Watch the Essentials: Solo Electric Blues online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Essentials: Solo Electric Blues

Every guitar player should be able to play a number of solo blues pieces. This is a long-held tradition dating back to the Mississippi Delta with guys like Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, and Skip James to name a few. This tradition has been upheld by guys like Peter Green, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, and basically any other blues player we can mention. Learning to play a solo blues is helpful in many ways. First, it is an excellent way to build up a repertoire. Second, it is a fantastic way to build up your time, feel, and groove. Third, a solo blues is an excellent springboard for improvisation. And finally, it's a heck of a lot of fun! I have provided you with 10 solo blues pieces in different styles and feels, take your time and work through each one. These are all springboards for further improvisational explorations. Above all have fun!