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Instruments > Certification > Blues Guitar Certification

Blues Guitar Certificate Course
with Keith Wyatt

Keith Wyatt has created a definitive video lesson series that teaches the essential techniques and concepts of classic blues guitar rhythm and soloing. Certification is offered at four skill levels; each level features:

 12-weekly lessons  Weekly study material

 Play along tracks  Quizzes & Tips on Improvement

Blues Guitar Online Music Certificate

What You'll Learn


The complete four-level Certificate Course in Blues Guitar will teach you the essential skills and concepts you need to play classic blues, including fundamental picking and fretting techniques, chords and rhythm styles every blues guitarist uses, classic chord progressions, blues phrasing concepts, how to create effective solos and more. Extras include backing tracks plus lessons in theory, ear training, improvisation and sight-reading. Tests every four weeks measure your skills and understanding, and you’ll receive a score for each specific technique along with video tips offering suggestions for improvement.

How To Qualify for a Certificate of Achievement

  • Successfully complete 12 weekly assignments according to stated Learning Outcomes
  • Earn minimum of 75% of all possible points on three Video Submission according to stated Learning Outcomes
  • Earn minimum of 75% on three multiple choice, audio and video quizzes covering:
    • Content taught in blues guitar lessons
    • Ear Training Lessons
    • Improvisation Lessons
    • Music Theory

Academic Accreditation

ArtistWorks is recognized by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) as a supplemental education provider. We are committed to meeting all established national music standards while providing exceptional performance opportunities. ArtistWorks offers comprehensive music instruction by master musicians to anyone who wants to learn and improve their skills. The goal of the ArtistWorks Online Music Certificate Program is to educate and challenge you, fill in gaps in your learning, and provide nationally-recognized validation of your skills and knowledge..


About Keith Wyatt


Keith Wyatt had his blues epiphany when he first heard Albert King's "The Sky Is Crying" and has been deeply passionate about the genre ever since. Keith taught guitar for 35 years at Los Angeles’ Musicians Institute, where he also served as Director of the Guitar Program (GIT) and VP of Programs. Since 1988, Keith has created more than 20 instructional video courses and books for Warner Brothers, Hal Leonard and other publishers on topics ranging from electric, acoustic and slide blues guitar to roots guitar styles and beginning guitar methods. He has toured and recorded with renowned LA roots-rock band The Blasters since 1996 and has also performed with iconic musicians including Albert Collins, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker. In 2015, Keith debuted the Electric Blues Guitar program at ArtistWorks.


Blues Guitar Certification


 Blues Guitar Level 1

  • Prerequisites:
    This level is intended for guitar players that have at least one year of experience playing. Correct playing posture, knowledge of open & barred chords and the ability to play in tune and on time are necessary to excel at this course. The method and techniques are taught for application on electric blues guitar so we highly recommend you use electric guitar for this course.
  • Learning Outcome:
    This level will build a strong foundation in blues guitar with a focus on understanding the rhythmic framework and becoming familiar with the blues form. Learn fundamental blues rhythm skills, including locating notes on the neck, shuffle rhythm phrasing, 12-bar form, standard chords and playing techniques.
  • Start by learning essential chords and the types of chords used in the blues genre. Learn how to navigate the neck, understand note relationships using the cycle of fourths, and how to find and name any note on the neck. From there you’ll learn basic blues chord changes and the framework of the blues sound, which leads right into developing the 12 bar blues progression. Learn the iconic shuffle rhythm, electric blues rhythm and the history of how this style developed. Learn the classic boogie shuffle pattern in both open position and moveable shapes that allow you to play in all 12 keys. From there you’ll learn to expand the blues sound by integrating turnarounds and endings, syncopation by accenting upbeats, and a riffs that mimic a horn section. From there you’ll learn the “quick change” variation of the 12 bar progression and tie it all together. By the end of this course you’ll have a solid foundation in blues rhythm playing.

+ Blues Guitar Level 2

+ Blues Guitar Level 3

+ Blues Guitar Level 4

Select A Program


Course prerequisites are in the level descriptions at the bottom of the page.

Enroll

What's In This Course


Lessons for 12 weeks on these subjects:

  • Blues Guitar Lessons Level 1
  • Ear Training Lessons Level 1
  • Technique Building Exercises
  • Daily Sight Reading Exercises

Reference Topics: Blues Guitar Fundamentals, Music Theory, Improvisation, Ear Training, Performance Anxiety, How to Read Music, Using Guitar Tab & the Nashville Numbers System

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