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Jam Sessions - All Blues Styles

Lesson 1 - Blues Shuffle in Cm

Lyle: Are you tuned up and ready to jam!? Listen to the Lesson Sample to hear what you'll be learning in this lesson.

Lesson Sample

Lyle: Here's the jam track and it's 12 bar chord progression. This is a typical minor 1 - 4 - 5 progression. You can call the Cm as the I chord, Fm as the IV, and Gm as the V chord in Cm. In theory, the Cm is the relative minor in the key signature of Eb major, the Fm chord is the ii chord in Eb, and Gm is the iii chord in Eb.

chord chart

Jam Track - Blues Shuffle in Cm

Lyle: The chords used for the rhythm groove are simple 3 string chords:



robt: minor triads?

Lyle: Yes.

Lyle: The circled notes are the root notes of each chord. Here's how they lay out over the jam track:

rhythm riff

rhythm riff

Lyle: This rhythm has a quick mute to it. You'll use the heal of your picking hand to mute the strings after each chord. Here's a close-up video of this technique:

muting close-up

Lyle: As far as your tone settings for this rhythm riff, don't use very much distortion because that will muddy up the sound. Try using the bridge pickup, a very slight overdrive setting on your amp, and a little reverb.

Lyle: Practice the rhythm riff along to the looping jam track. Try to make your rhythm sound like it's covering mine, so you don't hear my part.

Lyle: Since the chords are all minor and the jam track has a blues rock groove, the scale of choice for serious blues riffs would be the C minor pentatonic. Here's 3 good patterns to learn:

C min pentatonic

Lyle: The C Aeolian minor, also called the natural, pure, or relative minor is a great choice in this situation because it will give you a couple extra notes which add to the overall melodic flow. Learn these 2 different patterns:

C Aeolian minor

Lyle: Here's a solo using notes from the C minor pentatonic scale:

solo 1

solo 1

Lyle: You don't have to use a massive overdrive to play a solo. Try learning the solo above with a clean tone and notice you can still make it sound cool.

Lyle: Here's an example of this. I made another solo with a clean tone. Again, the C minor pentatonic is your scale of choice for the down home Blues style riffs. Listen to this TAB example:

solo 2

Lyle: Dig through these two solo examples and "steal" any of the Blues riffs that catch your ear. Try using them in your own improved solos with this jam track or any other minor jams.

Lyle: That's all for this lesson in Cm. See you at the next jam!

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