Blues Phrasing: a two-part lesson
So maybe “blues phrasing” isn’t a fitting title but whatever, here’s a great two-part lesson that goes both the lead and the rhythm route! This first lesson will create a backing track around a 12-bar minor blues, intertwining a bassline with the chords. Part two will be a melody written around the chord tones from the progression. This is a great lesson for those of you who have looper pedals or a recording device–record the rhythm part and then solo on top of it with the lead!
Part 1: Creating a rhythm backing track
The idea of this is to keep both parts (the chords and bassline) clean and sounding separate–this can be tricky!
Part 2: Adding a melody on top!
Blues Phrasing in Am–pt 2 PDF
Here’s a simple Am melody that follows the chord progression from the above lesson. Take note of the exactly how things a written; hammer ons/pull offs etc are designed to mirror each other as ideas are repeated and embellished later in the melody. Everything should flow very nicely. Use this as an opportunity to fine tune your control over each and every note’s articulation!
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