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1 - 4 - 5 Playing Blues With Intervals

Matthieu Brandt (892) · [archive]
Style: Blues · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4

Intervals in Blues

Making your presence clear without being in everybody's face all the time, that's what playing backup is all about. Using two notes (of a chord or scale) is a good way to do this. The next examples are cliche accompaniments in the swing blues style. You can combine them with chords, basslines and fills. Experiment with different rhythms, too!

To play these riffs, you first need to know where the tonic is. Find the tonic and you'll know where to start the riff. Sometimes the riff starts on the tonic, no problemo. In other cases, you need to "calculate" the starting point of the riff: one fret back, one string down or two frets up, same string. Find out what works for you.

For more examples goto my free website onSwing and Jump Blues Guitar:
Blues Guitar Lessons

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Ex. 1, Ex. 2, Ex. 3.


These examples use different intervals taken from the blues scale (first position) and mix them up with intervals taken from the mixolydian scale. Move them up 5 frets and 7 frets to get the corresponding IV and V chord riffs.