Watch the Blues Study in D 1 online guitar lesson by Tim Sparks from Post-Modern Fingerstyle Blues

Pull up a chair and get ready to work! This study in Drop D tuning (DADGBE, low to high) is blues-based but you'll find yourself a long way from "blues boxes" and the standard I–IV–V progression. The variations here, heard over a 16-bar structure rather than a typical 12-bar blues map, are inspired by barrrel-house piano à la Memphis Slim (1915–1988).