Blues Guitar Books

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Playing the blues on guitar is going to take a lot of time and practice if you want to play like the legends. What most guitar players do is watch tutorials to learn techniques, look up tabs online, or watch their favorite players on stage in concert videos to learn how to play the guitar. But there’s one thing a lot of people don’t consider anymore, and that’s a good old-fashioned book.

Especially if you want to learn blues guitar, a book is going to be a great idea. It combines all the author’s knowledge and can give you several different types of information that a video is not always going to have, like history, theory, sheet music, tabs, diagrams, chord charts, pretty much everything you might need all in one place. It’s rare to find a video or even a series that’s going to allow you such quick access to all the information, and that’s why books are a great learning tool for any musician.


In particular, to learn a certain style like the blues, a good place to start might be with blues guitar books that are described as “complete guides,” because they usually offer the most information across a variety of topics. They would be the most likely to include information on several important playing techniques, styles, and rhythms, and often times they might even touch upon areas such as equipment, gear, and biographies. So if you’re new to blues guitar, one of these all-inclusive books would be great to start with to learn the fundamentals.



If you’re however already an intermediate or advanced blues guitar player, you might want to consider a book that’s a bit more specialized. Think about what areas you’d like to specifically improve in. Are you looking to get into fingerstyle blues guitar? Are you looking to hone your soloing skills? There are tons of great books out there on all kinds of topics, so you should definitely consider this as an option that rivals a video tutorial.

As an added benefit of books, they look great on coffee tables, they’re easy to share with friends, and they’re not nearly as expensive as buying a complete video series. They’re also great references because you can mark your favorite pages, carry them around with you, and you don’t need access to electricity or the Web. So if you’re looking for some great information to improve your blues playing, don’t rule out blues guitar books. You never know when you’ll find a piece of great information that keeps getting overlooked in videos.

If you are into blues guitar, I recommend you to check out this great course in DVD: