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Blues And Rock Scale Options

Jay McConnell (2030) · [archive]
Style: Blues · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
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PAGE 20! Wow, there really is a lot more to the blues than having hard times and crying your heart out on your instrument.

Or is there?

Some people, myself included, see the blues as a pure expression of how life moves in cycles, from hardships to celebrations of coming out alright in the end. Let your pain and your joy shine all in the same moment.

Some things worth mentioning that are beyond the scope of this lesson and my composer/sequencer abilities are:BENDING - bend, bend , bend - the blues really likes to rub against the microtones (tones between tones) created when bending a note. Almost every note could be bent or released some way. Get nasty.CHORD TYPES - several substitute chords are available for every chord in the blues and should be investigated. I recently checked out a blues changes lesson by Robert Denman at WholeNote that had GREAT voicings for jazz blues. Get a chord anthology and start pluggin' em in.OTHER FORMS OF BLUES - there are other blues progressions: Minor Blues, Jazz Blues, 16 and 8-bar blues, All Blues (6/8), etc ,etc. There are plenty of great progressions that are not the blues, but have a bluesy quality.

I hope that this lesson has broadened your view of how the blues can sound in different contexts as well as given you a base of sounds to work from.

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NEXT PAGE - a bonus for all of you who made page 20: convert your Major 12-bar blues to a 12-bar Minor blues.....TASTY!