Is there a logical sequence to learn the BYCU books in, I have BYCU and I have been using that for a while, I recently purchased BRYCU to use with it, just curious is there a sequence to follow or can these two books be used together or should I finish BYCU first before starting BRYCU.
...if you have seen my progress vids thread posted on this forum, you'll already know that I work through both, BYCU and BRYCU, simultaneously, and I find they compliment each other well. However, I don't strictly follow the BYCU curriculum only but rather use other learning resources, too (e.g. learning tunes etc.) - so what this other commitments gain me might bridge existing gaps while I'm not consciously aware of it. I remember that when I was member of the old Forum back in the day before my long guitar lay-off, John mentioned that the best way would be to work first through BYCU, then MBYCU and finally Jazzin' while usin BCYCU parallely. Well, this was before the newer books, and I think I'll use MBYCU and Jazzin' at the same time in the future to come, before finally coming to R'n'BYCU which I expect the most daunting... I haven't looked into BLYCU, but I think this is supposed to be tackled after MBYCU. I work on BCYCU almost on a daily basis and enjoy it very much... however, at my pace and with all the side-tracking, I expect my BYCU-journey will take me forever...
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Tbone has a good plan, though I would work through MBYCU and Jazzin' separately. There is a lot of new material to learn in each. New approaches, really. If you are going to work through both, I recommend starting with MBYCU and then moving on to Jazzin', because the first gets you thinking chordally in your melodic (lead) playing. Jazzin' takes it even further, with lots of new progressions and substitutions, etc.
My updated recommendation:
1. Start with BYCU - that's pretty much a given.
2. Move on to MBYCU, for reasons given above, or start in on Blues Rhythms You Can Use. You can work in both at the same time. (an alternative would be to begin reading and working through BYCU Chords, but consider that to be a longer term endeavor.)
3. Start in on either Jazzin' the Blues or the newest, Rhythm and Blues You Can Use, depending on your interest. Both books push you into heavy use of chords, with Jazzin' having the more complex, "jazzier" sounding chords and melodies, and R&BYCU having more plain major and minor chords, with some 7ths and 9ths. R&BYCU takes you through the various R&B styles, from the 1950's doo-wop and 1960's soul, to driving funk styles. (If you need help deciding, you should listen to the samples on this site.)
Blues Licks You Can Use is really a supplement which helps you to work through the various blues guitar styles. I would say you should finish BYCU before starting in this, or any of the other books in the series.
Obviously, everyone works and learns differently, so you should feel free to choose your own sequence. And as tbone mentioned, there are other books and methods. I would never claim to have covered everything there is to learn in the blues. Nor do I claim to have the best or only system for everybody.
Finally, your best teachers are on the great recordings. BB King, Albert King, Freddie King, Albert Collins, Muddy Waters, Lightnin' Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, just off the top of my head. There are so many. Choose your favorite and listen to them over, and over, very closely. See what you can pick up.