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Blues tunes are an important part of the jazz repertoire: remember, jazz has its roots in blues! This video course covers everything you need to get started or gain a fresh perspective on playing and improvising on cool blues jazz songs.
The lead sheets for three different blues heads are included, complete with accurate chords and TAB. As always, you'll get three awesome arrangements: a chord melody, a comping study, and a single-note soloing.
Get a complete arrangement for solo guitar for this tune! Every chord melody in our Standards series is written with interesting themes and vocabulary in mind. Learn the arrangement, then arrange your own chord melodies on different tunes using similar techniques!
Because blues heads are so short, we have three different chord melodies for you - one for each blues head we're tackling! The first is centred around arranging the horn punches found in the tune "Butch and Butch" for guitar. After that, we have a super-bluesy chord melody on the slinky Clifford Brown tune, "Sandu". Finally, we have a great arrangement on Wes Montgomery's "D Natural Blues" which is demonstrated with Wes' signature thumb-only picking style!
You'll also get a comping (short for "accompaniment") study based off the chord progression for this tune. Each comping study centers around a specific theme, technique, or piece of comping vocabulary. Explore every possibility, and then take them into your own playing on other tunes!
The comping study for this Blues Special approaches comping for blues tunes in three different ways - one for each chorus! The first involves strumming in a piano-stride or Travis-picking style; the second is a stop-time style comping approach influenced by Oscar Peterson's "Bag's Groove"; and the third approach is a very idiomatic four-on-the-floor strumming style.
Want a real example of how to solo on this standard? We have a fully-transcribed single-note solo arrangement for each Standard tune centred on expanding upon a piece of jazz vocabulary or a transcription from a real jazz legend. Play the solo in full, then steal your favourite lines and assimilate them into your own improv vocabulary!
Our blues single-note solo combines two of the songs we worked on in the chord melody: an excerpt transcription of the trumpet solo on "Sandu"; and a similar transcription for Wes' "D Natural Blues"!
Our Standards courses come jam-packed with material designed to help you learn tunes and their intricacies. All of the above comes with:
And remember: sheet music PDFs, XML files, and backing track audio files are downloadable for you to keep forever.
Whether you've been playing the blues for years and want to kick things into the next gear or if you're just starting to learn this ubiquitous song form, this course is the perfect place to practice!
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