Are you worried about getting up at a jam night and playing with the band with confidence?

The course breaks the job of playing rhythm guitar in a band into a few key choices, or ‘roles’ and you’ll learn how to apply these to your playing. You’ll also learn the common blues forms and structures, chord moves and vocabulary, as well as how to approach turnarounds. You’ll also learn how to build your feel and time base so you can play ‘in the pocket’. It is a highly practical course and you will be assigned tasks to complete in each module.

Weekly Video Feedback
+121 lesson time 

The course author renowned guitar teacher at Pete Whittard is a long-time contributor to Total Guitar and Guitar Techniques magazines. On this course you will be guided through the material by an ICMP guitar expert in weekly video lessons; on top of this expect weekly private video feedback and 121 lesson time to during your course. And of course, whilst the course is six weeks in duration, you retain access to the content so can review whenever you need!

Once you have completed this step-by-step course, you too will know how to master the key roles all blues guitarists cover when playing rhythm and how to get that authentic blues sound. You just know how to "play blues rhythm" the right way.

What’s covered?

Module 1: Forms and Structure

  • Lesson 1: Module Intro
  • Lesson 2: Shuffle Time vs Straight Time
  • Lesson 3: The Quick Change
  • Lesson 4: 8 and 16 Bar Blues
  • Lesson 5: Minor Blues
  • Lesson 6: Need Your Love So Bad
  • Lesson 7: Module Recap

Module 2: Riffs and Fills

  • Lesson 1: Module Intro
  • Lesson 2: Fretting and Picking Techniques
  • Lesson 3: Minor Pentatonic Riffs
  • Lesson 4: Major Pentatonic Riffs
  • Lesson 5: Double Stops
  • Lesson 6: Shuffle Patterns Revised
  • Lesson 7: Module Recap

Module 3: Classic Chord Moves

  • Lesson 1: Module Intro
  • Lesson 2: The ‘Classic’
  • Lesson 3: Gospel Slides
  • Lesson 4: Sixths
  • Lesson 5: Minor Blues moves
  • Lesson 6: Module Recap

Module 4: Turnarounds

  • Lesson 1: Module Intro
  • Lesson 2: Chordal Turnarounds
  • Lesson 3: Open String Moves
  • Lesson 4: The Turnaround Formula
  • Lesson 5: Module Recap

Module 5: Advanced Chords and Substitutions

  • Lesson 1: Module Intro
  • Lesson 2: Extending the Dominant Chord Vocabulary
  • Lesson 3: 11ths and 13th Chords
  • Lesson 4: 6ths, 6/9 and 7#9 Chords
  • Lesson 5: Static and Moving Chord Moves
  • Lesson 6: Module Recap

Module 6: Playing in a Band

  • Lesson 1: Module Intro
  • Lesson 2: Complexity vs Simplicity
  • Lesson 3: Combinations That Work
  • Lesson 4: The Q & A Role
  • Lesson 5: Timing Revisited
  • Lesson 6: Example Changes
  • Lesson 7: Module Recap

Course start dates​​:​

  • Tuesday 10th August 2021


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We're offering a bursary for up to 60 students on a range of our short music courses for those who have no previous experience of Higher Education.


Key facts

  • Weekly private video feedback with an ICMP guitar expert
  • 121 lesson time during your course
  • Structured 6 week online course including high quality HD videos and support materials
  • Student discussion forum
  • Download all course materials
  • 6 week course
  • Next start date: Tuesday 10th August 2021
Course Author

Course author Pete Whittard will also be your online course tutor providing you with personalized feedback over the six weeks. Pete is a long-time contributor/journalist for Total Guitar and Guitar Techniques magazine for whom he interviewed Joe Satriani, John Mayer and Steve Lukather amongst many others. He has also written a number of guitar transcription books. 

Course HIghlights


Pete discusses the different roles a blues rhythm guitarist has to fulfill.


In this video Pete continues by exploring a blues rhythm guitar classic.


To maximise your benefit from this course, you should be at ‘foundation’ to ‘lower intermediate’ level on your instrument. You should be able to perform rhythm guitar parts (both chord and riff based) and ideally be able to play a simple solo using fundamental techniques.


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