Thursday, January 22, 2015

Acoustic Blues Guitar - Livin' With The Blues - Brownie McGhee Cover

Learn this song here:

I'm sure that it's tough to get enough time to play guitar, especially if you are raising a family and have a job to go to. A lot of people playing blues guitar when they are younger with a passion, and then tend to get less and less as we get hooked up with a woman, or decide to develop a 'career' - and when older it's hard to balance a relationship with a significant other, children and work similtaneously!

Little surprise that practising guitar often gets shelved for other things deemed more important. Well, that's what happened to me at any rate. After performing at professional level between my twenties and thirties, and I suddenyl found myself married. Without a doubt, I had to find a great job to keep my new growing family, all of which takes a lot of time, motivation and energy. In short, my playing just kind of fizzled out and I stopped playing for good, for five years or more - this really isn't a good thing to do.

I imagined that I could simply grab the guitar when I wnated to play again and just pick from where I was - I was dead wrong. Many lonths of little practice made a large gap in my previosu expertise and the state of playing 5 years later. I got most of it back after practising regularly for about a year. But - I didn't get all the easiness of playing in exactly the same way that I used to.

If my emails are any judge, there are lots of baby boomers returning to acoustic blues guitar after not playing for many years, and they find it difficult even they used to play well previously. I always give away the same piece of advice - just makesure you play each day, just for a little while. It absolutely makes a huge difference - 2 minutes a day keeps those muscle memories working.

Cheers Jim

Monday, January 19, 2015

Blues Guitar Lesson Preview - Nobody Wants You - Scrapper Blackwell

The link above will take you to the page where you can get this lessn by Scrapper. Blackwell is one of my favorite blues men, with a very rich guitar style full of surprises.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Blues Guitar Lessons Online - Jim Bruce Master Classes

Blues Guitar Lessons Online - I wrote this song some years ago, as I performed on the streets as 'Reverend Jim Bavery' (well, it worked for me!)

Love Gary Davis songs, and I found myself writing one or two in the same style - of course, ripping off licks from the old master and throwing some of my own ideas in there as well. In this week's master class, I'm going to be teaching another Gospel style song I wrote 'Can't Cross here' - everything you need to sign up is here:

Cheers Jim