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101* Blues Guitar Essentials

with Doug MacLeod

Learn the secrets of acoustic guitar with Doug MacLeod who learned from the masters.

"101 Blues Guitar Essentials offers a fresh, fun approach to the blues. Highly recommended."


Instrument Guitar

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  • 45 page of Tab/notation PDF included!
  • Unique learning format with constant multi-angles
  • On-demand lifetime access to all lessons
  • Available on desktop, mobile and tablet
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16 lessons · 1h 51m

One of the last true bluesmen who learned from the old masters, Doug MacLeod is a man who has lived the music, survived the life, and now carries forward the tradition. A prolific recording artist, his songs have been covered by blues artists like Albert Collins and Albert King.

In this course, you'll learn the secrets of acoustic guitar blues, as revealed by a modern day master. Doug does more than show you 101 blues licks, he shows guitarists how to build a song from bottom-end root notes to advanced 12-bar and 8-bar blues progressions.

"Anyone can play the blues!" according to Doug and this is coming from a man who was has performed with the greatest blues musicians in the world, you truly feel as though Doug has been handed the torch and is helping to pass it on to the next generation.

This course is perfect for intermediate-level guitarists, also includes a lot of advanced concepts thrown in as well.

Please note: The original source for this online course is a DVD. The artist/teacher may refer to a DVD and sometimes a book, neither of which are included with your purchase. Instead, you will have lifetime access to stream the course on all your devices and PDFs of the transcriptions from the book. DVDs get damaged and lost and books can go missing, but these courses are available to you whenever you want and wherever you are!

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Doug MacLeod

Doug MacLeod (born April 21, 1946, New York City, United States) is an American storytelling bluesman. Although now associated with his home in Los Angeles, he has lived and worked in North Carolina, St. Louis, Port Washington, New York, and Norfolk, Virginia, where he was stationed in the United States Navy. He became acquainted with the blues in St Louis in his teens and started his career playing country blues on acoustic guitar, finding that singing eased a chronic stutter and helped him to eventually overcome it.

In every note he performs and records, MacLeod follows the rule-of-thumb he learned from country bluesman Ernest Banks of Toano VA.: "Never play a note you don't believe", and "Never write or sing about what you don't know about."

MacLeod's playing landed him gigs with George 'Harmonica' Smith, Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson, Lowell Fulson and Big Mama Thornton. Over 29 years, 20 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD and a live performance DVD, MacLeod has consistently earned raves. His songs have been covered by many artists including Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Eva Cassidy. His songs have twice featured in Grammy Award-nominated albums.

Among many other awards, he has won three Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C. Handy): Acoustic Artist of the Year and Acoustic Album Of The Year in 2014, and Acoustic Artist of the Year in 2016.

"Simplicity. Honesty. A wealth of blues feeling. He's a gem."
 - All Music Guide

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