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Blues Legends III|
|What you learn:
Blind Lemon Jefferson Style|
|Teacher: Michael Johnson|
Michael: Hello class, this interactive
lesson continues our series on acoustic delta
blues legends, featuring the
style of Blind Lemon Jefferson. Blind Lemon made an impact on many
blues players of that time and shared the radio with the likes of Robert Johnson,
Lonnie Johnson and others. The delta blues players influenced many electric
plays and rock players. Delta blues can have a folk sound as
well. Here's a sample of the guitar licks you'll learn:
Michael: Here's the progression we'll base the
guitar licks on:
Lesson 1 - Rhythm 1
Lesson 1 - Rhythm
Lesson 1 - Rhythm 1 - picking
Looping Jam Track
Teacher: This is based on the
key of B. In this example we're using the B5 with either fingerpicking or you
can even use your pick, unlike most blues progressions. This version will use
one chord and then you will play various licks and return to this chord and
picking pattern. Here's the B major pentatonic scale pattern with a b3 added,
you can call this a Major Blues:
Teacher: Let's start with a
few intro licks:
Lesson 2 - Intro 1
Michael: Here's one you can try using a turnaround lick type intro this lick descends
down in 3rds while you pick the notes and jumps to the B scale pattern. There is
a nice ascending pattern where you use your 1st and 3rd fingers, then jumping to
the 1st and 4th fingers. Here's another intro version you can
Lesson 2 - Intro 2
Michael: This intro lick uses a portion of the first one, but this time you hang on the B
note. Playing with your 1st and 4th fingers work nicely in this lick and scale
pattern. OK, now we'll work on playing various licks and jumping back into the
rhythm pattern you played earlier.
Lesson 3 - Lick 1
Michael: This lick uses a cool pattern towards the beginning and jumps through the scale
pattern and back into the B5 rhythm pattern. Notice the 3rd intervals in the
middle of the lick. You also basically play the beginning lick and jump to the
lower octave. Here's our next lick:
Lesson 3 - Lick 2
Michael: This lick has a very cool chromatic feel to it, notice the hammer-on after you
descend each chromatic phrase.
Rhinosaur: Do you alternate pick with fingers at
Michael: I'm fingerpicking
for this lesson. Most of the old delta
blues players usually used fingerpicking. Basically you're playing the same lick but
moving down an octave until you jump back to the rhythm, this allows them to use
the thumb as well to play alternating bass lines during the rhythms and play
open notes while playing guitar licks. Here's or next guitar
Lesson 3 - Lick 3
Michael: This guitar lick starts with playing intervals descending using 6th notes.
in the lick it jumps to the run we played earlier and then back to the B5
pattern, you can use a pick if you want.
JohnPaul: Yea, just got to slow it down a
Try to memorize the patterns/licks...
this way you can focus on your fretboard. Here's our next
Lesson 3 - Lick 4
Michael: This lick combines using 3rd intervals, then moving to 6th intervals and back to
the rhythm pattern. You can piece any of these lick phrases together. Here's the
last guitar lick:
Lesson 3 - Lick 5
Michael: In this lick you play variations of the licks you learned earlier.
Well its time to go! See you
all next lesson, bye!
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