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Watch the The Blues Part 1 online guitar lesson by Stu Hamm from Stu Hamm U: Bass Basics

The blues - what are they and who the heck gets em? The blues is the basis for most popular western music, a simple and basic combination of the 1, 4 and 5 chords in a pattern that has been oft repeated. Now, what do I mean when I say “The 1, 4 and 5 chord”? Well, I’ll explain what that means and show you the basic hand position so that you can easily outline this basic chord progression in any key. You’ll also be introduced to a chord chart for the first time, and I’ll explain the basics of that as well - measures, keys, time signatures and rhythm slashes, so that in very short order you will be able to make music from the piece of white paper with black lines and dots placed in front of you!