If you liked the previous page then you'll love this one. It's a very similar passage, but this one contains more bells and whistles. As a matter of fact, you would be hard pressed to find a way to shine this one up any more. I'll leave you with one more idea. It might be the most important concept in the whole lesson. Pentatonic scales are fun. They're the building blocks of blues and rock & roll. You will use them often and they will be an important element in your playing. As long as you infuse them with heart and soul you will touch those who listen... Now give this next lick a try and enjoy yourself. Hail, Hail Rock & Roll.
This is a sixteen bar blues pattern based on twelve bar blues. The point is to keep repeating the whole thing with new and more interesting licks until your tired of it. I find I can jam on it for a long while, looking for interesting tones and ways to stump my thumb (that is - get so tricky with your licks that the thumb just can't keep going). Sometimes in the "sloppy" style of the Delta-Blues players I can pull out of a train wreck with some quick thinking, sometimes I crash and burn and have to stop and laugh! The most difficult part I find is usually to be able to fret the B in the bass without loosing track of where my melody was wanting to go. It requires an ability to look ahead - you have to be in either the seventh or first position to get that low B. You can also do dead thumb blues in A, in which you'll have the root, fourth, and fifth available on open strings, but you have less strings available to improvise on.
Good luck and send me a message if you have any questions or comments.
I really, really love this tune. The original key of this piece is pretty much D, but I've put it in E to take advantage of open strings and standard tuning. I've seen arrangements with a drop D tuning, so please feel free to play around with the fingerings and tuning if you feel adventurous.
Here is the intro and perhaps the most memorable part. Play it slow and with feeling. The second page contains the "bridge" for lack of a better word, and we bring it back home in page 3.
As good tunes go, they don't come much simpler than this.
I thought it would be neat to sequence some accompianment ideas for a tune off my favorite Rolling Stones
album, "Black and Blue"
called, "Memory Motel). Here is the intro:
This makes for great material if you know how the chords relate to each other.
Pick two chords (triads) a whole or half step apart.
Alternate between the two triads.
This exercise uses C and D triads, nice and simple.
Thanks for checkin' it out. RATE!
This exercise in a common pentatonic scale form in C# minor. Always use a metronome and make sure you can play the exercise clean and mistake free. Limit your wrist movement so the pick doesnt move to far away from the string your picking, added movement means speed loss. When you can play it clean, increase the tempo to crazy heights! seq|1_14|1_12|2_14|2_12|3_13|3_11|4_14|4_11|5_14|5_11|6_14|6_12|pentatonic scale|seq
First note D, Second note F... Dm/F Penatonic Scale... Key of Dm/F.
Here's the scale in action as a mellow solo groove.