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Jam Sessions - All Blues Styles

Lesson 8 - Blues in C

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Lyle: This blues jam is in a modern blues style. It stills follows the same 12 bar blues progression. You'll be jamming in C. Here's the chord chart and your jam track:

chord chart

Jam Track - Blues in C

Lyle: You'll learn several ways to play rhythm to this blues jam. First, here's the power chords used for the main rhythm riff:



Lyle: Simple enough for these 3 chords!

Lyle: For a tight and powerful sounding rhythm, select the bridge pickup and high gain on the amp. Turn the bass up, mids down, and treble up on the amp tone controls. Don't use effects like reverb or delay. Here's the full rhythm riff using the power chords:

crunch rhythm

crunch rhythm

BigTX: sounds like funk!

Lyle: It does have a funky rhythm to it.

Lyle: It may look strange in the TAB, but the first accent is an up stroke right before each new measure starts. ^ v ^ v.

Lyle: Here's another rhythm riff for this jam. The funky rhythm riff you hear all the way through is just this little riff repeating itself:

clean funk rhythm riff

clean funk rhythm

Lyle: For this funky blues rhythm riff, use a clean amp setting and a single coil pickup either bridge or middle or both.

Lyle: Now you have two different rhythm riffs you can play as you jam along to the looping jam track.

Lyle: I'll show you another rhythm riff using Dominant 7 chords.

dominant chords

dominant chords

Lyle: Now try this way of playing the 7th chords with the jam track.

arpeggio rhythm riff

arpeggio rhythm riff

troy: Sounds CCR-ish.

Lyle: Good ear!

troy: :-)

Lyle: There, I just showed you three ways to play rhythm against this 12 bar blues in C. You probably can make up other ways too.

Lyle: Now, on to soloing against this blues jam.

Lyle: Since the progression is in C major and C dominant 7, a good choice of scales to use when improvising is the C Mjaor Pentatonic. Here's a simple and cool pattern for it:

C Major Pentatonic

Lyle: Playback the TAB so it displays on the virtual neck. It's a good idea to visualize the pattern.

Lyle: Notice this is not a minor jam, but a jam built from plain major chords. I like to use the major pentatonic scale to solo with over most of it, then switch to the minor pentatonic during the "4" chord, in this case, the F chord. Try learning this pattern for the C Minor Pentatonic:

C Minor Pentatonic

Lyle: Here's a solo example of all this. You'll be using those two different pentatonic patterns. The Major pentatonic during the C and G chords, the Minor Pentatonic during the F chord.



Lyle: How's that working for you, getting bluesy out there?

Tall: Sounds great to me

PaulB: I'm on a metal distortion effect, rockin' out

Lyle: Back in Slow Blues in C - Lesson 6 there is a solo that can fit against this jam track.

Lyle: You can steal the licks from that solo and put them in this one. Here's a video example of me playing the solo from Lesson 6 against this jam track:

solo 2 sample

Lyle: You can also use the matching dominant scale for each chord:

C Mixolydian

Lyle: Use the C Mixolydian against the C chord, then change to F Mixolydian against the F chord:

F Mixolydian

Lyle: Move the F mixolydian up two frets to get the G mixolydian. Use the G Mixolydian against the G chord:

G Mixolydian

Lyle: Practice playing up and down the scale patterns and changing for each chord.

Lyle: Here's a video example:

Mixolydian example

Lyle: I can almost hear you jammin from here!

BigTX: Any suggestions on effects pedals?

Lyle: If you want to get your first effects pedal start with the wha wha / Cry Baby pedal.

Lyle: Time to take a break. Thanks for coming and good to see you all again at the next jam!

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