It is common knowledge amongst musicians that blues music originated in the Southern U.S. and was traditionally played on acoustic instruments. There was, however, a paradigm shift when musicians started adding electric instruments into the mix. In the cities, players started using electric guitars played through amplifiers.
In his course, Urban Blues Revolution, Robben Ford overviews this transition to modernity through soloing and rhythm examples.
Here are 5 urban blues guitar lessons from the course. For the full course, check out Robben Ford’s Urban Blues Revolution on TrueFire!
Sam’s Jam: Rhythm Overview
In these lessons, I’m going to play rhythm over a track called “Sam’s Jam.” This is a surf beat, which is a different kind of feel in the blues.
Sam’s Jam: Rhythm Performance
Here, I’ll demonstrate some rhythm approaches to the track.
Sam’s Jam: Rhythm Breakdown
Now, let’s take a look at my approach to the rhythm part for “Sam’s Jam”, breaking down all the rhythm techniques I played.
Sam’s Jam: Soloing Overview
Now that we’ve looked at some rhythm ideas for “Sam’s Jam”, now I’m going to improvise over this 12-bar progression.
Sam’s Jam: Soloing Performance
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