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.

The course author renowned guitar teacher at Pete Whittard is a long-time contributor to Total Guitar and Guitar Techniques magazines. You will also be guided through your course with a blues guitar teacher in the weekly 121 lessons. 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.

Did you know  this course offers a unique blended study option?  This means you can study online as well as attend a series of live workshops held at ICMP London. These face-to-face live music sessions are an incredible opportunity to really get the most out of your course.

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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

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Key facts

  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Start date: Whenever you're ready!
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: £99 (£199 with optional live workshops at ICMP London)
  • Did you know we offer a blended study route for this course meaning you can mix online study with live workshops held right here at ICMP London! Apply and choose the blended option.


We offer two unique & flexible study routes depending on your circumstances; you can either study for 6 weeks all online with access to a dedicated ICMP tutor to support your learning, or, via our 10 week blended study option mixing online study with the opportunity to attend live workshops right here at ICMP London.



We continually invest in a world class, industry-standard learning environment, with cutting-edge equipment and technology to support learning


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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