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Sessions - All Blues Styles
Lesson 8 - Blues in C
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
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
Lyle: Simple enough for these 3
chords!Lyle: Here's another rhythm riff for this jam.
The funky rhythm riff you hear all the way through is just this little riff
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:
Lyle: It does have a funky rhythm to
It may look strange in the TAB, but the first accent is an up stroke right
before each new measure starts. ^ v ^ v.
clean funk rhythm riff
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.
Lyle: Now try this way of playing the 7th chords
with the jam track.
arpeggio rhythm riff
Lyle: Good ear!
There, I just showed you three ways to play rhythm against this 12 bar blues in
C. You probably can make up other ways
Lyle: Now, on to soloing against this blues
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:
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
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.
How's that working for you, getting bluesy out there?
Sounds great to me
PaulB: I'm on a metal distortion effect, rockin'
Back in Slow Blues in C - Lesson 6 there is a solo that can fit against this jam
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
You can also use the matching dominant scale for each
Use the C Mixolydian against the C chord, then change to F Mixolydian against
the F chord:
Move the F mixolydian up two frets to get the G mixolydian. Use the G Mixolydian
against the G chord:
Practice playing up and down the scale patterns and changing for each
Lyle: Here's a video
can almost hear you jammin from here!
BigTX: Any suggestions on effects
Lyle: If you want to get your first effects pedal
start with the wha wha / Cry Baby
Lyle: Time to take a break. Thanks for coming and
good to see you all again at the next jam!
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