No matter what type of guitar you have been thinking about playing, odds are that at some point it was influenced by the blues. If you learn a bit of blues guitar before taking your first country guitar lesson, you’ll quickly hear the influence that blues style has on the different rhythms and picking of country guitar.
Today blues guitar is generally played on the electric, but learning acoustic blues can give you some good experience in combining techniques for both rhythm and lead (and when you decide it’s time for some rock guitar, or some lead blues on electric guitar, you’ll find the combined styles translate beautifully into the style you want to play).
How does blues acoustic accomplish this? Well, the rhythm part of the song is kept by playing the root of each chord, or the note that the chord is named after, with your thumb. This bass note is played on the bass strings, using quarter notes through the whole song.
In the meantime, your fingers will be plucking out the melody notes. These are based on the E blues scale, and are picked in the open position. Your melody notes will most likely be played on the three higher strings, as those bass strings are going to be busy with your bass notes.
Blues is great to learn on the acoustic because it sounds cool even when it’s just a basic pattern, and it is a good lead in to all sorts of different beginner’s guitar lessons. Not to mention, it is always handy to have a bit of history under your belt, and without the blues there would be no country, no rock, and no jazz.