Watch the Gospel Blues 1 online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Blues Survival Guide: Rhythm Edition

In a tune like this it is very important to remember to play sparsely and simply. It is about the vocalist and soloist and when it's this slow, you need to leave as much room as you can to grow. I still battle with this myself, I will listen back to a gig and think I was playing tastefully until I hear the recording and realize I never stopped playing! A tune like this requires restraint and maturity, listen to the lyrics. What is the singer singing about? Am I supporting that emotion with what I am playing. These are extremely important elements to playing any tune. The great thing is all of this can be learned and practiced.

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