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New Blues Licks

Friday, September 26th, 2014

I’ve been pretty negligent with the blog lately, being a bit more focused on the singing lesson videos on YouTube and staying on schedule. No excuse though for slacking off!

This singing lesson is part vocalization part ear training. Blues licks in contemporary music are all over the place; it’s easy to hear that sultry minor tonality popping up in the riffs of stars like Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake. The noteworthy (pun intended) aspect to this, however, is that the melodies of the songs that they are singing are largely based in very standard major or minor scales. The blues riffs are small departures from the tonality of the key that they are in in order to add color and inflection to the melody, enhancing the listeners ability to remember it as well as adding some of their own style to it.

So in this singing lesson that I posted yesterday, I have two different riffs that are based in a major tonality, but then include some aspects of the blues scale to color it. The riffs themselves aren’t terribly technical or fancy, they’re meant to get your ear oriented to how this type of color change sounds and feels when you sing it. Once you get your ear around it, adding this sort of character to your own melodies can be easier and more effective. Thanks as always for watching! If anything needs clarification, feel free to get in touch. If you find this video helpful, give it a ‘like’ to let me know, and I’ll do more videos in this series. Here it is:

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