Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons

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Acoustic Blues Guitar lessons covering major blues styles and artists. Top guitar instructor teaches old blues guitar.
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51 Reviews for Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons

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John Devlin

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 11 months ago
Being very good at your craft or discipline does not mean that you can teach it. That takes a special gift the main ingredient of which is enthusiasm. Udemy is a great medium, Bruce is a great teacher , I am the weak link but I am working on it. Been following him for a couple of years now and have his previous courses but Udemy is a good match and I notice that the number of guitar courses has increased considerably in the last year. Wish I had this opportunity 20 years ago.
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Scott Cordell

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 3 months ago
I got this course and learned 2 Blind Blake tunes right away. The course is set up so basically you can work on any song you want , the order doesn't really matter. The transcriptions are very close to the original... probably as close as you could reasonably get. The thing I liked best was the TABs which I play from better than watching the fingerboard. The video and audio is clear and you see it from several views for several times. This course is a bargain if you have the time and motivation. Jim loves the music and has really made a great effort to clearly teach the tunes. I highly recommend this set of blues guitar pieces.
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John Karnish

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 3 months ago
Jim has some great lessons here, they are step by step so you can take your time to get things right. He breaks down every part of the songs into bit- sized chunks that are easier to learn. Plus, he know what he is teaching, which a lot of guitar teachers don't quite know what the old blues masters were doing to actually teach the blues well. Jim does and demystifies what these greats were doing in an easy to follow format. With anything you will have to put in practice time, but Jim makes it easier by teaching a little bit of the song at a time.
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Charles E. Rehberg

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 3 months ago
I have a number of courses and have to say that while I have not learned all there is to learn here what I have picked up has been great. Jim breaks things down weii, shows you both the left and right hand fingers, and then puts it all together for you. It is just like sitting with one of the old masters on their front porch. Thanks Jim!
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Lars Frederiksen

8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 9 months ago
I read a lot of instruction books, listend to instruction CD's and watched videos over the years, but i think that from taking Jim's course I'm getting something that I did'nt get from most of the other courses. I get the rythm, I get the feeling, it swings and it sounds like music and not just another guy playing the right notes very nicely - to nicely. The only Little thing is that some of the instructions is missing the song played in its full lenght. Thank you Jim. I hope to meet you some day Cheers Lars
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Jim Padden

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 9 months ago
I've been following Jim for years on YouTube and I was so pleased to see him offering courses on Udemy. Jim is an excellent teacher and an excellent player. I'm enjoying the course very much and I'm learning a lot.
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Rodrigo Álvaro Morell González

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 9 months ago
Se entiende y tiene buen nivel
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Joseph Roach

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 9 months ago
Jim is keeping the foundation of blues alive and he's giving us the opportunity to do the same.
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Darrell Taylor

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 9 months ago
I've seen finger style guitar made to hard by many teachers, but this course gets you playing and doesn't leave you frustrated because you will get results and have fun.
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Pat Carty

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 9 months ago
This is a very good course and like all tutorials you only get out of it what you put in to it The information is there well explained up to you to use it
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Mulkern9@verizon.net

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 9 months ago
Back in the early 1980’s when I was first learning to play, I would pay $20-$25 to a musician friend to teach me a particular song. I’d watch him play while frantically jotting down primitive tabs in a notebook. The problem was that I wasn't a very good note taker and my friend’s interpretations often bore little resemblance to the original tune. Also, $20/song was not inexpensive for a struggling student. Fast forward to now and how great it is to have a course like this! I've been working through the first 6-7 songs and they are the "real deal". I've caught a few mistakes in the tabs, but that’s part of the fun of learning new material. As a visual learner, I love being able to watch Jim's fingerings over and over. Tab is great but you have to study his left hand to master a turnaround like the one in “Reap What You So”. His tips for singing while playing are also very valuable. Excellent instruction, fantastic music, amazing value... Back in the early 1980’s when I was first learning to play, I would pay $20-$25 to a musician friend to teach me a particular song. I’d watch him play while frantically jotting down primitive tabs in a notebook. The problem was that I wasn't a very good note taker and my friend’s interpretations often bore little resemblance to the original tune. Also, $20/song was not inexpensive for a struggling student. Fast forward to now and how great it is to have a course like this! I've been working through the first 6-7 songs and they are the "real deal". I've caught a few mistakes in the tabs, but that’s part of the fun of learning new material. As a visual learner, I love being able to watch Jim's fingerings over and over. Tab is great but you have to study his left hand to master a turnaround like the one in “Reap What You So”. His tips for singing while playing are also very valuable. Excellent instruction, fantastic music, amazing value. If the cost of this course was $250, I’d still call it an amazing value. I know my playing is improving and can’t wait to delve into more songs in the coming weeks.
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Dave Emery

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 9 months ago
I have been following Jim Bruce for awhile now on YouTube and have purchased courses directly thru his site..having the courses on UDEMY as well is great because I can access them anytime I have internet access. Jim really gets the feel of Acoustic Blues and I hope to develop my own style with his wonderful lessons. Well worth the price.
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Wernerwalter

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 9 months ago
The method and the manner from a true master Ta much Jim lad
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James DeWitt

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 9 months ago
This course is one of the best. If you want detailed instruction, and back round information, it is well worth the purchase.
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Andre Jacobs

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 9 months ago
J'ai pas trouvé mieux sur le net !
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S. Berlinet

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
Son nom, c'est Jim, Jim Bruce! Il a débarqué dans ma vie en 2012 alors que je venais de me faire piquer par un moustique portant le virus du Delta Blues! Depuis, grâce à lui, j'ai appris et j'apprends de vieux standards qui sonnent bon l'ancien temps et n'ont pas pris une ride! Jim est un formidable professeur, qui vous enseigne en vidéo, avec beaucoup de passion, de pédagogie et un flegme tout britannique, du bon old-fashionned Blues! Jim parsème ses leçons de détails historiques, d'analyses de jeu précises et d'astuces en tout genre qui vous transformeront lentement mais surement en vrai guitar-hero des années 1920! En 2013, son travail a été reconnu par le site truefire.com qui l'a sacré N°2 Top Guitar Instructor sur la base de votes d'internautes! Certaines leçons sont gratuites, d'autres payantes mais promis, vous en aurez pour votre argent!
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Guy Griffiths

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
From Ragtime to Delta Blues Jim teaches this in an easily understood way including great tunes that'll improve you're fingerstyle technique and impress yer mates at parties!
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Anthony Marsh

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
If you want to get into acoustic blues guitar, buy this. Now. I got it silly cheap but I'd have happily paid more....get it for the content not the price. I've had problems with iPad compatibility but it's fine on my Windows netbook. I'll be subscribing to Jim's master classes too. This guy is my new best friend.
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James Mc Sherry

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
Really outstanding course. I absolutely love learning this music and nowhere else is it taught in such an accessible and interesting way. It is easy to follow and thorough, really getting into the details of how to play the numbers true to the originals. Thank you so much for this course Jim, it is brilliant!
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Edmond De Buysscher

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 12 months ago
40 years I've been trying to play the guitar, with some ups and many downs. With Jim I've come across someone who not only teaches me the technique of playing the guitar, but learns me to put my soul into it. And after 40 years (some are quicker than others) I'm finally getting into the "feeling" of the blues guitar and the blues music. All thanks to Jim.
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Chris Redman

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 12 months ago
Well if you are thinking of learning Old Country Blues Acoustic style guitar, Jim is the man to see and this course will teach you many different styles of playing, each song is broken down into small segments to help you to understand the piece along with guitar tabs.
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Paul Kerins

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 12 months ago
Easy to follow, songs broken down into sections with tab and left and right hand positions. I love these lessons and the chord position graphics during the songs really help me to just hold the chord and play around that shape. Can recommend this course to anyone. Paul
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Tom Kruzil

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
Great instruction both the video and PDF. The video helps more, especially with slow down instruction
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Leekinks@gmail.com

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
My wife bought me jims lessons for Xmas and to be honest I really enjoy them. From JB delivery to the content and teaching style it's a great way to play the blues.
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Robert Liles

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
These lesson are fantastic. Jim goes into great depth in his lessons using tablatures, easy to follow videos, and I like his short histories he puts in about each song and it's writer. I've learned a lot about these blues players and their techniques and personal lives too. I highly recommend this course to anyone with some good basic fingerpicking skills if ya want to learn some blues songs from the masters.
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John Glasson

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
Guitar tuition at its best.
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Paul Churchill

8/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
I have been using the videos for about one week and like what I find. The tabs are very clear and the videos break down the music into nice small bites. I have been playing folk/pop guitar for my own pleasure for some years now, basically strumming patterns and my previous attempts to master blues songs has ended in disappointment. I am surprised that such a full sound can be made with just two fingers and I am looking forward to progressing through the course.
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Colin Mallaber

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
Great lessons at a reasonable cost. I find the material very inspiring. Keep it up Jim. Top marks.
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Phillip Shepherd

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
Excellent tuition method from Jim giving an insight into a diverse range of acoustic blues and ragtime gems from the old masters. Udemy facility is great for i-pad, PC and i-phone. Any teething problems sorted out promptly by Jim. Highly recommended.
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Larry Horowitz

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
Clear, concise instruction. I am definitely able to learn the music and how to improvise to make it my own. I've downloaded many videos from YouTube and others and these are some of the best.
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