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Tell Your Story - Create Your Own Blues Song

Level 2/3

“The Blues is the true facts of life.” - Willie Dixon
“The Blues is truth.” - Brownie McGhee

These quotes from two of the greatest blues songwriters say it all. Every one of us experiences the same basic emotions of love lost, love found, sadness, humor, loneliness, and joy. By taking a life experience and telling your own story with truth, you can create a blues song that will reach the hearts and souls of the listener. I’ll teach different forms of the blues including the basic 12 bar blues, the 8 bar blues, and the 1 chord blues form. We’ll explore chord substitutions that add a little flavor to the basic chord changes, different tunings, bass lines, and the importance of the right hand to establish grooves and feels. I teach that “less is more”, and “you can say a lot with a little” in your songwriting and guitar playing. With these tools you can create a blues song telling a story of your life.

My workshops are very relaxed and easy going, like dropping by my house for a visit. As well as teaching, I'll be telling some stories of my time with the old bluesmen and the lessons I learned about music and life.

  • 10/13/17 - 10/16/17
  • Tell Your Story - Create Your Own Blues Song
  • Apply Now!
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About Doug MacLeod

Blues Music Award

DOUG MACLEOD has been nominated for two 2017 Blues Music Awards: ACOUSTIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR & ACOUSTIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR- 'LIVE IN EUROPE'

Doug is a multiple Blues Music Award Winner and perennial Blues Music Award nominee. He is known for his prolific superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit, and unforgettable live performances. His songs have been covered by Albert King, Albert Collins, Papa John Creach, Son Seals, and Eva Cassidy. Doug has co-written songs with Dave Alvin, Joe Louis Walker, and Coco Montoya. His songs have been on TV movies and TV shows including ‘The Heat Of The Night’.

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