Blues In A Day | Rick Payne | Skillshare

Playback Speed

  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Lessons in This Class

17 Lessons (41m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Plectrum Or Fingers

    • 3. Chord notation

    • 4. Rhythm

    • 5. The 12 Bar

    • 6. Intros And Outros

    • 7. Tablature Notation Ex. 1 - 5

    • 8. Tablature Notation Ex. 6 - 10

    • 9. Two Note Blues Shuffles

    • 10. Single Note Blues Ex. 1 - 10

    • 11. Single Note Blues Ex. 11 - 21

    • 12. Single Note Blues Ex. 22 - 27

    • 13. Single Note Blues Ex. 28 - 32

    • 14. Fingerstyle Blues Ex. 1 - 5

    • 15. Fingerstyle Blues Ex. 6 - 12

    • 16. Fingerstyle Blues Intros

    • 17. Tips

  • --
  • Beginner level
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced level
  • All levels

Community Generated

The level is determined by a majority opinion of students who have reviewed this class. The teacher's recommendation is shown until at least 5 student responses are collected.





About This Class

Learn The Guitar - Learn The Blues

This course is dedicated to the legendary Bert Weeden and is a slant on his classic "Play In A Day" book. Rick Payne will get you playing blues in a day and gives you all the easy bits to really get you going. All you need is to master a few chords and give your thumb and fingers room on those strings. Ideal for beginners of both acoustic or electric guitar.

'Many of the legendary guitarist of the past 50 years have been qouted as saying that Bert Weeden gave them their first start on the guitar. Players like Eric Clapton and George Harrison benefited greatly from his guitar tutor which was unique at the time. Rick Payne pays a cheeky nod to Bert's, 'Play In A day' and has created 'Blues In A day'.'

Here we have and introduction to chords and single note playing with a huge empahsis on the blues. So, if you want to learn guitar and the blues, then this is the course for you.

Lessons you will be learning include:
Chords And Chord Notation
The 12 Bar
Intros And Outros
Tablature Notation And Single Note Blues
Fingerstyle Blues

Play guitar now with Blues In A Day!!

Meet Your Teacher

Teacher Profile Image

Rick Payne

Teacher And Performer


Rick Payne is an established acoustic blues guitarist with many national and international tours to his credit. He has become especially well known for his authentic acoustic blues finger picking, in the many traditional styles of the blues including delta blues, piedmont, ragtime and slide and has recorded several albums of this kind.

Often compared with Ry Cooder, slide guitar maestro Rick Payne’s performances have taken him to prime time TV, to festivals and theatres throughout the UK and on tour to Europe, USA, India, Scandinavia and the Greek Islands. He has provided music to a number of major BBC TV productions, for programmes on Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. He has also featured on The Paul Jones and Mike Harding's show on BBC Radio 2.

Rick has record... See full profile

Class Ratings

Expectations Met?
  • 0%
  • Yes
  • 0%
  • Somewhat
  • 0%
  • Not really
  • 0%
Reviews Archive

In October 2018, we updated our review system to improve the way we collect feedback. Below are the reviews written before that update.

Why Join Skillshare?

Take award-winning Skillshare Original Classes

Each class has short lessons, hands-on projects

Your membership supports Skillshare teachers

Learn From Anywhere

Take classes on the go with the Skillshare app. Stream or download to watch on the plane, the subway, or wherever you learn best.


1. Introduction: Hi, My name's Rick Pain and Fax Finding me on Welcome to my course blues in a Day Now. Many years ago there was a great guitar due to a great guitar is called but Wieden and he wrote a book on that. You guys are playing a day. So this is my cheeky interpretation of that losing today. If you're beginning to make it on your lonesome blues at the same time, then this is definitely the course view. We've got some sharp falls We've got court. We got the basics fixed. Are we got the basics of blue soloing? We've got lots of tips, blows, videos, lands and on screen chord diagrams we're seeing. Answer. Pdf Download uses an extra resource. So lots of information we'd like said, If you're just starting out but blues on guitar, then lose Today is definitely for U. S O chapter. May and let's get started by doing some shooting up the guitar on. Then we're on our way. Reason today 2. Plectrum Or Fingers: So now we got excited. June. We need to consider whether we want to use the election or fingers. Both very useful in this course will be looking at some figures. Start guitar. So definitely put your collection down there for me. Well, either already suggest decide yourself on dpoint thing. Really is to keep strong minke play so pleasurable things. Check out the video. Is that looked up here? Okay, the next thing we look at is whether we decide to use a Plec trim. We want a picture. Looks like they were on how to hold it. Just hold it firmly between your thumb and finger. If you're using the Electra, Um, just put pick the strings. I'm sure you know how that works. If you choose to use your fingers, then hold them like together. If you're strumming if you're rushing around in a boat of soapy water Very relaxing soft. Of course, if you're picking the strings with fingers, then 3. Chord notation: in the following videos, we're going to look at some basic core playing you've never played cause before then. Just reliving these and try some of these three notes or three core tricks, I should say, basics of or guitar playing. Lots of 33 cool tricks on a few, which especially Andy for the blues here. So quite a few courts to play initially and have pages of them hold down the fingers firmly getting sound. You should find very easy after a while, but keep at it on strong along. Try the rhythm, Mr that you learned with courts on bits get stuck into the courts. As you can see from the page, The first court that we're going to look at is the E chord, and if you've never seen cord windows before, then take a close look on. Look at the diagram very carefully. When you finally do get to work it out there, this there's being court. I'm sure that you took your being is neatly into the box, strum the strings. So there's our quarter V in Accord window, nicely shown on the rebel. So now let's have a look at some of the quartet weaken abusing in the course. I think it's a good idea if you're new to the guitar to practice these ones fairly thoroughly on. They all work in sequence. The first chickens we're looking at is the G, C and D seven. So I'm just gonna play those calls for you again. Keep the thinkers tucked neatly into the box on Strong Way. So there's RG, then see court nuts and securely there when you play the C chord of trying lowest string the lowest Eastern So see string from the fifth string down and then the G seven. Uh, on the next three quarts, which is checking out our A D and E seven first TV a nicely schools to play quite easy on a day on the seventh place. Pay special attention to the sudden because we're gonna be doing that one quite a lot in our blues. This one features the E the a seven on the B seven. First we're doing the equal there we are right across the street. Hold down security on the A seven. You can use your first or second finger or you can use your second and third finger feels comfortable on then the B seven. So the the beast again, we'll be using those calls a lot. So to practice them on the escort. Now on the seven. G seven. No, in these cause, you can see I'm playing these seven slightly differently this time, holding an equal down and then using my little finger to fret The third box, second stream things great, fuller kind of sounding chord. And it's quite good and we're using it in the course of lot. And then the next one is the E six just tucked the finger into the second box on the A six . Then we're using this kind of shape. Now, looking back, si seven, these on the A six. 4. Rhythm: one of the first things we gonna learn now is just some basic up strumming on rhythm rhythm forms the basis of all musical guitar playing, especially in the blues. We need to sit ups in good rhythm patents. So in this next video is a gun put samples. We've got a few excited you could try so three or four So get stuck in some really excises . Now we're gonna look at some rhythm plane. If you're new to strumming and playing generally, then I'm paying close attention to these exercises on first exercise were using the e chord on as you can see from your page a simple strong 1234 And like this, this is a more written extreme in this time I'm using the a chord and it goes like this just to look at the page and trying for the through him Go Now this exercise introduces a little bit more pacing to this drum I'm using the G chord This time on, it's a bit more rhythmic goes like this. Now we're back on the e chord again I'm going to do a strum which is even more rhythmic on and we call this one the shock of strum and you notice There's three strong patterns to each beat. It goes like this. 5. The 12 Bar: So now you're faced rhythms and some courts. It's a good idea to get stuck into the formation of the blues. Really, which is the 12 bar pattern on? There's a few examples of this coming up, but you can try experimenting. Moving around. Try your record, your toe. Three. Cool chicks, uh, anything. Really? Keep the rhythm strong. Keep the rhythm blues e. Watch the videos, Copy the rhythms What I'm doing and hopefully you're replaying Blue's pretty Soon Now. Now, here's our first demonstration of 12 bar. Amusing the seven on the A seven as well. A very simple strong. So here we go. - When you play for your first simple trophy bars, you can choose between the seven like so, which we learned Iran or the larger East seven so you can experiment between two paths. Okay, To make our 12 by sound a little bit more interesting, we're gonna introduce the E six court on the A six Cool things, gives a talk a little swinging flavor quite like, and it goes like this also , of course, try to use a few more rhythmic Strom's going between the E any six cord. You can use the one we tried earlier, which was like This way gives the whole thing a bit more pace now to really make the 12 by sound Great. I'm gonna do this Chicago style 12 bar which introduces a few more court into the equation . We've got the vehicle coming in and also the sea. So look here for you've got more than your seat sheet. So here we go. - Now , to really make that previous 12 our work, we need to do a couple of things with our left hand when we play the chords and thing to do is when we play the G quarter at the end of the sequence and then the ache will be lift off , fingers off the a chord and you get this effect when you join it all together, helps you move from court to court and also do the same course between the sea and the deal with the A sequence which is 6. Intros And Outros: So now you got to talk my pants together. I think it's a good idea to have what we call interest now. Chose the tags to the 12 fast. So it's a good way of introducing the blues and a good way of exiting the Bruce. So interesting. Outro. It's pretty basic ones here, but once again you can experiment with those hope getting all right so far and enjoying the course bruising. They maybe will take a few more days, who knows? But let's keep at it. Okay, so no blues really is any good without good old intro to it on one of the time time honored intros is this one which you can see on your page. It's using any seven shaped like this on any flat seven like this, just down 87 on the back to any seven here, B seven. When you join those together, just look at the boxes and then play like so way. Now we need to introduce some rhythm to those cords. And if you look again at your page, you see this rhythm arrows, and it will sound like this. I'm sure you're very familiar with this one. Now that's at our intro and the outro that we've just learned to the trope bow. Here we go. - Okay , 7. Tablature Notation Ex. 1 - 5: So now we're looking at tablets or notation. If you Audie can read tablature, that's all the numbers on the six lines, then moved to the next section. But if not try, try looking at the way it works and try these in his next videos. These examples of some simple blues amenities on some simple time have a look, though, especially before we move on to the sections, which involved the single Nobody's Playing So tablature. Notation revised. We'll be long to play guitar music. Simply, we use system called guitar tablature. It's very simple. If you look like a page one on the top line means place your finger on the top string first box. Quite simple. So now we've learned how to recruit. Our tablets should try this simple scope. It goes like this. Now try this exercise some familiar. You have played your first blue scale. Now this exercise we playing more than one string at a time. So careful patient being is I'll make sure if using a pleasurable things that they brushed down on both of those strings indicated on your page on this exercise. Sounds like this. Now try this exercise using two strings again with a bit more of a rhythmic pick. If you're using a pick or your family or fingers to play the strings, make sure you brush over the two things that are indicated on the page. 8. Tablature Notation Ex. 6 - 10: So let's put our temperature reading to some good use. Now try these simple blues instrumentals. 1st 1 is called Changes Infirmary. This is called Porky's Wears. Now, you notice when I was playing that third box now with my finger a little bit. This is the beginnings of our exercises schooled abroad. So but we look a bit more of that later on. This is gonna be the blues on uses the four minutes of your guitar though street sounds like this and this one is called Nobody knows Girl blues traditional This next one is good old blues *** or muddies blues again using the low notes of strings 9. Two Note Blues Shuffles: So now you've got a group on the tab. Notation is a good step to move on to what we call to note shuffles and blue shuffles. And in the next video examples, I think I've covered 33 exercises on this one. So go from tablet ation to shuffle. So go. Please try and move them around, experiment a little bit and see what you come up with. But get a grip on these basic shuffles and here's shuffle number one. - Okay , we're gonna try Shuffle number two, and this has a slight variation. As you move the third thing into the fifth box. You can see that from your page. I'll just play that first bar for you. Simply move across to the fifth box during the whole thing together On . Here's another variation for shop from number three. Now don't forget there's lots of different variations to these shuffle. So to listen a lot to blues music and certain here, this one moves from the 5 to 4 to the five back again, you'll see that I'll play the first book for you slowly. Here we go 10. Single Note Blues Ex. 1 - 10: okay, now wants a single note. Blues. Ondas loads a video exercises here. It's a big part of the course. Really? Don't forget to download PdF exercises on Watched them Look at them alongside videos. Here you can try scales. Some simple seemed single note riffs on a couple of examples of some simple blue solos. What's going Remember, you can use the electric guitar acoustic guitar. The main thing is to keep playing, to keep writing with guitar and using the blues as a way into so good luck with these excises. Quite few. So seeing a little angle. Now here's that blue scale with a little bit more pace way, a little bit more flavor. We're gonna try bending up that first noted scare a lot. So just bend up, try and of waiting the next drink or slipping off the fretboard. So just to control bend up Now it's really put some pace into this single note studies. Um, we're using a trip. It feel this Is that this watch. Ah, a little bit more pace. I think this refuses some of the low strings. Now, here we go. Now let's try adding this extra note to the blue SCO. It's the third box tops. Train starts is off the scale like this. Now to give our notes a little bit more flavor, we're gonna try bending up that first noted scare like so just bend up on trying of awaiting their next dream or slipping off the fretboard. So just to control, bend up eso we're gonna be mine has to bend up that for third note, then play the second, which is the top open string, of course, way. 11. Single Note Blues Ex. 11 - 21: And here's those bends with little riff sounds like this. Now there's lots and lots of variation Tual these scale notes that we're learning on. We're gonna play a few examples will put together later on. But try this next one. Now this some of the bend up way beginning sound really losing. I think this exercise we're gonna do some mending, but we're gonna bend the low strings down towards the floor. You can't really bend them up. Otherwise, self paying off the fretboard like So. So what's clear for the video? Here we go. Way, way bending the low notes. So watch out. Um, once again, this one introduces a little bit more pace. And with them with those triplets there you can see them bending up the first night of each trip. So here's our first effect, which is the pull off on. It looks and sounds like this. Pull that down towards the floor. There's up alone 12. Single Note Blues Ex. 22 - 27: now the opposite to a pull off is a hammer On on this is virtually as it sounds and looks. The finger hammers onto the string like so you can see the temperature on your page. So play hammer play. Have, uh, now this. Put that have a run into a riff. Here we go on. Another great effect is sliding into the note that we play on as you can see from your tab to simply slide into the third box on, then play the next note. So the riff sounds like Let's put that slide into a riff. Here we go. Now that's put some of those riffs that we've learned into action with our first blue so supply. So Number one. There's a quick note about the right hand. If you're using the electric, just keep down strikes fairly even and smooth. If you're using your fingers trying to snuggle into the streams, they're very simple single night, so you shouldn't have any problems with this one way. Okay, let's play the same s owner with a little bit of backing, and my good cameraman now is going to be playing the guitar in the background for Syria. Three 13. Single Note Blues Ex. 28 - 32: No, we're moving up to the fifth box and starting off Blue Scout just there you can see from your page which tab notes to play, and it looks like this. Oh, way. In the end, they shook the strain. This gives are finishing phrase a little bit or finesse with what we call for Barato. Just try wobbling the string around Now this riff in a used low strings. - Let's try that. So now, with a little bit of backing way. 14. Fingerstyle Blues Ex. 1 - 5: Yes, Finger style blues is one of my favorite starts playing. You can put away collection now and just cooking things that Dustin down and try some of these figures are beauties exercises with Try this four week pattern with the thumb doing now, Once again, we're using the open strings. But this time introducing the top string as well played with our index finger. Quite simple. Now we're gonna introduce a fretted note. This is the third box tops string, getting using our thumb and index finger for the finger pick. Here we go. Now, this time we're starting on the third box, second string for our kickoff note, but still using our for we pattern on the thumb on our index finger for our little shop. My melody. Here we go already. We can put off simple riffs that we just learned into an instrumental which are called thinks that one. Um, just look at the page and follow the top carefully. Here we go. 15. Fingerstyle Blues Ex. 6 - 12: now in this finger start, I'm gonna put in a few bends and similar kind of way that we learned in US single note blues and also introduced a little bit of dampened bass with my right hand. This is quite easy. Just bring the right hand a little closer to the bridge on Dampened that blossoms string. - Now this finger style is in the key of a and uses a little sliding technique this time and also dampened bass at the same time. - Variation to the previous one. This time I'm using a bit of a nay any seven. Cool. You can see that Just threatening on the third box on the second box there, This one has a little bit more pace to it is the same kind of refusing the A seven cool this time. 16. Fingerstyle Blues Intros: as you tried early with the court Excise and the 12 Bar Blues, we had some insurers and actuaries on with finger style blues. It's a good idea. It's another few insurers, not drugs for that as well. So you can really begin to show some star with loose and get it sound like a real Bruce man . So get stuck into these interest nitrates for figs, W's and here's our first classic intro finger style. - Here's a great Delta sounding in True, and here's the one that starts up on the night books on its another classic in Germany. Join one of those intros toe or finger style blues. I'm gonna join the intro with things that are Number one. I'm using this intro together with sounds like this destroyed in intra NATO, our finger style. I think you get the idea that too 17. Tips: so great. Hope you enjoyed the course blues a day, maybe blues and a few more days of booze in a week. Who's and Month blues in the year. However long it takes hope you enjoy it. There's a load to learn, so stick with it. In the last few videos coming up, we just got a few more tips, which will give you a playing a little bit more panache but more style, especially the blues. So check out the videos on Good luck. See you on the next course. I proceed again on by now on here. Those new courts. First of all, we got the G seven. Try and avoid the strings with the X Is there to see nine on D nine Now these sound great. Every doing a 12 bar in G Convey dampens from the cords. And here's some tuna cords. Now here's that first to note called used in a little bit of a finger style. Is that a great pick and strum technique? Now we could make that pick and strong more interesting if we move up, baseline around. Just look at the tablet on the page. Andi stroke the strings upwards with your first finger thumb first finger