Archive for June, 2014


Blues Scale Practice

Friday, June 20th, 2014

I’ve been dreadful about updating this lately. In my defense, I did have a rather massive computer crash requiring me to replace my hard drive and then restore the system from a Time Machine backup. Thankfully, it all went right back into place. It was actually kind of amazing how well it worked. I had to do it twice but it eventually all got sorted out. On the plus side, my computer is faster than ever, and I treated myself to 8 additional gigs of RAM. I figured that I would have the back open anyway, might as well do a little upgrade.

Anyway, I haven’t released any videos in at least two weeks, and I kicked today off by recording a blues scale based lesson. Someone requested it, and I had done no other video even remotely similar, so I jumped right on it.

I must admit, it was a lot of fun to play through the exercises and scales. I hadn’t given this scale much thought for several years and it was fun to revisit it.

I have to say though, for those really wanting to get into blues, consider this only a beginning. It might really be more like a prerequisite before the real study begins. The blues is one of those art forms that is so initially satisfying that it can be mistaken for simple. Nothing could be further from the truth. Regional differences abound; in the scales that are used, the chord progressions, and the ways that the two meet. Like so much music, it’s wise to do a lot of listening to the artists that inspire you. Dissect what they’re doing, learn their riffs, transcribe the chord progressions, and then decide what you’re going to keep and what you want to change. Just my two cents there.

Here’s the video, suitable for warming up or working your blues chops. Thanks for watching!

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