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Lesson Subject: Jimmy Page Blues Rock
What you learn: Zeppelin Blues Licks
Teacher: Michael Johnson

Michael: Hello class, our lesson tonight continues the series on early Jimmy Page blues style. In this lesson we'll continue with blues based riffs that you can convert into rock 'n" roll licks, this is very important to understand. The first part of this lesson will cover blues and then we'll convert the same licks into rock. Check out the lesson sample:

Lesson Sample

Michael: First let's dive into the blues basics for these riffs, we'll use the key of A. Here's a common blues riff.

Part 1 - Lick 1

Michael: Notice this lick uses a common blues pattern, but with notes played on the A string, here's a jam track you can play over.

Looping Jam Track 1

Michael: The extra notes give the pattern a very cool groove, now this can apply to a blues I, IV, V progression. Does anybody know what the I, IV, V notes are for A?

rockman: A D E?

Michael: A ,D E is correct rockman, this applies to open notes as well

Michael: This tab should help illustrate how the I, IV, V positions work, OK, here's the last lick in the I, IV, V.

Michael: See how it follows the progression? This is an important concept to understand, here's a jam track to play over:

Looping Jam Track 2

Michael: Do you see where Jimmy Page got some of his influences? These are all standard blues so far, but you can rock it out, which we'll do soon. OK, let's move on, our next licks will use a common blues chord pattern.

A Blues Chord Pattern

Michael: Let's try this within the progression you learned. For this lick we'll use the same pattern only playing it descending

Part 2 - Lick 1

Michael: You'll like playing this over the next jam track:

Looping Jam Track 3

Michael: Everything that is rock comes from this stuff.

ECid: So true...I think every great guitar player eventually finds himself going back to the blues

Michael: OK, let's take a rock 'n' roll approach.

rockman: I must admit.. I've been playin' for years but never really 'found' the blues...but there is a lot of cool sounding stuff to it :)

Michael: sure, you can discover all kinds of things from these basics, that's the point of this class and especially understanding how Jimmy Page plays.

Part 3 - Lick 1

Michael: Here's a jam track:

Looping Jam Track 4

Michael: You can jam the A Major Pentatonic and A Minor Pentatonic over this jam track.

Michael: I just gave you the scale you can jam over the jam track. Each of the patterns I sent create a unique sounding solo. Page jumps back and forth between these patterns.

doug: Hey teach would it sound good using all the modes of a pent

Michael: Yes Doug it would! OK, now let's combine Part 1 and Part 2 of this lesson to really spice things up.

Part 3 - Lick 2

Michael: Now the really cool thing about this series of licks, is the high chords kick off into the next chord change of the I, IV V progression.

rockman: Now I can see where he got "rock 'n' roll" from...

Michael: Here's a jam track to try the changes:

Looping Jam Track 5

Michael: Basic blues concepts! A lot of people would never guess, once you get the transitions down, try playing the scale patterns I sent earlier. Rockman, I learned rock first and discovered ALL of the blues roots later myself, I think understanding the basics of each style of music will open a ton of doors musically for each of you. I started with rock, then classical and jazz in school, blues, folk, heavy metal, then back to blues, well time for me to go, see you at the next lesson!

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