About Jeff McErlain’s Blues Survival Guide: Rhythm Edition
Essential techniques & insight for blues rhythm guitar
If you’re a wilderness hiker, knowing how to make fire without matches is an essential survival skill. The 9 most popular methods include flints, rocks, magnifying glasses and rubbing sticks together. Our favorite method? Rub a chocolate bar on the bottom of a soda can to polish it into a sun-reflecting parabolic mirror. Respectively, if you’re a blues guitar player, knowing how to play solid rhythm guitar is likewise an essential survival skill especially on the bandstand at jams. Our favorite method? Eat a chocolate bar, drink a can of highly-caffeinated soda and then camp out in the shed for a fortnight with Jeff McErlain’s Blues Survival Guide: Rhythm Guitar.
If you had a dollar every time some poor soul is up on the local blues jam bandstand looking like a deer caught in the headlights because someone called for a 12/8 or a gospel or a jazz blues or even a little twist on a classic shuffle and they don’t have a clue what to do — you’d be reading this on your yacht in Tahiti. Yet, there’s always that one cat who knows what to play and when to play it whatever is called out. Also note that that’s the player that everyone seems to want up on bandstand with them.
Jeff has invested the time on the front-end of this rhythm guitar edition of Blues Survival Guide: Rhythm to ensure that you have ample guidance to get up to speed on all of the essential blues rhythm guitar concepts and feels needed to ‘survive’ any situation on stage. All you have to do is invest the time on the back-end to work through the material and shed it until it permeates your DNA. Everything you really need to know is demonstrated and explained here in Blues Survival Guide: Rhythm Guitar.
- Late Intermediate
- Electric Guitar
- Survival Guide
- Chord Progressions
- Left-Hand Techniques
- Ignite Your Blues Rhythm Chops