Personalized Lessons on Electric Blues Guitar

First Name
Chris
Last Name
Stevens
Course Summary

Personalized, private 1-on-1 lessons in how to play electric blues guitar for all levels, beginners to professional musicians:  Students can begin at any level and build on their skills for as long as they would like to continue.  The minimum commitment is four consecutive weeks.  Our ultimate goal is to develop the talents needed to play in a blues band, attend a blues jam session, or simply play the blues with friends or by yourself.

Lives In

Mercer Island, WA
United States

Course Duration
8 Weeks
Number of Students per section
1
Course Level
All Levels
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Skype
Individuals
US$54.00

per week per student

1 week =
1
class
1 class =
45
minutes

Educator Profile

Educator Profile

Profile Picture
Instructor
First Name
Chris
Last Name
Stevens
Number of years of relevant experience
40 Years Experience
From: United States
Teacher Skill Keywords
guitar
jazz
improvisation

Course Details

Blues is a style that is at the heart of all American music.  Jazz, country music, and rock 'n roll all have their roots in the blues.  Blues played on the electric guitar became popularized in the 1940s by the likes of T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker, each of whom forged a completely unique style from the same musical foundation.  That's the way it is with the blues, once you become somewhat proficient, you play them as you please!  Students in this course will learn to play by following in the footsteps of the great players of electric blues. 

Students will learn to play authentic blues by learning songs, techniques, riffs, and phrases used by the great electric blues masters such as B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, Freddy King, and Buddy Guy.  We will also find out how the next generation of guitarists like Mike Bloomfield, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as contemporary artists such as Gary Clark Junior or Joe Bonamassa, have adapted these techniques to move the blues into the modern era.

Topics include learning:

  • Chords progressions commonly used to play blues and how to play them with a variety of rhythms.
  • Chords, scales and arpeggios needed to create blues sounds.
  • Riffs and common phrases used by the blues masters.
  • Playing complete solos from recordings by great blues artists.
  • How to improvise a blues solo by using the scales and riffs in your own way.
  • Overall techniques needed to perform blues such as string bending, sliding notes, hammering, pulling off and vibrato.
  • How to play with a slide.
  • To develop a repertoire of classic, important and commonly played blues songs.
  • How to incorporate elements of other styles, like jazz or rock, into the blues.

About Chris Stevens: Chris Stevens is a blues guitarist who lives in Seattle, Washington USA.  Chris graduated from the University of Washington with a deer in advertising, yet chose to pursue a career as a performing musician and private guitar instructor in the early 1980's.

As a developing guitarist, Chris had many lessons from prominent Seattle area instructors and began learning to improvise by listening to and studying recordings by blues legends Mike Bloomfield and B.B. King.  In high school and college he performed in the school jazz ensembles.  A two year stint in the Army found him performing guitar and percussion in the 8th US Army Band stationed in Seoul, Korea. Upon his return to the States, he played in a variety of cover and original rock groups.  In the mid 80's, inspired by the emergence of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chris refocused his attention on the blues and immersed himself in the vibrant Seattle blues scene.  Chis has been leading his own blues bands ever since and is regarded as one of the finest blues guitarists in the region. Chris's album "Bankshot" is available on CD and digital downloads.

 

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 student. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge the student's progress in-depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.

Course Specific Benefits
  • You can become an accomplished blues musician!  Also, since blues is at the heart of all popular music, the musician who knows their blues will be a better rock, country, or jazz player.  
  • The 12 Bar Blues song form, which will be learned at the outset of lessons, is commonly known by many musicians and can be used to spontaneously create music without having to learn the specifics of songs. This can produce hours of musical fun!
  • Players can develop their own unique style of the blues by mixing and matching the phrases they learn from recordings with their own musical ideas that come from experimenting with the scales.
Prerequites
  • Prospective students should have a basic understanding of what blues is, and be able to name a few blues artists.
  • A guitar outfitted with light gauge strings suitable for bending.
  • The ability to play some basic, open position chords and perhaps some experience with barre chords.
  • The desire to listen to and play the blues!

Weekly Schedule

These sections are for individual students.

Click on Enrol corresponding to the Section that matches your schedule.
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SECTION DAY & TIME Available
Section
Section A
Mon 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM America/New_York
1 Seat
SECTION DAY & TIME Available
Section
Section B
Tue 07:00 PM - 07:45 PM America/New_York
1 Seat
SECTION DAY & TIME Available
Section
Section C
Wed 01:00 PM - 01:45 PM America/New_York
1 Seat
SECTION DAY & TIME Available
Section
Section D
Thu 08:00 PM - 08:45 PM America/New_York
1 Seat
SECTION DAY & TIME Available
Section
Section E
Sat 06:45 PM - 07:30 PM America/New_York
1 Seat
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FAQs

Question
What string gauges work well for string bending?
Answer
Any set who's high E string is .011 or lighter and has a plain G string should be fine.
Question
Do I need to use an electric guitar for the lessons?
Answer
An electric is preferable, but an acoustic guitar will work if the strings are light enough.
Question
How much time should a student enrolling for this course practice everyday?
Answer
This course will require practice time outside of lessons. Time spent practicing may vary from 15 minutes per day to an hour, depending on a student’s level of interest. Students who wish to become professional musicians will need more hours of practice per day using a different set of exercises and materials than students who are seeking to learn music as a hobby. A detailed structure of practice for each student will be discussed and explained during class.
Question
What if a student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
Answer
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
Question
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
Answer
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
Question
How long will the teacher take to revert to a query raised after class hours?
Answer
Students should get a response within 24 hours if the teacher is not preoccupied or traveling.

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