Blues Guitar Lessons Ragtime Blues Guitar [TUTORIAL]

By | January 14, 2023

Blues Guitar Lessons Ragtime Blues Guitar [TUTORIAL]

Blues Guitar Lessons Ragtime Blues Guitar [TUTORIAL]

Ragtime piano became popular in the early 1900s and some blues guitar players realized that the characteristic bass signature could be played in a simplified way on the guitar. To accomplish this, it was necessary to strike two or three bass strings with the picking thumb, alternating between the strings, producing a bum-chick sound. When this technique was combined with the picking sounds of the fingers, a very complex sound is produced which sounds like two guitars!

Many guitarists, such as Mississippi John Hurt, used this technique exclusively and recorded some fine work – he is one of the artists we take a look at in this course.The dexterity needed to play this style is far above that required to play monotonic, delta style blues. Blind Blake was probably the foremost ragtime blues guitar player between 1920 and 1930. He achieved this by taking the thumb control to a new, extraordinary level.

In many of his songs, Blake doubled up on the alternating thumb beats, making two notes instead of one. Blake’s work is covered in another of my courses.

I’ve presented 6 video lessons demonstrating the techniques of some great guitar players who were experts at playing ragtime style syncopated guitar songs – John Hurt, Pink Anderson, Willie Walker, Blind Boy Fuller and Blind Willie McTell. These guys laid the foundations of the style and provided the foundation for later master guitar pickers such as Merle Travis, Doc Watson, Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel. Modern players took hold of this early ragtime sound and quickly extended the chords and techniques, exploring new areas. Many of the original Scott Joplin rags have been faithfully transcribed, and other ways of playing appeared constantly. In the U.S., many notable musicians extended these picking styles and gave the music a country flavor.

Jim Bruce was voted N°2 Internet Guitar Instructor by in 2013.

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