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Baby Jazz Blues Part 1

Rick Kelly (2659) · [archive]
Style: Jazz · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2

Please check out my "Bone Head Blues" lessons for more blues phrasing ideas.

Updated with Groove closer to chords as actually delivered by keyboard player.

I'm a blues player at heart. One of my goals in life is to find a way to play blues over any changes thrown at me. Sometimes I'm more successful than others, and sometimes my attempt annoys other musicians, especially keyboard players for some reason.

Often I'm presented with a chart written by a keyboard player who really doesn't care how difficult it is for a bonehead, blues-playin' guitarist like me to read.

On page two of this lesson, you will find a groove chart for one such tune I've been playing with the band for about 3 years now. When it was first given to me, my first response was something like "what the heck are all them numbers for?". This chart is actually a bit easier to read than the one I was given due to the chord selection by the WholeNote Groove Builder. It won't let you pick some of the more convoluted chord names I've seen.

So, have a go at it, and next lesson I'll share some of my ideas on how to simplify the chords, and then what to play over it when the keyboard player points at you and says "take one".

Peace Hope Love and Joy -Rick