Basic 12 Bar Blues Tutorial

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The 12 bar blues is the most common blues chord progression. In it’s most basic form, it contains just the I, the IV and the V chords of the given key.


The Jazz Blues Progression

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Now that you have an understanding of basic blues form, it’s time to create the more interesting and sophisticated jazz blues progression.


Chord Tone Soloing Tutorial

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Chord tone soloing is the process of creating improvised lines predominantly or exclusively with the primary tones of the chord which are 1, 3, 5 & 7.

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Swing 8th Notes Tutorial

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In this lesson we will take our study of chord tone soloing a step further by incorporating triplets and swing 8th notes into our improvised lines.

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Approach Pattern Enclosures

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Now we are going to combine out knowledge of chord tone soloing with chromatic approach patterns, enclosures and non-diatonic passing tones.

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Passing Tones Tutorial

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Now you have an understanding of a basic improvised line, we will now take it a step further with non diatonic passing tones and chromaticism.

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Blues Scale Improv Tutorial

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With your knowledge of chord tone soloing, the blues scale is now just another dimension that you can add to your solo, instead of the whole solo!

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Blues Licks Tutorial

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Let’s use the notes of the minor blues scale, the major blues scale and the extended blues scale to create different types of blues licks of riffs.

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Straight No Chaser Tutorial

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“Straight no Chaser” is most often played in the key of F. Its very closely related to the standard jazz blues so learn that progression first.

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Major Blues Scale: “Georgia”

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Using the tune “Georgia” – we will also explore the concept of the major blues scale and how to apply this to major 251 progressions.

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Georgia On My Mind Part 2

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In this tutorial we create a solo arrangement for “Georgia On My Mind” applying the major blues scale with some soulful licks and riffs.

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Cry Me A River Tutorial

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Most often played as a ballad, this is a great tune to incorporate bluesy licks and riffs. It’s written in the key of Eb Major and has an AABA form.

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Cry Me A River Part 2

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We start this lesson by applying a stride style in the left hand with some bluesy licks and riffs in the right hand. We then move into the final A section of the tune.

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