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Jimmy Page Blues Rock|
|What you learn:
Early Zeppelin Blues Licks|
|Teacher: Michael Johnson|
Michael: Our interactive lesson is on early blues
style of Jimmy Page Zeppelin ear. We'll cover the minor blues
progression, scale pattern and licks, notice in the lesson sample the MINOR
BLUES has a sadder sound to it, unlike most standard blues
Michael: For this lesson we'll use the key of A
howie: Your examples
of jimmy scale last lesson was very good, is this a different scale.
Michael: Howie yes, but we'll build on that.
Here's the scale pattern. This is the A Minor scale, A, B, C, D, E, F,
I'll show you how the minor pentatonic and minor blues relate, here's the
Michael: Notice in this tab I give you; 1. A
Minor, 2. A Minor Pentatonic, 3. Minor Blues. Notice how they all fit together.
you can switch between each scale pattern and change the sound of your
skaman: Cool, what's the difference between minor pentatonic and major
Ska, the major pentatonic scale is based on the MAJOR scale, just like the minor
pentatonic is to the minor scale. Here's a jam track you can play these scales and
Looping Jam Track 1
Michael: This is a
minor progression; A m, Dm7, Am, Em7, Dm7, Am7, Em7, knowing the scales is
very important. This will give you the framework for all the licks we are going
to cover. Here's the A minor rhythm pattern:
progressions are fun to play over. Once you know the scale it's a lot of
fun. See how the chords fit over the progression. You play the Am
barre and strum the higher strings then switch to the Dm7 and so forth. Notice
also how the notes also climb with the bass later in bar
8. Let's try some guitar licks... lick
1 starts in the A min pentatonic scale pattern and later moves to a higher
pentatonic box position.
Michael: Notice when you jump to the Dm7, the lick jumps to the minor notes more giving
the lick a sadder sound. The rest of the lick stays mostly in the A Minor Pentatonic and then later jumps to the higher A
Minor Pentatonic box position. All of
that line is in the box pattern of the A minor pentatonic scale. Notice how
you can jump around the scale variations I gave you earlier as the chords
howie: Mixing the two scales opens up all kinds of stuff
Yes it does Howie. OK, next lick... this next lick actually
jumps into different scale positions as you play the Dm and Em chords, I add an
arpeggio for each chord change.
Michael: See how bar 1 starts with an E min
arpeggio then a lick, then bar 3 plays the Dm arpeggio and then the
lick. The ending jumps into kind of a A major pentatonic scale, but uses
half bends which are in the minor scale. Lick 3 is basically the same concept as
lick 2, but uses a different variation on that theme:
Michael: Notice in bar 3 the progression returns to the Am (I) of the progression and
uses a cool blues run. The next lick uses the A minor pentatonic position
again, very classic Page sound:
Michael: See how this jumps to minor pentatonic box
Michael: See how the
positions fit. Here's the next lick:
Michael: You bend 1 1/2 steps in bar 1. This is a classic Page type bending
technique like we covered in earlier lessons. You have to grab the neck firmly
and try to over bend.
skaman: I like the ending
I hope you all enjoyed this lesson, see you next class!
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