The blues are a unique style of playing guitar that digs itsroots deep back into black slavery in America. This unique form of guitar scales have sense of soul and bellowing sorrow to them, which is why theyre called the blues. If you want to learn the blues, first you must have a goodfoundation in learning the fundamentals in knowing your basic scales as well as chords.
If you want to learn how to execute the blues properly on your guitar, you must already have a somewhat decent background in your major scales and have build certain dexterity with moving your fingertips around like a sweeping pattern. Practice your speed with all four fingers, most especially your index and ring finger since theyre used more in blues progressions.
If ever in doubt and you have an internet connection, check net for a pattern on how to execute the blues scale.If youre having trouble knowing what youre looking for, a scale is basically a progression of single string plucks on your guitar that usually starts from the bass strings and ends with the higher string. If you know the pattern already, do so first in the regular sweeping pattern then alternate by inverting it as you climb up to the high bass strings.
The blues may seem completely improvised at a listen, and in fact - it is, but no matter how improvised it follows a rigid timing that demands not only accuracy, but also a knowledge of how to branch out riffs. As you gain speed,youll get the general feel of it and youre on your way to improving.
Its amazing that we have internet now, before they hadto dig through song books or listen to music and tabulate it by ear - now its easy as a search engine entry. Back then, musicians listened by ear to read their favoritesongs, now its different, with nowadays know-how now you can listen and even watch your favorite songs over cyberspace.