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Keep It Groovy: Blues Endings, Part 1
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Blues Endings, Part 1

Ryan Madora kicks off a new two-part “Keep It Groovy” lesson series today, focusing on a handful of common blues endings to help you tie up the loose ends and land on the one with the rest of the band.

Keep It Groovy: Learn How To Play An Albert Collins Funky Blues
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Learn How To Play An Albert Collins Funky Blues

In this new “Keep It Groovy” lesson, Ryan Madora takes a look at a fast, funky blues with the Albert Collins tune, “Honey, Hush.” It’s a fun groove to add to your arsenal for any time you’re called upon to play a fast, funky blues.

Keep It Groovy: Play The Blues Classic, “Got My Mojo Working”
Keep It Groovy

Keep It Groovy: Play The Blues Classic, “Got My Mojo Working”

Today we feature another blues bass lesson with the classic Muddy Waters tune, “Got My Mojo Working.” We’ll follow a classic 12-bar blues progression and use a quintessential descending line for the turnaround at the end of the progression. This is definitely a must-know tune if you want to get into the blues.

The Brown’stone: Playing The Blues Using Ghost Notes
The Brown’stone

The Brown’stone: Playing The Blues Using Ghost Notes

This week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, Rich Brown is taking the ghost notes concept he talked about in a previous lesson, applying it to The Blues.

Advanced Bass: Stitt & Trane Blues
Advanced Bass

Advanced Bass: Stitt & Trane Blues

The Blues is one of the major building blocks for jazz and improvised music, making it a logical starting point for applying your improvisational concepts. The problem exists when people learn some concepts and then attempt to jam along with no specific goals in mind. This is a big mistake! In this lesson, we’ll cover just one of the stepping...

Getting “Unstuck” from the Blues Scale
Ask Damian Erskine

Getting “Unstuck” from the Blues Scale

Q: How do I get myself unstuck from using the blues scale? Whenever I solo in fingerstyle or slap, I can’t help but to be stuck on the blues scale. I want to move on from it. Also, when I’m doing slap, I stick to octaves, but I want to be able to do different intervals and move around a...

Walking Bass Lesson: 12 Bar Blues
Bass Lessons

Walking Bass Lesson: 12 Bar Blues

When you’re presented with a 12-bar blues, you have different options for how to create a walking bass line. In this lesson, we’ll cover those options. The song example I’m using is “Gotta Mind to Travel” by Coco Montoya, if you want to check that out.

The Blues: It’s Not “Just a Blues”
I Wish I Knew That

The Blues: It’s Not “Just a Blues”

Believe it or not, I’m a huge fan of the blues. This particular genre caught my attention at a young age and it has taken years (and, I expect, will require many more) to appreciate some of its subtleties. If you’ve had an opportunity to check out my series on blues bass playing, then this column acts as a quintessential...

12-Bar Blues: The Complete Guide for Bass
Sheet Music & Instruction

12-Bar Blues: The Complete Guide for Bass

Hal Leonard’s Inside the Blues series released earlier this year has an edition focused solely on bass, penned by Dave Rubin. 12-Bar Blues: The Complete Guide for Bass is a book/CD combo offering up a well-rounded approach to learning – or improving – playing various forms of the blues. Rubin starts off with the basics, including tuning and breaking down...

Blues Endings: Tips for Avoiding the Train Wreck
Blues Bass

Blues Endings: Tips for Avoiding the Train Wreck

Early on in my musical career, a wise man once told me that the mark of a good band is one that starts together and ends together. This doesn’t mean that whatever is played in the middle doesn’t matter, but it alludes to the importance of how well-rehearsed the players are or how well they feel each other out if...

Let’s Talk About the Blues Scale
Blues Bass

Let’s Talk About the Blues Scale

The Blues Scale. Why do so many players talk about this as the quintessential soloing tool? Have you ever wondered why the blues scale doesn’t always sound good while being played over a blues progression? Aren’t you looking for something more “realistic” in terms of an approach for soloing? Although this column is starting to sound like an infomercial proposing...

More Blues Feels! Rumbas, Funky Blues, and Rock-n-Roll
Blues Bass

More Blues Feels! Rumbas, Funky Blues, and Rock-n-Roll

Here are three more feels to have at your fingertips whenever you’re stepping into a blues gig or jamming situation. As I’ve mentioned in previous “feels” columns, bandleaders enjoy putting their own spin on certain tunes and will often deviate from the recorded version of the song by changing the feel. It’s also nice to break up the monotony of...