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Eric C.

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  • Teaching since 2009
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Eric C.

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The Blues...so much can be said about this art form. The basics of the blues apply to nearly every style of modern music and are the basis for standard song structure we all know and love. Whether you are just getting started or have been playing for years and have found yourself in a rut and want to refresh and do some new things, blues guitar lessons will help you to set and realize your goals in music.

About Eric

Performing and recording musician with several groups for over 15 years. I have been teaching private lessons and classes in community education to students of all ages since 2007. I have also taught music in early childhood education, St. Paul Public Schools as well as music therapy programs at

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Mackenzie
Instructor was well prepared and very clear on what is expected.
River G.
Eric is very patient and personable.
Burnam
Always great!
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Robert M.

18 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1989
  • Bachelor of Arts from University of North Carolina at Asheville
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Robert M.

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About Robert

Professional musician in the Asheville, NC. area offering private guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, and bass lessons. I am also available for studio recording and live performance. With over 28 years experience, I have been teaching all ages, styles, and levels. This is not a hobby or part-time

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Ayman
Very insightful and made me feel comfortable right away
Olivia
My 9 year old daughter really liked Robert. She started from scratch and learned new skills, many notes and a couple of songs in 2 1/2 hours of lessons. She told me he was really nice and I was impressed with her progress. He was very easy to work with and was always prompt to the lessons.
Roger I.
Off to a good start.
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Matt M.

5 Reviews
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  • Speaks english
  • Awarded Bobby Hacket Award from CCRI
  • Bachelors Degree of Music-Jazz Performance from William Paterson University
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Matt M.

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From Robert Johnson to Eric Clapton, my knowledge of the blues will set you on the path.

About Matt

I am a professional jazz guitarist, singer-songwriter and teacher. I've been teaching music to students of all ages privately and in groups since 1998. After graduating from William Paterson University with a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance I spent 10 years in New York City working as a free

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Stacy K.
Laid back but still professional, clearly knows his stuff, visibly very patient. really looking forward to more classes with you Matt!
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Chris B.

37 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 2011
  • Business Administration from William Paterson University
  • Teaches students 8 and up
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Chris B.

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The foundation of Blues can be rooted in the 'Dominant' Arpeggio, Blues and Pentatonic Scales. I show you all of the popular licks and tricks of classic blues players with thorough explanation.

About Chris

My name is Chris B. and I've been playing music for most of my life. The best lesson that I've personally learned is that a musician is never done learning. Once you start believing that you know everything there is to know about your instrument then you've stopped growing musically. Personall

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Marley
Awesome first lesson for our 14 year old daughter! She’s pumped to continue with Chris, and we’re pleased with the entire process so far.
Ron
I have been taking lessons from Chris for 5 years. He is very open to learn and teach all styles of music. in turn, allowing me learn and play music I though i never would. His guidance in "the technology" of music is also greatly appreciated.
The learning experience with Chris is top notch, never an issue with communication or punctuality.Always able to move around his busy schedule for the "adult" student.
I want to thank Chris for allowing to find my "Soul Mustard" He is the best you can find

Ron Frank
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Jay
Chris is an awesome instructor! He was patient and professional. I was truly a beginner and Chris helped me every step of the way. I would recommend him to anyone looking to pick up a guitar or further enhance your skills. Thanks for all the help!
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Henry A.

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  • Awarded NAMED Music Scholarship from Northeastern Illinois University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2012
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Henry A.

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Learn how to play killer blues solos and rhythm parts in the styles of B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and many others.

We’ll also dive into learning to improvise your own parts and solos on the fly just like the pros.

About Henry

Henry is a guitarist who is an active performer and teacher in Chicago. He has played with Grammy winning musicians, popular wedding/corporate bands, local independent artists, award winning musicals, and played many solo guitar concerts for restaurants and private events. Henry plays and teaches

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Jason S.
Love working with him he’s helped me improve greatly in just my first five lessons and makes it fun to learn.
Otto
I send Henry students for guitar lessons. They come out looking like little george bensons .

Highly recommend.
Sarah
Henry taught my son how to play all his favorite songs on guitar and was always prompt, polite and interested in our needs. We couldn't have asked for a better teacher!
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Ian M.

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  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2001
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Ian M.

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Learn the blues in any key. Learn how to improvise and show your friends those blues!

About Ian

I started playing guitar originally in 1991. I picked up bass and ukulele (and then over the ensuing years, gradually a plethora of other instruments, such as voice, drums, piano, and harp). I started teaching in 2001 throughout the Chicagoland area. First in music stores, then schools, then people

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William Z.
First lesson was great. It took a little time setting up and getting to know each other. For a first lesson, I came away with some very useful information on a song I was having a problem with. I like the direction it is going. Looking forward to the next lesson.
Krista S.
Well hello there budding musician- I started taking ukulele lessons with nearly zero previous experience and little idea what to expect a few months ago. As a teacher, Ian is extremely patient, accommodating, and attentive, but remains very much human throughout the whole process. His years spent teaching across instruments, ages, and levels of expertise make for a trustworthy experience. Definitely recommend.
Savoy
I have taken guitar lessons in the past and wanted to revisit one of my passions again. I decided to take lessons with Ian since he is in my neighborhood and I’m really glad I did. Ian has been very patient and attentive to my learning style. As our lessons have progressed so has the direction of each class. It’s really cool to see how all the concepts we have gone over build on each other. I feel like Ian really goes above and beyond to learn about his students and what they are hoping to achieve. Ian has also been very flexible with my work schedule. After several months of lessons with Ian I can say I’ve learned several things from finger picking, timing, and reading notes. I can’t wait to continue my journey!

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Average Cost of Blues Guitar Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute blues guitar lessons is $69. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $25 and $276 per hour.
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$54 average
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$69 average

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"I've been playing guitar on and off (mostly off) for the past 15 years. I came to Daniel to learn music theory, improve my rhythm, and learn the skills I need to confidently show up to a jam session with other musicians. In just a few lessons, I've significantly improved in each of those areas at Daniel's instruction. He REALLY knows his stuff and quickly hones in on your strengths/weaknesses and has great advice for how to improve on your weaknesses.

If you are looking for a guy that can teach you the basics of how to play an instrument, or someone that can take you from just learning songs online to being able to create your own songs and jam with other musicians, Daniel is your guy."
Dave
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Daniel P.
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"I've been taking guitar lessons across the country since 1975, and Mark is the best instructor I've ever had. His expertise on the instrument is only surpassed by his ability to make something complicated appear simple for the student. I've had more fun taking lessons and practicing in the past 6 months as Mark's student than I have in the previous 40 years. I highly recommend him."
Steve
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Mark W.
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"I have been studying with Ahmad for just about 2 months. But that's enough for me to say he is an awesome guitar teacher. I think his teaching experience and method is a huge advantage for people who need professional guidance.

I was self-teaching for about a year before I came to Ahmad. It worked out just fine. I learned something. But I started to get confused at a point where I don't know how to move forward. I like a very specific group of guitarist (mostly Japanese fingerstyle players). And I wanted to learn how to master songs from those guitarist. And there is no such website or book that would teach me how to do that. Most of the guitar books or websites either give out general informations or put all information together as a mess.

Finally I decided to find a teacher. I found the lesson with Ahmad pretty effective. He is an experienced teacher who knows what you need to learn in order to achieve your goal. He has plenty of handouts that really helps me practice. The most important thing I learned from him is the big picture of guitar learning. For example, I learned the connection between scales and chords, why/how to improvise with these, how to go from there to other relevant things, etc.

When I look back over a year, I realize I have wasted some much time and effort trying to teach myself and wish it could have similar outcome as having a good teacher. Studying with Ahmad saves me so much time and effort (because it's actually easier!)"
Nobu
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Ahmad G.
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"I am a 64 year old woman who wanted to learn to play electric guitar blues lead. I have worked with musicians who teach and have been very disappointed. As soon as I read Chris' profile, I knew he would be a good teacher. I am a professional tutor and I could tell by the way Chris wrote about teaching that he would be skilled. I was absolutely accurate. Chris knows a lot about music and guitar playing, and he is also thoughtful and very present to the student. He is flexible and can move with a student who needs that. He also can work from a theory based place if the student needs that. To help me, he has written tab guitar licks for me, recorded Mp3 examples, and chord diagrams. I cannot speak highly enough about Chris as a teacher and highly recommend him."
Sandra
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Chris B.
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"Dave is very knowledgeable and will work with you in any genre or style of music. As an older student I felt totally comfortable with Dave from the very first notes struck. I would highly recommend Dave to anyone wishing to improve their guitar skills....but dont expect to be playing like Clapton immediately!
My only issue is the long drive from Vero Beach to his studio. Something to take into consideration."
Michael
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Uncle Dave T.
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"Ryan has definitely opened up my perspective with regard to learning my instrument and "hearing" tonal options for music I like to play. I'm a working Dad with very limited time for lessons and practice, so an online learning platform has worked best for me. Ryan has been very accommodating and flexible. More than that, he's been extremely patient with my learning style. In addition to opening up my instrument for me, he's fostered a passion for learning guitar and a taste for new music that I may not have listened to/learned otherwise. I love music and because of Ryan, I've found a very heartfelt, almost tangible, passion for playing it. Ryan...thank you!!"
Mark
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Ryan S.
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"Andrea has been the best teacher I’ve ever had, hands down! I have been playing guitar for a few years now and had learned some licks on my own, but Andrea really helped me understand how to incorporate these licks and make my own using different chord progressions. He also taught me that it’s not always about how many notes you play, but the feel and meaning behind every note that matters."
Bryan Silver
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Andrea B.
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"As a long time guitar player coming from an entirely self-taught background, Ryan has done a great job getting me on track to formalize my existing skills and give me new tools to approach my instrument and art. Very refreshing learning experience!"
Robare
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Ryan S.
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"After messing around on the guitar for years I'm looking for a teacher who can go back and take me through all the building blocks of music, including scales, chords, and formations. After just one jam-packed 60 min lesson with Eric I know he's the teacher that can do just that. I feel like I've already learned more than I could in weeks of doing it on my own.

Super pumped to reignite my guitar learning with Eric as I know I'll be able to make progress faster with the proper guided direction.

Let the good times roll..."
Allan Stormon
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Eric J.
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"Great experience, Andrea is the best teacher I ever had"
John
Took Blues Guitar lessons from Andrea B.
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Private Blues Guitar Lessons Near You

Blues guitar has its roots in African-American history, in the storytelling songs of southern plantations. The modern blues emerged from a musical evolution, as it was played mixed with jazz from the Mississippi Delta to New Orleans. 

In the 1930s, the blues expanded beyond the south, becoming popular across the United States. Notable artists include Stevie Ray Vaughan, Keb Mo, and Michael Bloomfield. The blues music genre covers electric blues, jump blues, boogie woogie, and more. 

Based on 12-chord progressions and standard blues scales, blues guitar music has invaded almost every subgenre. And songs played with blues guitar are still heavily based on storytelling today. As a result, every blues guitarist has the power to become a storyteller with their instrument!

Why Learn to Play Blues Guitar?

If you're interested in playing western music, then learning blues guitar will be fundamental. The blues gave birth to rock and roll, country, and every subgenre. As a result, blues guitar techniques are vital to playing most early and contemporary western music.

In addition to improving your skills in countless genres, learning blues guitar also has some mental health benefits. Playing the guitar requires the independent use of both hands while combining reading and listening skills. As a result, playing music keeps your mind active and strong, improving concentration and memory.

Topics You'll Learn in Blues Guitar Lessons Near You

If you're wondering how to learn blues guitar, studying with a private teacher is the best way to go. When you learn to play blues guitar with a local instructor, you'll enjoy immediate feedback and your teacher's undivided attention. 

Whether signing up for electric or acoustic blues guitar lessons, your teacher will customize the curriculum to your individual interests and background. With lessons designed to help you meet your goals, you'll learn much faster than if you tried to teach yourself with pre-recorded videos. 

You'll be introduced to new concepts, skills, and techniques in your preferred learning style. Take a look at the following examples of topics you’ll learn at each level - beginner, intermediate, and advanced. 

Sample Curriculum in Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners

Beginner lessons are intended for students with little or no previous experience on the guitar. At this introductory stage, you'll learn the skills needed to build a strong musical foundation. When learning how to play blues guitar for beginners, you’ll study the following topics:

  • Guitar anatomy and care
  • Proper guitar hold and posture
  • Guitar tuning
  • The Nashville Numbering System
  • Basic chords and fingering
  • Learn a 12-bar blues progression
  • Reading guitar tablature and music notation
  • Introduction to music theory

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Blues Guitar Lessons

At this level, you’ll expand upon the basic skills learned in blues guitar lessons for beginners. You'll also learn new techniques and strengthen your abilities as you become increasingly proficient with blues guitar. Your teacher will likely cover the following topics:

  • Intermediate strumming and picking techniques
  • Major, minor, pentatonic, and blues scales
  • More complex rhythms
  • Slow blues licks
  • Melodic licks
  • Slow blues turnarounds
  • Rhythm riffs
  • Slides, bends, and accents

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Blues Guitar Lessons

In advanced blues guitar lessons, students dare to join ranks with greats like Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, and B.B. King. Students can choose to focus on a specific type of blues guitar, by taking blues slide guitar lessons or delta blues guitar lessons, for example. Here are a few general topics you can expect to cover at this level: 

  • Accent timing
  • Playing over chord changes
  • Developing individual style and tone
  • Improvisation
  • Blues guitar lead and soloing
  • Performance preparation
  • Songwriting and composition

How to Find Blues Guitar Teachers Near You

When you’re ready to start learning, the first step is to find a good blues guitar teacher. A quick search here at TakeLessons will reveal a long list of qualified and vetted blues guitar teachers near you. 

Our teachers offer lessons both in person and online, to students of every age and skill level. They’re also highly experienced — both in teaching and working in the music business. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow down the selection and find the best teacher for you. 

We recommend reading through the reviews written by other students like you. If you need some extra assistance, feel free to reach out to our team of friendly Student Counselors at any time.  

Whether you're wondering how to learn blues guitar for beginners, or you’re honing existing skills, studying with a private teacher will put you on the fast track to mastering the instrument and playing your favorite songs!

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Blues Guitar Basics: How to Play a Blues Shuffle

Ready to learn to play blues guitar? This lesson from guitar teacher James W. is the perfect place to start... What is a shuffle, anyway? A shuffle is a rhythm of 8th notes played in triplets, essentially playing 3/4 time over a 4/4 beat to make the music swing. Blues, pop, jazz, and rock musicians all use the shuffle. The blues shuffle is a fun pattern that is simple to absorb into your playing across many genres of music. Think of pop, rock, big band, and blues as being a part of the s …

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