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Jam Sessions - All
Lesson 1 - Blues Shuffle in
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
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.
Jam Track - Blues Shuffle in Cm
The chords used for the rhythm groove are simple 3 string
Lyle: The circled notes are the root notes of
each chord. Here's how they lay out over the jam track:
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:
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
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
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
Here's a solo using notes from the C minor pentatonic
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
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
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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