Friday, November 23, 2012

Nostalgia: Warren Nunes - The Blues

One of the first jazz guitar books I ever studied was "The Blues" by Warren Nunes. Must have been in the early eighties, long before I ever got serious about jazz. I borrowed it from a friend and learned my first basic jazz blues progressions from it. And probably my first jazz solo too, called "True Blue." The book is from the 70s. It was the time of record players and it had a plastic record (flexidisc) in it with some backing tracks over which you could solo. I actually found it on the Tube again! Nostalgia! Listen:

Here are some basic blues progressions in Bb and F that I took from this book. The book has probably been out of print for years. But I still use these progressions. Still remember the licks too. In the vids you can see which chords I am playing. Here we go:

  Basic blues in Bb

Basic blues in F

  Another basic blues in Bb

Modern blues in F

Another modern blues in F


  1. Fantastic! I have a Nunes CD, pretty good but maybe a little rehearsed-sounding. Anyway, I really like some of the chord choices. Time to get the guitar out and follow along w/you. Very smooth sounding, btw.

  2. Same nostalgia here! I had this book but missed it. Thanks

  3. Ayuda.. ayuda de casualidad tendras el disco que venia incluido con el libro ya que el mio no lo trae para poder apoyarme para lo enseñado en el disco.

  4. Hi there! Thanks for posting this. I had the good fortune to be able to study with Warren shortly before his tragic end. I can honestly say that I learned more from him is just a few lessons than I learned from any other teacher that I've ever had.

  5. This is nice. I began studying jazz guitar with Warren in his home in the Bay Area when I was 18 back in the late 70's. I purchased a Gibson L5 Super 400 and those 3 years with Warren were the best.