Prior to starting the Learn and Master Blues program, I completed the Learn and Master Guitar program, including the Song Hits (with the exception of chord melody materials in both). I believe that playing chord melody is extremely advanced and requires a targeted specialty learning objective that could take years for most.
The Learn and Master Blues program was for me a beginning and an end to my learning this genre. For me, the middle part between the beginning and end required a considerable amount of effort and supplemental sources. When I tried to progress from the L&M lessons to the L&M playalongs, I felt ill prepared. To build a bridge over the gap, I used the supplemental materials detailed below.
After spending a considerable amount of time with the additional training materials, I went back to the L&M playalongs and found that they were a great learning tool. Now, I consider the L&M playalongs a significant part of my playing set. I use them as is and I use them as bounce points to create my own songs.
The supplemental resources I used follow:
Hal Leonard Blues Guitar
100 Blues Lessons - Heussenstamm and Johnson
The Complete Guide to Blues Guitar Compilation - Alexander
12 Bar Blues Guitar - Rubin
Jazzin the Blues - Ganapes and Roos
100 Classic Blues LIcks for Guitar - Alexander and Sklaroff
12-Bar Fingerstyle Blues - Rubin
I also compiled a 1000 song blues collection on my phone and listened to on random play a good amount over the last two years. YouTube blues band viewing was also used.
Was ready start playing with others about a year ago, then the pandemic hit.
As a substitute, I used Studio One DAW with drums, bass, and piano software instruments to create my own band. I create the band track within in Studio One, then play with the band. This may seem like an aside, but it took a considerable amount of effort. I am really happy to have the skill now.
Ready to develop from here. Would be great to get input from others on where to go from here.