The Blues Guitar Handbook
Adam St. James
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The Blues Guitar Handbook: A Complete Course in Techniques and Styles
Adam St. James
Hal Leonard Corporation
256 pages
August 2011
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Over the years, blues has always been played by every new generation of guitar player. Recent purveyors of the style include Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton and date back to earlier players like B.B. King, Robert Johnson, and Muddy Waters. The Blues Guitar Handbook contains profiles of these players as well as guides about how to play their particular styles. Tablature includes everything from blues riffs and blues solos to the basics of blues theory.

Other details covered:

  • A step-by-step course in playing the blues from basic 12-bar to advanced styles
  • Insights about choosing guitars, amplifiers, strings and picks
  • How to read TAB
  • Basic theory
  • Instruction on bending strings, harmonic content, finger vibrato and tapping
  • Chord and scale diagrams
  • A CD depicting main blues examples and exercises
This is a full blues course, all between two covers, whether you're trying to channel the ghost of Stevie Ray Vaughan or wanting to learn how to sound like Eric Clapton.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2011

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