Take a minute to think about your favorite jazz-influenced blues
In his Diminished Blues edition of Take 5, Jeff McErlain shows you how to employ the diminished scale, and an intuitive set of fingerings to help you get an initial grasp on performing it.
Here are three video blues
Guitar Lesson – Take 5: Diminished Blues – Level 3: Overview
In this example, we’re going to check out using the diminished seventh scale once again in a blues on bar four. This is similar to Robben Ford’s version of “Talk To Your Daughter”.
We’re going to employ the same idea as the previous example, but now using 16th notes for a bit more excitement.
Guitar Lesson – Take 5: Diminished Blues – Level 3: Performance
Wanna make stuff sound hipper? Don’t start on a down beat. This is good advice across the board in any style of playIng. In this particular example, I’m starting on the second 16th note beat one. This will add a nice forward motion to the line adding a little bit more tension making the resolution on the downbeat of a bar five all that much sweeter. It takes some practice, but it’s not that difficult once you start to hear the syncopation of that rhythm. We count 16th notes as: 1-e-and-a, 2-e-and-a, 3-e-and-a, 4-e-and-a. So, all we’re doing is dropping the 1 in this case. It’s often easier said than done, but that’s how it lays out. Once you see and feel it, is becomes much easier.
Guitar Lesson – Take 5: Diminished Blues – Level 3: Breakdown
It has been one of the greatest honors and privileges in my life to be in Robben’s band and record with him!
Digging these free video blues