Fingerstyle Blues Patterns

by Nicola Mandorino

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    THE PROFESSOR Learning how to build and play the Mixolydian Mode, as well as understanding Dominant 7th Chords, will allow you to digest the theory behind this lesson, and quickly get you playing your favorite 12-bar fingerstyle blues. As always, check out the Blues Guitar Theory Guide for your Blues Theory needs. 

    Hello GMC!

    In this lesson, I present 4 basic fingerstyle blues patterns that will allow you to gain independence between the thumb and fingers of the right hand.

    The thumb plays a regular rhythm chanting the time, the other fingers play the melody on the other strings.
    It is crucial to acquire this independence in order to be able to play entire songs or solos in fingerstyle blues style.

    As you can see in the video I put the palm of my right hand on the fifth and fourth string.
    This allows me to get a more beautiful sound, the bass should not cover the other notes. Try it.

    Perform the exercises very slowly at first, then gradually increase the speed until you master the technique.

    Contents :

    Fingerstyle pattern 1 - video parts 1-3
    Fingerstyle pattern 2 - video parts 4-6
    Fingerstyle pattern 3 - video parts 7-9
    Fingerstyle pattern 4 - video parts 10-12

    Gear used :

    Acoustic guitar: Taylor 410 CE
    Strings: Elixir Poliweb .012-.052

    Onboard Fishman Prefix Plus - right channel
    Mini mic Audio Technica Pro 70 - left channel
    USB audio interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i4

    Key : E Mixolydian

    Tuning : Standard

    Tempo : 120 bpm

    Chord progression :

    Basic 12 bar blues progression

    For patterns 1 and 2:
    E7/A7/E7/E7/
    A7/A7/E7/E7/
    B7/A7/E7/B7/

    For patterns 3 and 4:
    E7/E7/E7/E7/
    A7/A7/E7/E7/
    B7/A7/E7/B7/

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