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Jam Sessions - All
Lesson 2 - Blues in DLesson
Ready to jam?! In this lesson you'll learn a couple different rhythm riffs and 3
different solos made from 3 different scales. Here's your jam
Jam Track -
Blues in D
Hare's the chords used in this jam:
This is a classic progression used in the blues/rock style. Try this with either
super clean or slightly distorted tone, add chorus and a little bit of reverb.
Notice the Cadd9 and G chords both use the 3rd and 4th fingers, so does the
Dsus4 chord. Here's how I suggest playing the rhythm
Here's another way of playing the 3 basic chords. This is what I like to call
the "Hendrix rhythm style" type of riff. Your index finger is used to bar across
the 5th, 4th, and 3rd strings.
rhythm riff 2
Lyle: All three chords are related to each other.
They all happen to be in the key of G major. D is the V chord, C is the IV chord
and G is the I chord in G. Since the chord progression starts and ends on the D
chord, you should center your soloing around the D by using D pentatonic
Lyle: Since the D chord is NOT a minor chord, the
D major pentatonic would be my first choice of scales to
Here's a little solo I made from this
with major pentatonic
Your turn! Try playing the D major pentatonic scale and this solo example along
to the looping jam track.
PaulB: that's what I've been doing
I can hear ya!
Lyle: The major pentatonic against the major
chord gives you a strong sound. To get a blues-ier sound, try the minor
pentatonic against the major chord.
to play at that speed at the end
Lyle: Thought I'd give some of you a little
Support: You can use the "tempo" button to slow
it down and select smaller sections of the notation with the mouse to work
Good idea Support, thanks. You can 1) slow the TAB down, 2) slow the jam track
Lyle: Now listen to this solo. It is the same
thing only using the D minor pentatonic. Notice it has a raunchier, darker, and
bluesy tone to the over-all sound:
solo with minor pentatonic
solo with minor
So you can use both the major and minor pentatonic scales against this blues jam
D major and minor pentatonics
dh: The chord
arrangement is close to Bon Jovi "Wanted Dead or Alive"
There is another good scale you can use to jam with, the D mixolydian
The mixolydian mode is the dominant scale. It is the 5th mode of the G major
Lyle: It has 7 different tones in it, making it
more melodic sounding than the 5 tone pentatonic scales
Lyle: Here's an example:
solo with mixolydian
Try playing all 3 solo examples back to back along to the jam track. This will
help train your ear to recognize the tone difference between the three scales
Lyle: Here's a video
example with improv
dh: Is there a certain chord that makes it easier to
switch from the major to the minor pent?
Lyle: dh, the V / dominant chord like the way it
was used in this jam:
Lyle: D is the V chord, C is the IV chord and G
is the I chord in G.
Lyle: So when you have the chance to play a jam
against the V chord like this, both major and minor pentatonics can work well
with each other.
Lyle: Good question dh.
Let's take a break for now.
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