Blues music, as a style, has paved the way for many great, iconic
Here are eight video blues
Guitar Lesson – Finding Lines in Chord Shapes: Demonstration
So, now I want to talk to you a little bit about how we can orient ourselves around the neck by playing in different chord shapes instead of staying in the minor pentatonic blues box.
Guitar Lesson – Finding Lines in Chord Shapes: Performance
Now, I’ll perform this at tempo so you can hear how these concepts are applied in context.
Guitar Lesson – Shortcut #1 : Demonstration
Shortcut #1 I call “implying the ‘Stormy Monday’ changes before the turnaround”. Now, if you don’t know how the changes go, we’ll go over them here. I should say that the original version of the song didn’t have these changes in it – Bobby Bland covered the song and put in the changes, and had a big hit with it. Then, the Allman Brothers covered it using these changes, and that’s probably why everyone knows them.
Guitar Lesson – C Major Blues Application: Performance
Now, we’ll take a look at some of our shortcuts over a performance study. This track is a major blues in the key of C, and a great canvas to hear these things in action. Let’s get to it!
Guitar Lesson – Slow Jazzy Bb Blues: Performance
Alright, now I’m going to play over a slow blues in Bb that has some more sophisticated “uptown” changes. It has a ii-V turnaround, going to the vi chord beforehand, and the second bar of the IV chord is diminished. So, the sophistication is already built into the track! Let’s see if I can make it even more sophisticated by employing a few of my shortcuts.
Guitar Lesson – Slow C Minor Blues: Overview
Our final track is a slow minor blues in the key of C. The I chord is Cmin, Fmin is the IV chord and the turnaround goes G7, Ab7 and back. I’ll definitely be incorporating some heavy dramatic bending, a lot of use of space and dynamics, and some unexpected notes that in the wrong hands could sound bad. But! I intend to make them sound right. Let’s see how that goes.
Guitar Lesson – Slow C Minor Blues: Performance
Now, I’ll perform this blues in full so you can get feel for how it can be executed using the concepts we’ve been discussing.
Guitar Lesson – Slow C Minor Blues: Breakdown
Finally, let’s break this down so can see how to apply these refined approaches more closely.
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