Sessions - All Blues Styles
Lesson 11 - Blues In C
Looks like it's time to jam! We're going to start off easy in this lesson.
Here's your jam track for this 1 - 4 - 5 blues progression in
Jam Track -
Blues in C
Lyle: Try using a single coil pickup on your
guitar and a clean tone for this rhythm riff. Add a little reverb for effect.
Here are the chord voicings I suggest you try:
Lyle: You can play the blues on an acoustic, but
bending strings can be tough!
Lyle: The C7 is easy to make, just 3 notes in the
middle of the neck. For this rhythm riff, you want to hit each chord once on
beat 2 of each measure and mute the chord right after you hit
Try playing this rhythm riff using these three chord
joanbaezfan4: Bar chords are hard for me to play.
ToneDeafVagrant: Joan, notice
where Lyle's thumb goes for the 9th chords, it gives you greater leverage on the
neck to push the strings down...TDV
joanbaezfan4: wow TDV that worked wonderfully,
Lyle: Ok, now jam! Try playing the rhythm riff
along to the looping jam track.
Lyle: The best choice of scales to use while
improvising over this jam would be the C minor pentatonic
Here's a big fat blues riff made from the notes in the C minor pentatonic
You can play this riff over and over again throughout the whole progression if
you wanted to. Here's a video example:
ToneDeafVagrant: Hey Lyle, is that a thumb I see in
there in the solo, when you hit the low C note on the fat E
Lyle: Yes, you can use your thumb to play the low
C note (8th fret - 6th string) instead of your index
the C7 a moveable chord, if I moved it up 2 frets would that make it a
Yes, 2 frets higher would make it a D7.
Radica: That also dictates to the 9th chords then?
Lyle: Radica, yes, 9th
chords are move-able too.
Lyle: Take this blues riff
that is now a repeating "theme" and add other little blues riffs in-between
Here's an example:
ZZ: sounds like Jimi to me
:)Lyle: The main repeating theme riff becomes
almost like the rhythm riff, then you can add little blues riffs
Yes, and a SRV style too.
Radica: I need more work on that nice vibrato of yours.
Are you using more of your wrist?
Lyle: Yes, this is mostly wrist vibrato. Here's a
video of different vibratos:
ToneDeafVagrant: It's almost like the two phrases talk
to each other.
Lyle: Well that's all for this lesson. Thanks
everyone, good jammin with ya! See you at the next