Allstate Presents A Mysoundworx Production

Fernando Jones’ Online Master Class Sessions:

“The Art of Playing + Singing the Blues by Ear.”

Fernando Jones, Executive Producer and Writer
Steve Sepulveda & Alex Villaseñor, Directors

(Filmed in 4K by Emerging Light Media in Chicago)

Donna Bryan, Voice Over Artist

Glenn Kaupert, Poster Photographer

Microphone in the Ad is a Shure Super 55


Proceeds benefit Blues Kids Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, and Blues Camp International by helping to provide free world-class American music instruction for beginner, intermediate and advanced student musicians and educators.

Blues Angels

In addition to Allstate, this project was also made possible with additional support from: Mary Barnes Donnelley Family Foundation, Shure, Tom Liebman, D’Addario Foundation, Jim Dunlop,  Lefort Martin Fund, Chicago Federation of Musicians, City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Columbia College Chicago, Edward G. Irvin Foundation, AIMusicLessons.com, Thinking Computers, the Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Incorporated, Chicago Community Trust and Fender Musical Instruments.

Online Course Description

Hi, I'm Fernando Jones. Welcome to Master Class Sessions. Just as there are fundamentals for playing your favorite sport “The Art of Playing + Singing the Blues by Ear” will teach you the fundamentals and basic skills needed to become a more impactful musician. Entry level, intermediate, weekend warrior or pro, this nurturing, interactive experience is for you.

In this intuitive, self-paced online course, filmed in 4K by Emerging Light Media at the Edward G. Irvin Achievement Center on the Southside of Chicago, I will demonstrates techniques and tricks of the trade in real life practice and performance situations on guitar, bass, drums, harmonica and the voice, while showing how they can work together without cluttering up the song. Concepts and skills learned here are transferable to all instrument family groups and music genres. You will learn about the music business, too. Assignment submission feedback will be given. Upon course completion, you will receive a certificate.

I have successfully taught the Blues to elementary school, high school and college students. I have also been a living resource for PhD candidates at Indiana University, DePaul University, Union Institute and the University of Nottingham University. Now it's our turn to work together. Learn Today. Gig Tonight.

Completion Tag

Now that you have completed the course - your final assignment awaits. Good luck, And thank for keeping the Blues red hot!


Outro / Donation(s) Tag

Donations benefit Blues Kids Foundation a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization providing free international Blues Camps and music workshops for student musicians ages 7 to 18 years old.


For more information on how you can be a strategic partner visit BluesKids.com

Course Includes (To be filled in after film is edited in March '21)

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Lessons Plans and Resources

  • MP3 Song Samples

  • Backing Tracks

  • XLM Song Files

  • Bass and Guitar TABS + Notation

  • 1 (one) "Welcome" Video Chat

  • 1 (one) 30 (thirty) Minute Coaching Session on Zoom

  • 1 (one) 30 (thirty) Minute Cohort Community Zoom Video Conference

  • Behind the Scenes Footage

  • 2 (two) Autographed Fernando Jones T-Shirts (Sizes Small to 2X)

  • 1 (one) Autographed Photos

  • 1 (one) Autographed Copy of "I Was There When The Blues Was Red Hot"

  • 1 (one) Fernando Jones signature Guitar Pick

  • 1 (one) Fernando Jones Autographed Poster

  • 1 (one) Fernando Jones logo sticker

  • Over 20 (twenty) BluesLoops Bass and Guitar Instructional Videos

  • The Midnight Music Mix Podcast Series

  • And more . . .

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:


  • Identify the different styles of electric and acoustic Blues

  • Identify the difference between 8-bar and 12-bar Blues

  • Present as an authoritative figure

  • Publish and share course experiences with the Master Class cohort online

  • Recognize and categorize instruments on sound recordings


  • Describe different styles of music by instrumentation and vocal styles

  • Explain how and why Chicago became the Blues Capital of the Word

  • Summarize group discussions

  • Summarize assignments


  • Practice exercises properly

  • Riff, improvise and solo tastefully

  • Play in time and "on time" using a metronome/click track

  • Play basic 8-bar and 12-bar Blues forms

  • Play basic grooves without changing patterns

  • Play basic major and minor chords (6th, 7th, 9th and 11th chords)

  • Play with others in complementary ways

  • Prepare a presentation for midterm and final evaluations

  • Produce video and audio project responses for class

  • Problem solve

  • Use critical thinking skills


  • Analyze, synthesize and present data/research in final presentation

  • Identify and apply effective techniques and technologies for planning, writing, performing and recording music

  • Differentiate between electric and acoustic instruments

  • Differentiate between standard notation and TABS

  • Organize presentation structure

  • Embrace technology

  • Present assignments professionally


  • Combine cohort resources and information

  • Compile artifacts

  • Develop communal working relationships with cohort

  • Demonstrate proper care of instruments

  • Demonstrate the differences between acoustic and electric Blues “feels”

  • Demonstrate the ability to play basic patterns on primary instruments

  • Demonstrate how to sing on pitch and in key

  • Demonstrate stage presence by appearance, band/song engagement, non-verbal (eye contact, body movement, facial expressions, etcetera)

  • Demonstrate an understanding for repertoire

  • Demonstrate dynamics

  • Organize assignment schedules


  • Compare and contrast each group’s work

  • Critique each other’s projects

Assessment of Growth + Performance

  • Pre-course Evaluation

  • Oral and Written quizzes

  • Homework Assignments

  • Class Participation

  • Final Project Presentation

  • Exit Course Evaluation

Course Rationale

  • This online course will provide global career and readiness skills.

Instrumentation Focus

  • 4-String Electric Bass

  • 6-String Electric Guitar

  • Resonator Guitar

  • 12-String Acoustic Guitar

  • 6-String Acoustic Guitar

  • Drum Kit

  • Diatonic Harmonica

  • The Voice

  • Microphone Techniques

Styles Surveyed

  • Blues, Funk, Soul, Dance, Gospel and More.

About the Instructor

Fernando Jones is an internationally travelled musicians, father of Blues Camp and Blues Kids of America, author of “I Was There When The Blues Was Red Hot” and founding Blues Ensemble director at Columbia College Chicago. 

He is at the vanguard of Blues pedagogy and andragogy, globally. Fernando Jones has influenced the next generation of Blues players through his self-titled internationally branded Blues Camp.Through this course he is inviting you into his learning lab, while explaining and demonstrating tips, exercises, song structure and techniques using understandable language and terminology.


Module Outlines 

1. Introduction

2. Fundamentals of Playing by Ear

3. The Art of Performing Live

4. Songwriting

5. Studio Recording

6. Band Leading

7. Career Readiness

8. Mentorship

9. Blues Camp 


10. Home Movies

11. BluesLoops Instructional Bass and Guitar Lessons

12. Midnight Music Mix Series

13. FJ's Gear (Show and Tell)

14. Jam with Jones

15, Oh Yeah