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Old 01-13-2018, 09:15 AM
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Hey all. I hoping to learn some Blues. What do you think about using a flatpick to play Blues? Yae or Nay ??
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:22 AM
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I vote yea AND nay. Use whatever you like. I usually play fingerstyle, but nothing wrong with using a flatpick or a thumbpick.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:29 AM
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This guy has a book on it. First thing that popped up on a youtube search for
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:35 AM
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Either way works, depends on what styles you like.
If you know the Pentatonic scales, playing basic blues patterns shouldn't be too difficult. Being creative is an acquired skill and if you spend some time listening to various blues performers you should be able to put some of their licks together. There are also a plethora of licks available on You Tube you can incorporate into your basic patterns for variety and creativity. There are also a number of backing tracks in various keys to use. I started with the slower ones like around 80 BPM.
In the beginning use the K.I.S.S. Principle. Blues isn't necessarily about playing a lot of notes. It can be but it's more about emotion. That's what makes your blues playing good.
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I play both finger style Blues and Blues rhythm with a pick.

IMO, the best starting point is to learn how to use a Blues shuffle in 1st position in both the key of E and A. You can play 50-60% of all Blues songs with this simple but effective rhythm technique. It will also give you a helpful knowledge base to begin playing finger style.

Although the Blues shuffle seems simple and monotonous to some, it can easily be embellished. I employ 6 or 7 different shuffle variations and change them up enough to make every song different and interesting.

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I am also trying to learn blues, and I feel first thing I must do is to learn the songs before trying to play them.

I feel that one can use anything to play the blues - flat pick, thumb pick or just bare fingers.

I am more comfortable with my fingers than using picks.

Some people seem prefer using nylon stringed guitars for playing blues too.

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This guy has a book on it. First thing that popped up on a youtube search for
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That's cool.I can try either way.I'm not a great finger picker,I do some though...kind of my own way,probably incorrectly for the most part.
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Playing the Blues is a bit of an oxymoron.

If you can't play the Blues, you'll have the Blues.

The strings don't care what you use to make them sing but once you've learned the Blues you won't have them anymore.
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Yes you can, and I regret not learning to flatpick in addititon to fingerpicking. As an example, listen to Tony Rice playing "Church Street Blues", and there are plenty of others if you look up "flatpicked blues" on Youtube.
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Old 01-13-2018, 02:47 PM
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That's cool.I can try either way.I'm not a great finger picker,I do some though...kind of my own way,probably incorrectly for the most part.
Go for it Bill. There's a ton of stuff out there on the subject. Maybe along the way you can learn to play a little hybrid style too. Good luck.
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