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BL-401 • The Blues Language
« on: February 02, 2016, 04:45:45 pm »
« Last Edit: October 24, 2021, 08:43:10 pm by close2u »
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Re: BL-401 • The Blues Language
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2016, 12:01:27 am »
not really a question..
About blues masters learning licks..
John Mayer (great guitar player in my book) talking about how he learns from bbking records every day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3k_i-Z7JezQ

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Re: BL-401 • The Blues Language
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2016, 07:18:54 pm »
Yes, question: How do you stop listening to this stuff?  ;)

But seriously, should we be paying attention to some of the other instruments too? It seems to me that they are "talking" as well. For example, harmonicas and pianos seem to be saying a lot of the same things as the guitar licks in some songs.

Here's a video I found of Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf guitarist). He did a lot of interviews but this one is mostly him just playing:




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Re: BL-401 • The Blues Language
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2016, 01:42:19 pm »
Justin, Will their be a couple lessons in Essential Blues about playing over the changes ?  More specifically, will there be some example licks in Mixolydian Mode that demonstrate how notes define the chord within which one is playing (perhaps also example licks in Dominant 7 Arpeggios).   Or ... perhaps "Playing over the Changes" is a mini-blues lead course that you could develop?  Having studied your lead courses and blues licks vigorously, this seems like it would be the next step for your devoted students :)
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Re: BL-401 • The Blues Language
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2016, 02:16:18 pm »
@brian,

Look up Jazz in up your blues, the arpeggiator, Justin has some lessons like that in other places.

I also believe he said somewhere there is a second blues lead module in the works.

I would think using the major pentatonic and mixing major and minor pentatonic would be a natural for using mixolydian (essentially the major pentatonic with the 4 and b7 added).

@pony,

Absolutely stealing whatever licks you can from whatever instrument is there is an awesome way to incense your vocabulary.

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Re: BL-401 • The Blues Language
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2016, 04:12:15 pm »
This is a general question regarding the new blues lead guitar I course:

I had a wonderful time throughout the beginner and intermediate course, which I just finished.
I bought the course books, because I love to use multiple learning channels.
I especially fancied the "practice schedules" justin created for each stage.
It helped me focus and it gave me a sense of accomplishment, when I checked the specific tasks.
Here is my question:

Is the blues lead I course to be treated like one of the stages in the beginner/intermediate courses ?
If so would it be right to view all of the lessons first and then create a practice schedule for the specific task teached in the lessons ?
Or would that be too much to digest and should much rather be split up in 2 or 3 parts ?
I have been looking all over the site, but I haven' t found any practice schedules for blues lead I.
Up until now I have come up with the following practice steps:

1. Scales (minor pent pos 1, maj pent pos 1 and 5, blues and hybrid) 5 minutes
2. String bending 5 minutes
3. Blues Bass line (maj 6th arpeggio) 5 minutes
4. 5 classic blues licks 5 minutes
5. Pivot Vibrato 5 minutes
6. Improvising over A minor blues backing tracks 5 minutes
7. Listening to BB King etc. 15-30 minutes

Any other things I should work in or should I stick at this until I feel real confident with these thing.

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Re: BL-401 • The Blues Language
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2016, 07:16:34 pm »
No. 1 needs modifying big time.

Scales.
Minor pentatonic only.
Position 1 only.
Play the scale through in its entirety with no mistakes round and round, up and down without stopping five or more times.
Repeat.
Do this to a metronome with slow increases in tempo.
Play the scale in 3rds, 4ths etc.
Build muscle memory of the scale.
Learn a lick.
Play it over a five minute backing track.
Make changes, variations, small modifications as comes naturally.
Repeat with further licks.
Once you gain in confidence improv over backing tracks.
 
Only when you have really wrung position 1 for it's worth should you move to position 2.

Etc etc
« Last Edit: November 01, 2016, 08:11:15 pm by close2u »

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Re: BL-401 • The Blues Language
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2016, 07:32:15 pm »
That looks like a good practice schedule, except just work on position 1, minor pentatonic, for now, with the blue note and Dorian notes if you are clear on why to include them. If not, don't. You could maybe add 'Rolling Technique' to the list.

If you have the time you could also concurrently do the Blues Rhythm course.

And after your 5 minutes, I'd improvise over a looper pedal or backing track for as long as you can, using your licks and scales in context. Have fun.
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Re: BL-401 • The Blues Language
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2016, 08:44:00 am »
Thank you for the help close2u and dr.winterbourne.
Great input. I will incorporate your suggestions.
However, I cannot find a rolling technique lesson in the blues courses.
Do you mean lesson TE-108 "Finger Rolling" ?
Or is there a specific blues rolling lesson ?

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Re: BL-401 • The Blues Language
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2016, 09:19:50 am »
Yeah, the rolling  is in the technique section. It will be invaluable for playing the scale ine scale in some of the ways Close suggested, and also in some licks.
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