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"Jim Bruce's Acoustic Blues Lessons Have
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How To Play Blues Guitar Like The Legendary Blues Men
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"Find out how some of my student's are doing - click the video below to watch a playlist of videos recently sent to me. It gives me a big kick to see how well they play, and particularly how they transmit that special 'bluesy' feeling - it's not just about technique!"  
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        Details Of The Package ...

Each blues guitar lesson is presented as a stand alone video file in Windows format (downloads) and is additionally provided in Windows or Mac format on  a data disk shipped free of charge.

A PDF tablature file is  included for printing out.

Slow motion split-screen video of both left and right hand techniques ensure an effective learning experience.

The perfect format for learning the authentic tricks used by the classic blues men.
  • 11 hours of detailed tuition - download, online and disk
  • An instant download link is provided after payment
  • 36 complete guitar lessons covering the major blues styles
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  • Slow motion close ups of both hands
  • On-screen chord diagrams & tablature for quick reference
  • Ragtime, delta blues, bottleneck and open tunings
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' I have many emails from happy students who are now able to access these classic acoustic blues guçitar styles, and I'm very pleased that so many people find this tuition rewarding. I'm inviting you to discover the real blues '

Jim Bruce   Email  JIM HERE

Complete Lesson List For The 36 Video Acoustic Blues Guitar Course.

Mississippi John Hurt

Satisfied and Tickled Too

Robert Johnson

Me and the Devil
Walkin' Blues
Love in Vain

Pink Anderson

CC & O Blues

Leroy Carr

Mobile Texas line

Big Bill Broonzy

Hey Hey
Glory of Love
Key To The Highway
Worryin Off My Mind

Blind Boy Fuller

Truckin' Little Baby
Careless Love
Weeping Willow
Untrue Blues

Blind Willie McTell

Statesboro' Blues

Mance Lipscomb

Reap What You Sow

Blind Blake

That'll Never Happen 
West Coast Blues
Too Tight Blues
Southern Rag
Come On Boys
Down the Country
Diddie Wah Diddie
Police Dog Blues
Tootie Blues

Lightnin' Hopkins

Woman Called Mary
Baby Please Don't Go

Scrapper Blackwell

Kokomo Blues
Down and Out
Blues Before Sunrise
Blue Day Blues

Brownie McGhee

Livin' With the Blues

Floyd Council

Poor and Ain't Got a Dime

Willie Walker

Dupree Blues
South Carolina Rag

Blues Guitar Lessons - Testimonial #22"Jim Bruce is one of those rare individuals whose talent for playing genuine old-time blues guitar is matched only by his gift for conveying that knowledge to others." (Pasha is pictured at the grave of Big Bill Broonzy in South Chicago)

                        Pasha Saleh
Potomac, Maryland, USA


      Recent Course Review extract:

"The guitar lessons begin with Jim performing the complete song, at full speed. This is great to watch, although it can seem a little daunting, as you realize you're going to be learning to play the same tune!

Then the lesson itself begins, as Jim breaks the song right down into small, manageable sections that you can work on in a practice session. He also slows it right down, making it much easier to follow along.

In the relevant sections of the video, the guitar tab or chord/fingering charts are shown in the lower part of the screen, making it easy to follow.

One thing that can seem difficult when you're learning to play acoustic blues guitar, is coordinating the picking action from your right hand, with changing chords and fretting notes with the left. In each of the lesson videos, Jim shows close ups of both the right hand picking technique and the left hand chord positions, so you can see more easily what's happening.

Each of the different song sections are then put together, so you can soon make progress towards playing more complete parts of the song. Of course, there's more than one way to play acoustic blues guitar."

Blues Guitar Lessons Testimonial #17 - ... they are better than any of the you tube blues guitar lessons that are teasers for professional DVDs that I've seen ...         Dear Jim,                      

            ... I just wanted to write and tell you my thoughts on your lessons ...


... they are better than any of the YouTube acoustic blues lessons that are teasers for professional videos that I've seen (and this includes some of the major finger style publications).

I find that your method, thoroughness, quality, and personable style not to mention the sheer bulk of songs make your package incredible value.

              Robert J, George, Tx, USA

Testimonial 4 - Allan - Learn Blues Guitar Customer

" Jim Bruce adds new dimensions to those beautiful old blues and rag songs and makes lessons easily accessible as downloads, with chords, tabs and easy to understand video and instruction from the master himself. " 

Allan Schrattenholz  Nykøbing Falster Denmark

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  • by Peter Atshaves,

    Peter Atshaves

    By far, one of the best courses being sold today.

    You will not be disappointed with this material and the presentation.

  • by Norman Knodel,

    Jim Bruce is "The Man"

    I've been an acoustic blues hound for well over 40 years...take it from me: Jim Bruce's studies of the old masters have been so diligent and his transcriptions, with all their nuances, are so accurately rendered that the man should be awarded a PHD in Musicology! ...plus, he's just such a down to earth, nice guy. To quote the man: "Keep it real".....What a resource!! Thanks Jim

  • by Vaughan Marais,
Best recorded teaching method!!

I've done loads of guitar tutorials in my time, and Jim's recording method and instruction is by far the best I've seen!

  • by Fred,

    Well organized and clear instructions

    The format Jim Bruce uses is like sitting in your living room and having a good friend show you lick by lick how to play a song. This is how I learned to play many years ago, as I expect many of you did, too. The tabs are simple and accurate, and he combines them with close ups of the left and right hands so there is no guessing. And the songs are classics, a very nice study of fingerstyle blues. Thanks, Jim.

  • by Mr John Richard Gordon,

    A great course

    Great instructor with easy to follow videos and tabs.

  • by Richard William Hulett,
  • Learning Ragtime

    We are so lucky to have the guidence from Jim to learn this old style of music. He gives us the foundation needed to play ragtime. I am thankful for his blind blake lesson collection, he teaches complete complicated songs from start to finish and breaks it down making learning easier. Go Jim! Highly recommended!

  • by SAIDJI Ali,

    A true lover of blues and a very accurate teacher

    Jim Bruce not only succeeds in making you sharing his love of blues by his simplicity and obvious kindness but teaches you as well the accurate technics of the old masters of blues. He makes you discover some bluesmen who have unfortunately not the fame they deserve and show you how exactly they played.

    A thousand thanks to Jim

  • by Angus MacLeod,

    Jim Bruce acoustic blues maestro

    A great player and a great teacher. This man loves the guitar and the music it makes. Breaking the licks down to easily learned sections will let you learn to play the music you love better than ever. It has for me. Keep teachin' that pickin' Jim. You truly are the man.

  • by Terry Orletsky,

    Jim Bruce Blues Guitar - Lightnin' Hopkins

    Jim's presentation is incredible. He doesn't take anything for granted insofar as your skill level is concerned. The multiple views of right and left hand playing the same lick are almost unique in the guitar instruction business. He takes us step by step...

  • by Gary Lerette,

    thanks Jim .great tunes and excellent teaching.your method makes learning the tunes fun and very easy to understand.I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn finger picking.

  • by Daryl Walter,

    Some of the best

    Fantastic value for money and some of the best tutorials around and now being available through udemy makes them so much more useable.

  • by Craig Tinning,

    Excellent lessons

    For acoustic blues lovers these step by step lessons take you from zero to semi-accomplished very quickly. Some more Lightning Hopkins and Brownie McGhee please Jim!!

  • by Mik.simpson@btinternet.com,

    blues guitar course

    Fantastic music really well presented in an easily understandable manner, with tab that can be printed and every song broken down into small bite sized sections. What more could I ask for!

  • by Eddie Rivera,

    Love The Blues

    Jim's unique approach to teaching the Blues is great. He goes back to old clips of the great masters of blues and breaks it down for you. You can't go wrong with these lessons

  • by David Inman,

    Jim does a great job Teaching

    Anyone can learn to play guitar but not everyone can teach it. Jim has a way of helping you understand his lessons.

  • by Dave Tyler,

    old time Blues - play the way like it

    I've been playing guitar for a while and I've always wanted to play just like the great Blues players from way back when, and when i saw Jim playing I thought THIS IS IT, at last someone who can play THE BLUES properly. Great player with great technique. Tx.

  • by Michael Keidar,

    Amazing guitar teacher

    I have never enjoyed learning guitar as much! Jim's "system" works!! :)


  • by Max,

    Jim Bruce, L'ultimo grande bluesman

    Ho già avuto modo di studiare alcuni brani che Jim insegna con il suo formidabile corso su DVD che ho acquistato tempo fa. E' un grandissimo maestro che insegna con video ricchi di particolari e con estrema precisione nei passaggi più complessi e che richiedono una grande conoscenza tecnica dello strumento e del genere che si insegna. Nel caso di Jim: il Blues.

  • by Leon Klich,

    A Teacher, a mentor, not a salesman

    Jim's teaching is shared learning, and commitment to passion with fun, as opposed to many of the web's sales pitchers.

    I have really appreciated the step by raised step encouragement and student-centred detail, and the belief that it can be done by persistent time on task, and it actually works.


  • by Charly Hanson,

    Excellent Training

    Jim gives instruction that you can't get anywhere else and knows his trade extremely well. A real blues man!

  • by Jim Scotchford,

    Excellent tuition well thought out and executed giving beginners and intermediates a true incite into methods of playing the original blues by the early greats. Anyone thinking of buying a Jim Bruse Course will find them easy to follow and their guitar playing improve. I speak from experience, the lessons are great!

  • by Jana Conn,

    just began looking at courses

    They are awesome!! Thank you so much Jim, I am going to use some of this instruction to help me get back into playing.

    I like the platform it appears to be organized and the video and audio is high quality.

    Will report back with my progress.thanks again!!!

  • by Patrick Whitehill,

    Nothing else like it

    Jim Bruce is the only instructor I've ever found who actually teaches you how to play authentic acoustic blues. Now this is fun!

  • by Blind Lemon Meringue,

    Blind Lemon Meringue

    A nice intro to acoustic blues. What better way to learn than from a man who plays it on the streets

  • by Gwyhir@yahoo.com,

    No problems at all.

    I'm having absolutely no problems at all with viewing and downloads on this course. Great stuff Jim.

  • by Phillip Pavlich,

    Jim tells it so simply and easy to understand.

  • by Larry Horowitz,

    Great lessons! I noticed immediate difference in the quality of my playing.

  • by Charly Hanson,

    Texas to Carolina Blues - Jim Bruce

    Cool! Jim's courses get better and better! He has a hit with this one! Tabs, clips with left and right hands, lecture notes, and excellent playing. If you want to learn authentic Texas and Carolina blues of the masters, Jim's course is the way to do it! Great job Jim!!!! Keep up the great work and keep on pickin'. :-)

  • by Michael Potter,

    Texas to Caroline

    Jim's lessons are always clear and well paced. You can focus on small parts to get riffs and licks right.

  • by Leon Klich,

    Blues gold nuggets

    Thanks Jim, keep going, more please. Every one of these is like finding a lost gold nugget of blues.


    Neonroadster continues to be impressed

    Amazing - Jim gives you everything you need. Small bite-sized pieces that you can work on and eventually build up the whole song.


  • by Char Montney,

    from texas

    always loved the blues! thank you for this course

  • by Ignacio García Fernández,

    Great teaching, as it is usual. Finger picking blues greats in your hands.

    Thank you, Jim.

  • by Patrick Whitehill,

    Best blues guitar instructor on the planet

    I'm 50 years old and when I grow up I want to be Jim Bruce.

Thoughts About The Blues

For the majority of people, to play acoustic guitar in the authentic way is a bit more than just copying the musical style. The blues kindles an ongoing fascination with a time in American history that still speaks to us today - the lives of the first blues singers and musicians give us an inside look at the tribulations of life for colored people in those times.

You don't have to listen very hard to hear the beat of the classic blues in most modern jazz, rock and pop music. Blues music is the root of 60s rock, which in turn came from Chicago electric blues, which was heavily influenced by Big Bill Broonzy's music, which in turn .... well, you get the picture.

While it's true that there were definite flavors of guitar blues, it all came basically from one beginning, and possibly from one actual region - the Mississippi Delta. The first African slaves labored tortuous hours in the fields picking cotton and dragging huge sacks behind them. Work gangs were very common in the South, where colored people could be jail|jailed} for almost nothing, and then forced to labor on the roads or on the bosses farms. It was a great spiritual relief to sing or chant a rhythm to measure the work flow and give feeling of community|some comfort}. In this way the so called 'field hollers' came into being}. Field hollers had a limited range musically and the words were very repetitive, which became an enduring characteristic of all songs in the blues style.

The first slaves were stolen from Africa, a continent with a rich tradition of story telling and elementary music accompanied by strong rhythms, often accompanied by drums and instruments with a single string created from gourds or the skins of animals stretched out across a frame. It's probable that the first basic guitar had just one or two strings, with a sound box fabricated from a big cigar box. Without a doubt, only really simple music could be the result of these beginnings, but the vocal nuances were at the same time subtle and powerful.

The Blues Guitar Arrives ...

At the turn of the 20th century, an innovative method of selling gave a new impetus for blues music and was vital for creating the rich variation we now associate with it. The Sears company put in place a system for buying products by mail, and distributed catalogs all over the USA. This had never happened before - affordable factory made instruments were available for all. Amongst the many products on offer, you could purchase a Harmony acoustic guitar for one dollar. The blues was on the verge of a breakthrough!

As one might imagine, a factory made acoustic guitar obviously wasn't the highest quality instrument, and it was probably difficult to keep in tune - in the southern humid weather, it was almost impossible. This is one of the reasons why bottleneck was one of the first ways of playing blues guitar. It was much easier to make a basic tune as the guitar was tuned to an open arrangement such as open D, G or C - you didn't even have to to know any blues guitar chords! In open G, for instance, it was a lot easier to keep the guitar tuned than when in standard or 'Spanish' style tuning. Even when the guitar was slightly off tune, you could vary the position of the bottleneck throughout the playing, so it didn't have that much of an impact - especially for a talented player.

Almost all of the early blues musicians were adept at this style, such as Son House (who taught Robert Johnson), Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Of course, Son House favored bottleneck guitar throughout his playing, whilst the others diversified into other finger picking styles. House mostly played a National steel guitar-steel guitar called a National, which was all metal construction housing a patented 'cone' amplifier system. The natural acoustic amplifier effect was a definite boon when performing for parties, or in noisy places, for instance. These kind of events generally meant heavy drinking and more often than not, fights about money or women.

Diversity In Blues Music

As blues guitar became more available and the power of the music spread, inevitably musicians began to experiment with ways of playing and definite styles emerged, sometimes being defined by a particular region.

Although the drum beat was an important characteristic of native music in Africa, playing a drum was banned in the Southern States, because the wealthy classes didn't allow anything that might lift the spirits of their workers and possibly give them the desire to complain or resist. Maybe this is the reason why a particular percussive style of finger picking developed which is now known as 'monotonic bass". In this style, the picking thumb strikes one or several bass strings, marking the beat while one or more fingers are used to create a melody to accompany the singing.

The big advantage of this fingerpicking technique is that one doesn't need to be that careful about fretting some bass strings at all. As long as the strings were damped down by the palm of the hand used for picking, all is well. The audience just hears a rhythmic 'thunk, thunk, thunk' which acts to move the music along. Some guitarists such as Broonzy and Mance Lipscombe, used this style entirely, while others could play in that style if they chose, and if the music would be better for it.

The Influence Of Ragtime Piano

In the early {1900s, a very young brothel piano player called Scott Joplin devised a style of playing for dancing that was complicated and really appealing. The bass pattern in particular was rhythmically different and he called it 'syncopation', and he called his music Ragtime. The prevalent cadence of the bass pattern was 'bum-chick, bum-chick', which means that the bass alternates between a lower and a higher note in regular time.

Once upon a time, a guitarist realized that this 'bum-chick' rhythm could be made if the thum alternates between two bass strings of the guitar, and countless possibilities became available to these new blues musicians. The music created by this new wave of blues guitarists was more complicated and had a very different flavor to Delta Blues. Ragtime dancing became popular and many ragtime style songs were composed, often with lyrics not much less than pornographic!

Some popular blues men played only ragtime music, such as Blind Blake, who created a style even more complex, where the picking thumb 'rolled' across the bass strings, creating two beats in place of one. Blind Blake recorded some 126 songs in his career, and his formidable speed and precise accuracy were never equaled. Maybe his only equal were Gary Davis and Willie Walker. We don't know much about Walker, as he just cut two sides, which were quite impressive.

Reverend Davis, by contrast, lived until he was in his sixties and became part of the thriving folk blues movement, playing for thousands of new fans in countries all over the world. While Davis would only play gospel songs in the later part of his career - (he was a practicing minister) - he could play any blues style at all. His own songs were very rich musically, showing proficiency in all keys and styles.

Gary Davis also taught other famous blues men such as Blind Boy Fuller, who was much more popular commercially when they were both young - this was strange, as he was no where near as good a guitarist as the Reverend. Nonetheless, his work was solid and very popular - his records sold in theoir thousands.

Broonzy and Chicago

Big Bill's technique was pure monotonic thumb bass, but his finger technique was very inventive and complex sounding. Amazingly, like Gary Davis and a good many master blues guitarists, he just used one finger to pick the strings. His musical range was incredibly varied, and included straight blues, ragtime songs, breakdowns, melodic ballads and even tin pan alley standards in vogue at the time, such as Glory of Love. One of Broonzy's best known songs, 'Hey Hey' was made popular again when Clapton featured the classic song on his album Unplugged in the eighties.

Big Bill went to Chicago from the Southern states and quickly gained a reputation as a 'swinging' blues man. He was very popular and joined big bands and trios all around Chicago-land. It might be said that Big Bill was the link between old style acoustic blues and modern electric Chicago blues - he was incredibly influential.

Even though his career waned when the new electric blues music took America by storm, he once more discovered an audience overseas as a true American folk blues performer. Like many, many brilliant old blues artists, he died without a penny but of course left us a massive heritage of blues guitar music to enjoy.

Some Minor Blues Artists and The Carolina Blues Scene

The legend of Robert Johnson is of course really well known, and he is often thought to be the greatest blues guitar player. Nonetheless, there are many lesser known guitar players who were much more creative and successful in their time than Johnson was.

For instance, a group of Carolina guitarists (Reverend Gary Davis also originated Carolina) included the legendary Blind Boy Fuller, Floyd Council and Pink Anderson had a massive impact on guitarists who came into contact with them. Anderson and Council didn't know each other, but the group Pink Floyd borrowed their names for their act. Anderson began his musical career performing with a traveling medicine show, playing banjo and ragtime guitar with some show added for good measure. Sometimes he was accompanied by Simmie Dooly, another guitarist of note.

Floyd Council's style of guitar playing was a lot like Bind Boy Fuller's, and in fact he played the part of second guitar for some of Fuller's recordings. Floyd's style was unusual, because it often featured ragtime guitar style chords, but the bass pattern was not always strictly alternating, but quite varied. Variations were also a strong characteristic of the guitar work of Gary Davis - the thumb might leave the pattern at a time of his pleasing and perhaps play a little melody of it's own. The effect is really appealing and hard to copy.

Why Were Some Blues Men Legends And Others Not?

When you start to learn blues guitar the same old names keep cropping up - Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf. For me, electric blues is boring, it's almost exclusively played in a group, for example. With the acoustic guitar there is simply nowhere to hide.

Some legends, like Son House, were quite limited in their finger picking style - House basically played one riff in open G for all his songs, but it didn't matter! Lisetn to Death Letter, or Walkin' Blues captured in the field by Alan Lomax - this song is one of the most powerful blues I've ever heard. The great bluesy feel is enhanced by the sound of a train passing by half way through the performance - how cool is that!

The blend of guitar, mandolin and voices is just perfect, the kind of of musical free for all - a chaotic sound that can only come from a lot of practice. Luckily, House survided into his sixties and so we have film to show us his prowess. He seemed to thrash the blues out of his National Steel guitar, rather than finger picking it. It wasn't delicate at all - was it similar to the style of Robert Johnson?

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