Simply My Opinion on the Blues

Everything I say, or play, or teach is simply my take on the Blues. I don’t proffess to be anything other than I am. A guy who has always been fascinated by the Blues, it’s music, it’s people and it’s history.

There are a lot of great players out there who have attained a depth and proficiency  I never will. I’m ok with it. I have always played for me. The Blues has always been a puzzle I’ll never solve.

I get more out of teaching someone something I’ve figured out than out of anything else, except for playing myself.

I always recommend you listen to the original to really get the feel for the song or the lick. Buy the discs and listen to them often just for the joy of listening.

I know there are a lot of people on youtube and elsewhere trying to making a living teaching guitar and kudos to them.

I will never charge for any lesson and don’t dis on them for doing so. I give lessons in my home for free too.

To me the Internet is about sharing information. And I love to share what little I know about playing the blues.

If I do make an Amazon suggestion on my videos it’s because I have that disc or book or DVD.

The most important thing is that you get something out of the lesson. If only one of you does then that’s good enough for me.

Thanks for watching 🙂

Standard tuning slide/bottleneck guitar lesson

Playing slide guitar in standard tuning is difficult. Because you’re not in an open tuning the overtones sound terrible if you’re not damping properly.

In open tuning you can have overtones ringing and they’re in tune because the guitar is tuned to a chord.

The important thing is not to get discouraged. It sounds like crap in the beginning for everyone. When someone has been playing slide/bottleneck in standard tuning for years it looks and sounds easy. It’s not.

I started playing slide/bottleneck in open tunings and it wasn’t until I was at a friends gig and hear him playing in the key of G in standard tuning that I really got interested in it.

One of the many benefits of playing slide/bottleneck in standard tuning is you don’t have to re-tune the guitar. You can just improvise on the fly. It takes some practice but once you get the damping and intonation down the fretboard is wide open.

The Video advertised above mine is one I own and recommend because it shows the old guys playing. Because they are all gone now we can’t see them in concert. This is the next best thing.