ACOUSTIC GUITAR 012: Acoustic Blues - Harmonies & Riffs

Acoustic Guitar 012: 

Acoustic Blues - Harmonies and Riffs...

Playing Acoustic Blues ideas offers the guitarist much more than what strumming an eight or twelve bar blues progression (with a few dominant 7th chord patterns) can provide. 

Many guitar players get stuck performing the same chord types or the same boogie ideas when it comes to blues. The harmonies and riffs of Acoustic Blues will take guitar players into many new and unique directions... 

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This lesson sets several Acoustic Blues concepts into motion. We will introduce new ways of performing Blues changes in non-traditional formats. And, we'll learn how to add originality into Acoustic Blues progressions with different applications of the "I-IV-V" Blues harmony. 

Plus, there will be several riff examples that demonstrate different variations of performing Acoustic Blues ideas for this styles chord changes and for the turnarounds that are used throughout the style...

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In example one, we study how to play through a series of chord changes in a non-traditional way compared to a typical "I-IV-V" Blues progression. This riff introduces several unique directions over the changes of a key of "E" Blues. The goal is to gain an understanding of how Acoustic Blues riffs can take on different directions in harmony.

Example two demonstrates how the ideas used in Acoustic Blues can be strong enough to support performances by soloists, or can be used as Acoustic Blues instrumentals.
The key of "A Blues" progression in example two covers several passing chord ideas along with filler runs to support an evolving harmony. The chord changes, arpeggiated lines and filler licks all work together to create original harmonies that are strong enough to be played on their own. The phrases can also be used to support vocal parts sung by a single vocalist playing solo guitar.

PART TWO:  The exercises in example three take a key of "E Blues" progression and explore the way that an Acoustic Blues player would approach playing over the "I and IV" chord changes. Ideas are explained that relate to the rhythm structures, techniques and phrasing. Example 3a covers a single measure breakdown for the tonic chord, (E7). Example 3b demonstrates how a near duplicate of the initial line can be stretched out to cover two measures over the four-chord (A7).

Example four focuses on the Acoustic Blues turnaround concept with a phrase that develops the sound of the Blues "V-IV-I" turnaround progression. The example uses a key of "F Blues" turnaround phrase that maps out an arpeggiated finger-picked idea over the keys "C7" (V7), and "Bb7" (IV7), chords.

The Acoustic Blues study in example four stresses the value that comes from learning how to not only outline Acoustic Blues chord changes, but also embellishing how the chords switch from one harmony to the next

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