more!

Length: 10:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The B.B. and Albert BoxLesson 37

The B.B. and Albert Box

Discover the BB Box/ Albert Box technique that uncovers a zone on the fretboard for you to utilize for maximum effect.

Length: 10:09 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Smoke and Grease LicksLesson 38

Smoke and Grease Licks

Will introduces us to the "Smoke and Grease" lick that emcompasses combinations of major, minor and blues note, and navigating through the fretboard.

Length: 9:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Smoke and GreaseLesson 39

Smoke and Grease

Tackle and resolve the "Smoke and Grease" blues riff that focuses on the 1-4-5 pattern while adding intensity to your down and up strokes.

Length: 16:32 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Licks Over Jump BluesLesson 40

Licks Over Jump Blues

Learn to create a blues melody and how to expand on it over a Rockabilly style track.

Length: 14:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Starter LickLesson 41

The Starter Lick

Will teaches a universal and common blues lick that has been played by all the legends. It's a great launching pad for other blues licks as well.

Length: 5:45 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Blues Pentatonic WorkoutLesson 42

Blues Pentatonic Workout

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Length: 8:32 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Guitar Pick vs. FingersLesson 43

Guitar Pick vs. Fingers

What's the difference between using the guitar pick, versus using your fingers? Find out the secrets in this lesson by understanding the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Length: 6:38 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
How to Strike the Notes for Blues FuryLesson 44

How to Strike the Notes for Blues Fury

Learn to strike strings with speed, power, and control to get the intensity necessary for the fury of the Blues.

Length: 5:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Call and ResponseLesson 45

Call and Response

Will explains and shows us the importance of using space, playing tastefully, and understanding the history of an important technique, "Call and Response."

Length: 5:17 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
How Modes Fit Into the BluesLesson 46

How Modes Fit Into the Blues

Learn the essential building blocks to know how modes fit into Blues style guitar playing.

Length: 7:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Intro to Blues Slide GuitarLesson 47

Intro to Blues Slide Guitar

Develop your internal pitch with Will while he explains the beginning steps for the Blues Slide Guitar.

Length: 12:41 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Open D Slide Guitar SongLesson 48

Open D Slide Guitar Song

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Length: 8:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
How to Craft a Great Blues SoloLesson 49

How to Craft a Great Blues Solo

Every Blues solo tells a story. Ripley demonstrates how to approach a blues solo by using different themes, feelings, and techniques.

Length: 8:30 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Blues Gear, Blues ToneLesson 50

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Need Blues Gear recommendations? Look no further! Will goes over different picks, strings, guitars, amps and other pieces of equipment you might need for getting the best Blues Tone.

Length: 9:27 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Coming from a blues and classic rock background, Ripley discovered 90?s rock in his late teens. Ripley’s style is unique. He’s been described as combining the blues guitar playing of Albert King and Jimi Hendrix with big riffs that are reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and Rage Against the Machine with the booty shaking rhythms of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and N.E.R.D. Ripley also has a soft place in his heart for pop music ranging from The Beatles to Stone Temple Pilots to Kelly Clarkson.

In addition to creation and production of music, Ripley teaches guitar using a method he developed through his education and over countless sessions with learners of all ages and levels. This led to the development of a successful series of recorded lessons called Guitar Goals available from his website. As the founder of the Will Ripley Guitar School he has begun expanding as a franchise into other cities which has 1 location currently – the Vancouver Guitar School. Students the world over can learn guitar using this effective, rewarding, and enjoyable style at their own pace – with epic results!

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