What notes you play are only half the story. The other story is the rhythms.
One interesting and useful rhythm is to alternate eighth notes and eighth note rests.
It can spice up even the most stupidly simple riff, such as descending down the pentatonic scale.
Check it out!
If you need help counting this out – try it first on a single note.
Count: ONE – AND – TWO – AND- THREE- AND – FOUR – AND, and
just play notes on the ONE TWO THREE FOUR, leaving a rest
while you’re saying AND.
Here’s a few tips to spicing up a normal blues progression with some jazzy sophistication.
1. Instead of normal barre chords, use the “fat chord” jazz voicings. A7 – 5th fret on the low
E string, 5th fret on the D string, 6th fret on the G string, and D7 – 5th fret on the A string, 4th fret
on the D string, 5th fret on the G string.
2. You can use diminished chords as neat sounding passing chords. Specifically , you can
use the D#dim chord on bar 6 of a 12 bar blues (6th fret on the A string, 7th fret on the D string,
5th fret on the G string, 7th fret on the B string), or the A#dim on the second half of bar 8. This
is the same diminished shape moved up one fret.
(7th fret on the A string, 8th fret on the D string, 6th fret on the G string, 8th fret on the B string).
3. Instead of E7, D7, A7, E7 as a turnaround, try Bm7, E7, A7, E7.
Here’s a cool blues turnaround I came up with… It’s fun and not too hard to play. It’s in the key of D and fits exactly into 4 bars. It’s a “turnaround”, meaning its used on the last 4 bars of a 12 bar blues. Notice how the notes fit over the chords A G D A.
The challenge of this lesson is nailing the rhythm. There is a wide
variety of different note lengths used. In order of appearence , there are: dotted
eighth notes, sixteenth notess, dotted quarter note, eighth note triplets, half note, eighth note rest, eighth note,
quarter note, and a (tricky) eighth note triplet tied to an eighth note. Although this
last rhythmic division sounds exotic on paper, it actually has a classic feel to it.
First practice with a metronome. If you really want to see how
good your timing is, try recording yourself playing it without a metronome , then listen to yourself
while counting to see if you can nail it.
He decided nothing was going to stop him from being what he wanted to become.
I think that in order to do anything special, you have to have “vision”… At least
believe it might be *possible* in your mind… Get clear on the result you desire.
Then you can start working toward it. This guy Liu Wei, even though
he has no arms, can play the piano beautifully. If he can do that, you can
certainly learn any guitar style you want! So… what is your musical destiny?