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Listening to some Ali Farka Toure in order to have something fresh in my head to comment. First, I'd say that the 12-bar progression we're all familiar with is absent, replaced with repeating measures that are more a part of funk, although the blues history videos seem to tie to John Lee Hooker. You don't get the familiar shuffle, either, and I'm actually ...


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I claim that it is the rhythms. One book that is aimed at drummers will give lots of examples that I think will help demonstrate the different beats is West African Rhythms for Drumset. One drummer (who does just heavy metal) claims the rhythms are too complicated for him. Another drummer (who does just jazz) claims that they're not all that hard, but are ...


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For every genre, the method is the same. You listen to a lot of the music, and you try to play along. You transcribe your favorite bits and figure out the structure, the chords and the scales. There are some genres where a lot of those bits are well-established. Blues, for example, is the 12-bar, the minor pentatonic, bending, etc. etc. and I don't know the ...



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