Lesson ID: A0181

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a 12 bar blues progression in the style of Merle Haggard. This is a progression that we’re borrowing from the old classic song “Blues Stay Away From Me” originally recorded by The Delmore Brothers. First, we’ll work through the main progression on guitar and then we’ll add some singing to it. After that, we’ll go over an easy country strumming pattern that you can use to play this entire song with cowboy chords. Finally, you’ll learn a bluesy guitar riff that you can play as a song ending and you’ll learn an easy riff that you can play at the beginning of the song.

Overview

Main Progression

Video 1 – Playthrough with Tablature

Video 2 – Full Breakdown

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Measures 1 through 4
02:16 min What is a triplet?
04:00 min Adding Staccato
05:43 min Measures 5 through 8
09:03 min Measures 9 through 12
14:13 min Practice the Progression With Me
15:55 min Let’s Add Some Vocals

Easier Strumming

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Ending Riff

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Intro Riff

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Backing Track

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