Play Blues On Guitar In Any Key (with this riff)

Learning easy Blues Riffs for Acoustic Guitar is where many learn to play guitar because it’s fun, recognizable and rewarding.

Whether you’ve been stuck in a practice rut or you want to learn to play the blues better, understanding and practicing some basic blues riffs will help you on your acoustic guitar learning journey.

Learning blues riffs on guitar will help you learn the fretboard, gain greater dexterity in your fingers, and solo better. While you can’t apply the same riff over and over to the same song, you can use riffs to help you learn how to solo on the guitar.

In this blues guitar lesson, I will show you one blues lick that is incredibly useful because after you learn it, you will be able to play the 12 bar blues in ANY key. That’s right — you can use this riff in any blues.

Beginner guitar players and experienced veterans alike will gain valuable insight into the blues and the guitar as a whole.

Using this blues riff as a springboard, you can launch your guitar improvisation practice. Even if you weren’t sure you could solo, using this blues riff will give you the confidence to keep improvising on the guitar; just remember for a 12 bar blues, your pentatonic scales are your friends!

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19 comments

  1. Tony, I appreciate the lesson and thank you for making it so easy to see what you are doing and follow it. I have a real hard time with learning when the Instructor says something like, "this one here and third string there… You get the idea. Thank you again, Tony

  2. It is the same sound where the pirate in spongebob squarepants lost the episode…

  3. That was an extremely easy lesson to fallow. Keep up the good work

  4. oh man, I finished the justin guitar beginner and I was in a rut about what to play, this has been phenomenal

  5. Works just fine on a bass too!

  6. I was about to hang up my guitar after listening to all these 9-year old playing like Bonamassa. Now I'm forming a band calling ourselves 'The Chunk Recipe 12 Blues Band'. Thanks!

  7. I could listen to you teaching all the day long bro! Thank you!

  8. I haven't played guitar for a long time and I feel that don't know how to play anymore. Your lesson gets me interested and gives me some assurance about playing again. Your lesson is simple and easy to understand, I'm certainly going to try this.

  9. Folkert Sickenga

    i,m glas there,s somebody like you, very good info

  10. Nice bro… Thank for share

  11. Raven Michael Blackrose

    Thanks Man. That opened the 12 bar blues scale up for Me. Defintely excellent lesson. Grateful for the schooling. R;>☆♡~

  12. Thank you didn't really know about 12 bar blues until now

  13. Thank you very much! Love your teaching approach!

  14. I use this all the time, sometimes I warm up with it by hitting each string twice, then three times. Its also helpful if you are getting frustrated on something else and want to make some coherent sounds lol. Thanks!

  15. Yo Rasputin!More guitar talk.. let the guitar talks more and less of the lecturing etc.You could have done the whole 12 bar run with the turn around !

  16. Fantastic! Thank you!

  17. woonderfull

  18. you are a great teacher sir

  19. Honest Pinocchio

    Now l know where Slash came to learn the blues!

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