Learn How To Play Traditional Blues on the Ukulele
The guitar wasn't considered a blues instrument until Blind Lemon Jefferson recorded "Mail Man Blues" in 1924. Sonny Boy Williamson’s recording of "Dust My Broom” with Elmore James introduced the harmonica into the blues realm.
Reverend Robert Jones’ Blues Innovations for Ukulele demonstrates how to translate many of the key techniques and approaches from the blues tradition for the ukulele. Along the way, you’ll also acquire a diverse repertoire of 11 “blues uke” performance studies covering a diverse range of blues progressions and feels.
”The ukulele is not only one of today’s most popular, versatile instruments in American music. It's also easy to learn and fun to play. While its sonic footprint is similar to other blues instruments, most people don’t yet consider the uke as a blues instrument.
We’ll cover essential techniques and concepts to help you get started on the instrument. We’ll talk about uke history, sizes, tuning, basic chords, strumming vs. fingerpicking, and much more. I’ve organized the course across a series of 11 innovative “blues uke” performance studies so that you can apply all of the concepts and techniques in a musical context.
Each of the performance studies has been designed to help you find your own “blues” voice on the ukulele at every step of the way - learning new chords and keys, finding pentatonic scales, blues ornamentations for uke, fingerpicking patterns, singing blues tunes and more.
You’ll have all of TrueFire’s learning tools at your fingertips so that you can learn and practice everything at your own pace.”
Reverend Jones will explain and demonstrate all of the key concepts and approaches along the way. You’ll get standard notation and tabs for all of the performance studies. Plus, you’ll be able to use TrueFire’s learning tools to sync the tab and notation to the video lesson. You can also loop or slow down the videos so that you can work with the lessons at your own pace.
Grab your uke and let’s play some blues with Reverend Robert Jones!