Final Jam TRACK 6
[General] For the final jam we have chosen a 12-bar blues in A as a familiar canvas to try out some of our fingerstyle lead ideas. The tone and dexterity of the fingers is great for elec tric blues playing - you might become addicted! [Bars 1 -14] There is a long two-bar count in to give you time to get ready for the start of the backing track. The key signature is 12/8, which means there are 12 quavers and these are grouped in four lots of three (3+3+3+3). This key signature often makes the notation look more complex than it is, so have a good listen to the demonstration solo before diving in.
The first chorus uses a mixture of BB King and Eric Clapton style phrases, all played with the fingers. We haven’t notated the exact fingers to use for the picking, as this solo was improvised and the main focus was on choosing the melody. So experiment and take note of the sound the various fingers make. [Bars 15 to end] In the second chorus the intensity builds, so really dig in with the fingers. Getting under the strings makes them ‘pop’ a little and this sounds particularly effective on the low strings. As ever, branch off and create your own solo once you have digested some of these licks and phrases.