Learn to Play Petit Blues (Bélanger) from RCM Preparatory Level on Classical Guitar

Petit Blues is a fun piece using chromatic melodies and a swing rhythm. This three-part tutorial lesson goes step-by-step on how to learn, practice and play it.

The RCM Bridges Series has many tunes, old to modern, that are fun to play and musically compelling. The early levels especially are must-haves for any classical guitarist.

Watch the video below for tips on how to practice and learn it, so you play it beautifully.

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About Petit Blues, by Marc Bélanger (RCM Guitar)

Petit Blues is a wonderful introduction to swing time and shuffle feel. It has a melody with bass accompaniment, and stays mainly in the first position on the guitar. The notes are appropriate for beginning-level players. There are chromatic notes (using sharps and flats) that give the piece it’s “blues” flavor. The rhythm is another main feature of this tune. And the tutorial explains how to practice swing time.

Petit Blues is a fun piece to play, and a great way to explore swing rhythms and shuffle feel on classical guitar. Enjoy!

About the RCM Bridges Series:

(From Amazon) Bridges: A Comprehensive Guitar Series serves as the official resource for guitar assessments of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. Innovative in its structure, Bridges supports students from the beginner to advanced levels with carefully sequenced repertoire, etudes, and technique. Each of the Repertoire and Etudes books in the series spans all major style periods and a variety of genres, presenting an organized compilation of pieces appropriate for that level of technical development. Nine progressive levels of Repertoire and Etudes scaffold student learning at every stage of musical development. Each book contains a balanced and representative selection of works from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and contemporary style periods. From the classics of Aguado to the modern compositions of Zenamon, Bridges connects students to both essential literature and enticing masterpieces never before found together. The Etudes have been carefully selected to support the repertoire and isolate specific technical and musical challenges, making Bridges an ideal collection and a comprehensive teaching resource.

Repertoire in the Preparatory Level Bridges Book:

Valse d’automne (Autumn Waltz) Composed by L. Gingras
Exercise 13 Composed by E. Barriero
Danse des Iles (Dance of the Islands) Composed by F. Lambert
First Exercise on the E String Composed by Johann Kaspar Mertz
Dutch Dance Composed by H. Neusidler
Flocons De Neige Composed by F. Costantino
Bransle de Poitou Composed by A. Le Roy
Moorish Dance Composed by A. Shearer
Carrousel Composed by Claude Gagnon
Ejercicio Composed by J. Ferrer
Sicilienne Composed by M. Carcassi
Andantino In C Major Composed by M. Carcassi
Aeloian Mode Composed by R. Smith Brindle
The Carousel Waltz Composed by Richard Summers
Waltz, op. 241, no. 1 Composed by F. Carulli
Moonlight Composed by S. Rak
Little Herdboy Composed by O. Kiselev
Sciapodus Composed by S. Bell
Eight Composed by Richard Summers
Torito Composed by J. Zenamon
Klangbild 13 (Sound Picture 13) Composed by C. Domeniconi
Oasis-Express Composed by T. Ogawa
Petit Blues Composed by M. Belanger
Dreams Composed by Richard Summers
Studies Lesson 62 Composed by J. Sagreras
Etude in A Minor Composed by A. Shearer
Prelude No. 9 Composed by A. Shearer
Lesson 46 Composed by J. Sagreras
Andante in C Major Composed by F. Carulli
Lyrical Study No. 14 Composed by J.M. Jackman
White Horse Composed by S. Iannarelli
Ukrainian Melody Composed by Ukranian Folk Song
Lesson 48 Composed by J. Sagreras
Lesson 61 Composed by J. Sagreras
Lyrical Study No. 4 Composed by R.M. Jackman
Lyrical Study No. 9 Composed by R.M. Jackman
A la maniere bulgare Composed by C. Camisassa
The Flask Composed by Jeffrey McFadden
A Simple Dialogue Composed by S. Bell, S. Ninou Bell
Valse d’automne (Autumn Waltz) Composed by L. Gingras
Lesson 62 Composed by J. Sagreras
Ninou Composed by S. Bell

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Allen Mathews

Hi, I’m Allen Mathews. 

I started as a folk guitarist, then fell in love with classical guitar in my 20’s. Despite a lot of practice and schooling, I still couldn’t get my music to flow well. I struggled with excess tension. My music sounded forced. And my hands and body were often sore. I got frustrated, and couldn’t see the way forward. Then, over the next decade, I studied with two other stellar teachers – one focused on the technical movements, and one on the musical (he was a concert pianist). In time, I came to discover a new set of formulas and movements. These brought new life and vitality to my practice. Now I help guitarists find more comfort and flow in their music, so they play more beautifully.
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