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It’seasy­tounder­es­ti­mateth­e­blues.Forthe unini­ti­ated,it’sjust­the­same­fivenote­sandthe samethree­chords,butwhenit’sdoner­ight,the re­sultscanbe­mag­i­cal.Al­bertCollinsonce stated“sim­ple­mu­si­cis­the­hard­est­mu­sicto play,and­blue­sis­sim­ple­mu­sic.”And­he­was right.WhenaplayerofBBKing’smag­ni­tude takestothestageth­eau­di­ence­canequal­lyfeel hi­s­pain,or­be­touched­by­hisob­vi­ousjoy. Thep­er­fect­bal­an­cein­his­play­ing­be­tween beau­ti­ful­con­so­nance­and­bru­tald­is­so­nance– all­com­plete­ly­with­in­his­con­trol,with­dy­namic mas­teryrang­ingfro­mawhis­per­toaroar–has cap­ti­vat­ed­mu­si­clovers­for­gen­er­a­tions.

Along­with­elder­states­menofthe­genre suchasKin­gandthee­qual­ly­tal­ent­edBuddy

Kei­thRichards

It’ssafe­tostatethatthis­powerofthe­blues shows­nosig­nofdi­min­ish­ing.

The­fo­cu­so­fourat­ten­tion­hereis­di­vided in­tothree­main­head­ings:Rhyth­mS­tud­ies, Lead­S­tud­iesan­daCom­pletePiecethat com­bi­ne­se­le­mentsof­t­hetwo.Withi­nour rhythm­primer­we­cover­topic­ssuchas se­lect­ing­be­twee­nour­po­ten­tial7th­chords an­dex­ten­sions,em­u­lat­in­gleft-hand­pi­ano riffs,ex­ploit­ingth­eCAGEDsys­tem­i­naminor blue­sand­de­vel­op­ing­con­trolof­both­swing and­straightrhythm­feels.Inalead-gui­tar con­text,we­shall­be­ex­ploringour­var­i­ous scalarandPen­ta­ton­i­cop­tion­sagain­sta Dom­i­nan­t7thtonal­ity,along­witha com­pre­hen­sivelookat­bend­ing,rhyth­mic place­men­tand­melod­icphras­ing.

When­put­to­gether,the­seele­ments­form the­ba­siso­fa­su­perb­blueswork­out,whether forthat‘nextbig­gig’oras­the­ba­s­is­fory­our on­go­ing­bluesvo­cab­u­lary–plus,you­can re­turn­tothe­lesson­againanda­gain.

Bein­gaspon­ta­neous­mu­si­cianand­play­ing whaty­oufee­larepre­req­ui­sitesinastyleas emo­tive­an­de­ver-changin­gas­blues,witha

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