Should I get Acoustic BU?

Discussion in 'Acoustic BGU Questions and Comments' started by MichaelCarlstrom, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. MichaelCarlstrom

    MichaelCarlstrom Blues Newbie

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    Hi I hope this question isn’t too stupid. I play electric and just got into acoustic. I have beginning blues guitar and Blues guitar unleashed. Is there any benefits to also getting Acoustic guitar unleashed? Or will what I’m learning in the other two be just fine on acoustic?
     
  2. chemeagle

    chemeagle Blues Newbie

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    Are you new to guitar? If yes then no stick with the one course. If you want to learn acoustic then learn to play chords and songs. If not a beginner then buy away and focus on what grabs your fancy. . Squirrel!
     
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  3. Paleo

    Paleo Where's the root?

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    Beginning Blues will work fine on your acoustic, especially the later lessons on strumming.

    Blues Guitar Unleashed will still be fine on acoustic for the first half on rhythm. For the lead lessons you'll probably want your electric. Those bends will be a bear on acoustic.

    If you want to get more out of you acoustic you'll want Acoustic Blues Unleashed. The theory, scale and chord sections will cover the same material, but the solos are geared more to what Griff calls the "playing on the porch" style, i.e. playing by yourself.

    And it has the most extensive section on timing and counting of any of Griff's courses.:sneaky:
     
  4. MichaelCarlstrom

    MichaelCarlstrom Blues Newbie

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    Thank you guys for your help. I’m technically not new but am treating myself like I’am. I started playing when I was 12 with lessons. I my early 20’s I got my left hand crushed in a machine. Had to be rebuilt and it was too weak and painful to play. I put the guitar away for years only trying occasionally. About a year and a half ago I decided I needed to give it another try. So I pulled out my guitars and started again. I had forgotten so much or have had to learn a new way of doing something to accommodate my hand. I found Griffs courses late one night last year and he’s been a constant help getting me back to what I loved. A lot has come back but I forgot a lot too. I’m chugging along still on beginning blues, though I bought BGU first. I recently bought an acoustic. Looks like I’ll be getting AGU too.
     
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  5. Paleo

    Paleo Where's the root?

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    You may want to also consider Strumming & Rhythm Mastery if you find you really like strumming chords on that acoustic at the end of BBG. It's pretty much a seamless transition from one to the other.

    Adding that to the other 3, I would consider them the Big 4 and from there you could go in almost any direction you choose.
     
  6. Jalapeno

    Jalapeno Southeastern Michigan

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    My $0.02

    If you want to learn Delta Style blues ABGU is a very, very, good foundation and will give you some repertoire to boot. Delta as opposed to the Chicago/Memphis style of BGU.

    It took me about 2 full years to complete ABGU and I found it to be the most difficult, but the most rewarding, of all Griff's courses. By contrast it only took me a bit less than a year to complete BGU and about 18 months to complete Gibson's Learn and Master Guitar program.

    I still keep many ABGU songs in my repertoire, Old Mississippi Blues, Mean Ol' Woman Blues, The Saint Louis Blues, So Low You Can't Hear It, and a few others I can't think of the names of, at the moment.

    Once I finished ABGU I started taking video courses from Toby Walker and Stephan Grossman. Thank god I got a good foundation in acoustic blues from Griff before I started their lessons. Solo acoustic blues is actually very difficult and even with Griff's course I struggle with the more advanced teachers.

    Eric
     
  7. Mickey Duane

    Mickey Duane Used To Be A Rock Star

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    Get the course. I play acoustics and electric - found the course to be extremely fulfilling

    Peace
     
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  8. Cornfield

    Cornfield Blues Newbie

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    I just got the Beginning Blues Guitar Course and I'm wondering if I should have gotten the Acoustic one instead. All of my guitars are acoustic. I usually play in folk music song circles and I'm just trying to improve my technique for porch style blues.
     
  9. jmin

    jmin San Francisco, CA

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    ...not instead, ...next! I had to chime in since I’ve spent a crazy amount of hours on lesson 29 in ABGU this week.
    This is my 3rd year on ABGU. I really wanted to learn how to play an acoustic - it really is different than an electric. This course has been very good - challenging, but good! Jump on it when Griff has another sale!
     
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  10. Elwood

    Elwood mushin

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    yes to abgu for my .02c. Sounds like you are trying to reconnect with yourself and playing. I am probably a little different, to me it always comes down to one thought, one tune, if I can carry that I try to make it work with other sounds (players?). ABGU gives you that feel more directly IMO. I got the AAP recently and love it. I have had bgu and abgu for years though. Really need to finish something....
    Bon Chance!!
     
  11. Cornfield

    Cornfield Blues Newbie

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    I had written Griff and he told me that I could return the BBG materials. Many of the things he talks about are old hat, ingrained items. I know the open chords and can sometimes reasonably play a barre chord. I know how to reead music so I know a quarter note from a 1/8 rest etc. The circle of fifths is tattooed on my gray matter.
    I am learning some bits from the BBG stuff though. I've been strumming away like a cowboy, I've never happily used a pick and never done much finger picking. I've decided to keep BBG and I'll pick up ABGU later. I can always pass these materials on to someone else if I tire of them.
     
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  12. Cornfield

    Cornfield Blues Newbie

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    There was a deal advertised on Facebook yesterday to get the ABGU course for $70 off and get the Acoustic Delta Blues Slide included for free. Needless to say, I jumped in and bught that package. Now I own three courses. In my musical journey, I have found it incredibly easy to buy instruments, books, CD's and DVD's. The problem is sticking my nose in and actually learning something.
     
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