The blues is a distinctly American style of music. Many popular genres such as jazz, rock, and country music draw upon basic blues concepts. Consequently, it is advantageous for any guitarist to study the blues.
Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.
Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.
699 of 716 of our members have given this their approval.
Download tabs, helpers, JamTracks and docs included with lessons.
Eric Madis will guide you through the world of electric blues. He will start off with the basics of country and urban blues and move on to touch on nearly every facet of electric blues playing.Begin the Course
In this lesson, Eric introduces himself and his Phase 2 lesson series. He also teaches a basic blues shuffle in the style of Jimmy Reed.
Eric teaches a few popular Lightnin' Hopkins licks. These licks can be played over the blues shuffle from the previous lesson.
Eric covers a few more essential licks in the style of Lightnin' Hopkins.
Eric teaches a few licks inspired by the great John Lee Hooker.
Eric Madis explains a country blues lick he calls the "Country Blues Double Wham."
In this lesson Eric talks about playing basic lead in the Memphis Blues style.
Eric demonstrates how the Memphis blues licks taught in the previous lesson can be used over various chords.
Eric demonstrates how to construct a full 12 bar blues solo by using the Memphis blues licks he taught in previous lessons.
In this lesson, Eric applies the Memphis Blues Lead to a practical blues context.
In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches two licks that can be used over an A chord.
In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches a type of blues shuffle that he calls the "IC Blues."
In this lesson, Eric talks about playing blues lead using licks you already know.
Eric Madis begins to explain T-Bone Walker's style of playing the blues.
Eric Madis teaches a classic T-Bone Walker lick and talks about several different variations you can play.
Eric Madis introduces several new T-Bone Walker licks and explains the ways they can be used.
Eric continues his exploration of T-Bone Walker licks and techniques.
Eric wraps up his overview of T-Bone Walker licks and techniques in this lesson. You will be applying what you've learned in the next lesson, so be sure to practice.
Eric teaches a swing blues progression. He teaches the progression in the key of A and explains how licks from previous lessons can be played over it.
In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches the blues progression to "Stormy Monday Blues." This progression is played in the style of T-Bone Walker and Earl "Fatha" Hines.
In this lesson, Eric returns to the world of "Stormy Monday Blues" to teach an amazing introduction segment.
Eric Madis teaches a series of licks that can be used to transition from one pentatonic pattern to another.
In this lesson, Eric Madis demonstrates popular blues licks within the second pattern of the minor pentatonic scale.
In this lesson Eric talks about one of the classic blues tunes, "The Thrill is Gone," by B.B. King.
In this lesson, Eric Madis introduces the third pattern of the minor pentatonic scale. This pattern is used frequently by the likes of B.B. King.
Eric Madis once again talks about third position and how it can be used. He also introduces a slew of new licks.
In this lesson Eric Madis talks about the fourth position of blues playing.
In this lesson Eric talks about "strategies" to use while playing and improvising.
Eric Madis introduces the alternative blues shuffle, which is particularly useful on guitars featuring humbucker pickups.
In this lesson Eric Madis teaches licks in the style of Freddie King.
In this lesson Eric talks about the differences between the minor blues and the "dominant" blues. He also introduces the modes, beginning with the Aeolian mode.
In this lesson Eric Madis introduces the Locrian mode and talks about how it can be used in blues.
Eric continues his series on modes. This time he covers the Dorian mode and its relation to the blues.
Eric continues his discussion on modes in relation to the minor key blues.
Eric Madis teaches a handful of minor 7th arpeggios in this lesson.
Eric demonstrates dominant 7th arpeggios in this lesson.
Eric discusses dominant seventh arpeggios and how they can be used in blues licks.
Eric talks all about diminished 7th arpeggios and gives five exercises to practice.
Learn how the diminished 7th arpeggios from the previous lesson can be applied to the blues.
Eric teaches the catchy blues song "You Don't Love Me."
Eric teaches Freddie King variations on T-Bone Walker licks.
Eric provides an exercise that uses previously learned licks from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th patterns of the minor pentatonic scale.
Eric starts you off on the right foot with an introduction to modes.
In this lesson, Eric explains some common blues applications for the modes of the major scale.
Eric Madis continues his discussion on mode application concepts.
Eric Madis discusses major pentatonic scale ideas.
Eric shares some more great lick ideas that you can incorporate into your playing.
Eric shares ideas on ending licks, turnarounds, and tags in this lesson.
Eric Madis teaches some great filler licks for your bag of tricks.
Eric Madis talks about some common blues bass lines that will spice up your playing.
Eric Madis teaches some classic ending licks.
Eric Madis introduces the swing style of the 12 bar blues.
Eric Madis introduces the basics of the classic minor blues and talks about how this progression can be spiced up using simple blues techniques.
In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches a popular blues progression in 8/8 time. This rhythmic feel gives the progression a funkier or more rock-like feel than the traditional blues.
Eric teaches a classic blues progression he calls the "Descending Minor Blues."
Eric Madis teaches an interesting minor blues progression he calls the "Modern Block Chord Minor Key Blues."
Eric Madis teaches an amazing blues progression he calls "The Detroit Chicago Funky Blues."
Eric Madis moves on and teaches an astonishing blues progression he dubs "Jimmy Nolen's Funky Groove."
Eric Madis introduces a blues style called "The Bump Shuffle."
In this lesson Eric Madis teaches a second way to play the classic blues progression "The Bump Shuffle."
Eric Madis teaches a bass oriented blues progression entitled the "Chicago Bass Groove."
Eric Madis teaches another powerful bass groove he has extracted from the world of blues.
Eric Madis teaches another useful bass groove for blues guitar.
Eric Madis teaches another valuable blues bass groove.
In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches a blues bass groove inspired by Howlin' Wolf.
In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches a valuable blues chord progression that he calls "Minor Progression Major Chords."
Eric enthusiastically presents a new chord progression he calls the "Sliding Ninth Groove."
Eric pays tribute to Memphis Slim and Jimmy Reed in something he likes to call the "Tribute Blues Shuffle."
Eric Madis teaches a blues chord progression inspired by the Chicago style of blues playing. This progression has a funky rhythmic feel.
Let's Start. Together.
Setup your account and explore our courses, teaching tools and resources.Get Started
... and it was easy to understand.
Actually all of the above! Great lesson.
All of the above.
All three. Love Eric. For some reason the way he explains and the pacing works really well for me.
An easy starter lesson that was well presented, easy to understand and follow, and finishes with a nice little turnaround that is sure to impress your friends. Thanks
Brill lesson good foundation for many types of blues.Very well explained very clear.Great.
Expanded Blues scale
Eric has this great way of moving at an appropriate pace (especially for beginners), then building on each lesson to help establish a library of licks (with understanding of each). He is also very good about repeating at just the right interva
I'm starting lesson #12, but wanted to review the 1st eleven lessons quickly to make sure I didn't miss any of the nuances or techniques, since my ear is picking up much more than when I started with Eric.
Eric is great!
Great player nice guy and good teacher
Eric knows how to teach! And I can tell he has some heart...
Eric Madis is the real deal when it comes to his electrifying renditions of a wide range of blues styles. My favorite style is, gospel blues.
Excellent explanation of 12 bar blues, the turn around and the tag. Looking forward to continuing with this series.
Explaining details like the E diminished seventh chord was perfect. Was the exact answer to the question that was going through my head when he said it.
Good balance of information and context. Great teacher!
Good description. Just enough detail.
Good lesson . He is clear in his teaching.
Good stuff. Nice guitar too.
Great alternative Eric, although I found it easier to move to the second shape with my first finger hitting the D string and holding that shape for the third beat of each bar.
Great overview on T-bones most common licks
Great practical lesson from a good communicator. Some reference examples (artist, song) would have been great to hear how this works in a real song.
Great teaching style, never patronising - Eric really knows his stuff. Great to have Eric at JamPlay!
Great! All three choices.
I like the explanation of what is happening theoretically
I like the teacher, easy to understand......and just what I need!
I love this guy. Great lessons..
I needed some dirty old blues explained well.
I think it needs a little more to "put it all together"...at least for me. Maybe that comes in the next lesson?
I wish I could lick on all of the above choices. I like the way this guy presents his material. It is really easy to follow. And it is just what I need right now.
I would have selected all three had I had the option.
If it was capable I would check all three boxes above. Should be fun to follow through the lessons.
well spoken easy to understand lesson great job.
It's a lot and will take a while but it looks doable. Thanks Eric
Just starting my Blues adventure, fun already...Thanks
Like the variation on the basic Shuffle Thanks
Love the teacher, just wish there was more supplemental material. He teaches really cool things, but it would be great just to be able to see it all.