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Questions tagged [blues]

Blues is the name given to both a musical form and a music genre that originated in African-American communities of primarily the "Deep South" of the United States around the end of the 19th century from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads.

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How do you build a blues scale?

Hi I am doing grade 8 theory (Trinity). I need a quick and easy way to remember/ know of how to build blues scales. TIA
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Solo Scales to Blue Train (John Coltrane)

Blue Train (John Coltrane) is a blues in Eb. What are the best options for soloing to it (Trombone)? major pentatonic? It feels somehow strange... the F minor pentatonic seems to fit quite well also.
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How to identify the swing style from the staff?

I'm learning "Blues No. 1" from "The joy of Boogie and Blues". I found that all the demo in Youtube are played in swing rhythm (Boogie rhythm, shuffle rhythm ...), but it's obviously not shown in the ...
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Bass line for blues in B minor

What are the notes of a generic bass line for a blues in B minor? Should one just play the notes of a B minor chord?
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Can the blues scale be used over iim7 V7 Imaj7?

In typical blues using V7 IV7 I7 the blues scale can be used - and as I understand - without concern for avoid tones. Can I do something similar over jazz iim7 V7 Imaj7? I made this chart of chord ...
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How do accidental notes work in a blues song? [duplicate]

In the notes prior to the sheet music, it is said that an accidental note only lasts for one bar. Here in bar 3 an accidental note has been applied to the C in bar 3. In such a case why has the sharp ...
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Piano practice routine [closed]

I wonder what practice routine would be the best, if I want to be a good pianist. One that plays in a band for example. How much time each day is expected? Which books should be played?! Or what is ...
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Modes of scales other than C major

I was learning modes. But I'm confused now. My problem is that I don't know how to apply the modes in other scale. For example I know in c major, mixolydian is form g to g and all keys are flat. But ...
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Chords going well with pentatonic scale and blues scale?

Let's say I want to improvise (create a solo) on the pentatonic scale A C D E G: E||---------------------5-8-| B||-----------------5-8-----| G||-------------5-7---------| D||---------5-7-------------|...
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Ear training for 12 bar blues chord changes

I am relatively new to guitar, having started some three months ago, with daily practice of about two to three hours. Having advanced past the nitty-gritty of the early beginner stages (at least ...
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What base scale provides notes good to play over a blues rhythm with 7ths and or Minor chords? [duplicate]

Given that Minor Pentatonic or Blues scale is good to play over a simple I IV V blues rhythm track... ...How does this alter if the rhythm track is I7, IV7, V7 or with Minor versions of same? ...
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How should I approach 'Blues in all keys' by Jamey Aebersold on the piano?

I am a piano player, new to the world of jazz/blues and have just bought myself a copy of Jamey Aebersold's Blues in all keys and wanted some advice on how to practice using it, starting from simple ...
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How can I transcribe 'Fine and Mellow' by 'Jose James' on the piano?

I am trying to transcribe 'Fine and Mellow' by 'Jose James' and at 3:25 the piano plays a short solo. I am finding it difficult to transcribe this however as even slowing the song way down it still ...
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How can you recognize whether a song is blues or jazz?

Guys I'm in the midst of studying jazz. And I'm so confused whether jazz is the same as blues, especially the rhythm parts If blues is using shuffle, then jazz is using swing? Then why sometimes blues ...
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Guitar same fret different string

I know this has been asked before but not many answers so I'll bring it up again. When playing at a fast tempo and I have to switch between the 7th fret B string and the 7th fret G string, I'm not ...
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Confusion about blues scale and chords

I have no real knowledge about music theory, so my question may be nonsensical. Before my question I need to state an assumption which may be wrong and gets me confused: when playing a song in a ...
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What is it about the blues chord progression that makes the blues feel?

I was reading a book and I saw that in a common 12 bar blue chord progression which is I7 , I7 , I7 , I7 IV7 , IV7 , I7 , I7 V7 , IV7 , I7 , I7 You're allowed to change other chord except the 5th ...
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How did Blind Willie Johnson growl like that?

Example: I've never heard anything quite like that growl - closest thing I can think of is Tom Waits voice times a hundred, but Blind Willie Johnson seems to do it so ...
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Music Mode what mode is song in?

I have a Blues solo to analyse, the key is G major and it makes use of blue notes such as B flat and F natural, does anyone know what 'mode' the song is in
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Trying to figure out what sax, trumpet & french horn scales would be used to jam with a blues backing track in key of xx?

I will apologize in advance for my lack of music theory. I play guitar but self taught with no real theory. My son has been playing alto saxophone for about 6 months and has come along quite nice. ...
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How to finger-pick guitar boogie?

I'm trying to play the following (part of Guitar Boogie) without a pick. What's a reasonable way to pick with the right hand? So far I've only been using the thumb, but trying to speed up, I think it'...
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Are there “rules” for improvising with the minor pentatonic scale over 12-bar shuffle?

I'm learning Justin Guitar's beginner's course and just reached the blues improvisation lesson. I know the notes in the A minor pentatonic scale. To improvise with someone playing A minor 12-bar blues ...
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Which guitar/strings for slide blues (acoustic)?

What I need to know is not a brand name, but kind of guitar ? as I want to learn this magic style which is slide blues, using a bottleneck, I am wondering which kind of guitars, or which strings would ...
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What scales to play over A minor blues?

When I am playing an Am blues with a i-iv-V progression, at the time of the Dm7 chord, which note/scale should I use? On the Dm7 chord, can I change from the Am blues scale to a Dm scale? Or can I ...
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Improvising chords when playing blues

Can you tell me what kind of chords should I add that would make my blues playing much more colourful? For example, when playing in the key of G minor, I usually play G min11, A dim7 that adds some ...
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Why does this tune sound “Bluesy” and yet doesnt belong to the blues scale

Watch this video between 00:00 and 2:33. All the single notes he plays seems to belong to the blues scale. Yet, there are three notes he plays during those first 2 ...
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what kind of 12-bar is this?

I came out with a sort of 12-bar-loop, but it's not one "classical blues progressions", like these: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve-bar_blues#Variations Here's the harmonic pattern: 1 2 ...
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Slide Guitar - Pressing frets before the slide

I'm very new to slide guitar playing, so this might sound like a stupid question. But I'm trying to learn this "Georgia on my mind" cover on a slide guitar, and I ran into a doubt. Sometimes, like on ...
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How should I go about learning Jazz, Funk and Blues piano?

I am about to buy my first keyboard and I have a lot questions about how to get started. A lot of the tutorials seem like they are based in classical music and this isn't really my taste. Should I try ...
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Harmonica key advice sought

Could someone please clarify something for me... I'm a singer and far from being a harmonica player but I can bend a draw and find my way around. A song that my band wants to play has a little bit of ...
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Is it acceptable to duplicate notes between vocal and piano part? [closed]

When writing or arranging a song, is it acceptable to duplicate the notes between the vocal and the piano part, meaning that the top note of a chord in the piano part is the same note as the note that ...
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What is the “Devil's Note” and why is it called that? [duplicate]

I think it's something to do with the flatted 5th but I can't figure it out.
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Are these “standard” piano fingerings for the blues scale?

I came up with fingerings for the blues scale in both hands. All the scales use finger groupings of 4 + 2. The scales are grouped by tonics: white keys, black keys, and F L.H. and B R.H. I ...
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Making 12 bar blues more interesting

I'm trying to write a blues song for my GCSE composition. I'm trying to make it sound like Led Zeppelin crossed with Muddy Waters' Harmonica. At the moment the piece contains the following instruments:...
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How to notate an improvisation section around a theme?

I'm writing a blues song. There are a few 2-bar sections in the verse where there are no vocal parts and I want the piano to improvise around a specific notated part (it's kind of, but not exactly, an ...
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Is this an acceptable variation on the 12-bar blues?

I'm writing a song around the 12-bar blues format. However in my verse, I need the following chord progression for it to sound right: |I |IV7 I |I |I |IV7 |IV7 |I |...
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Need some help to solo over chords change

I'm coming here today, 'cause I need some help to improvise over a chords change that give me difficulties.. Here is the changes in question : | Gm6 | A7 D7 | Gm6 | Eb7 D7 | It's a blues / swing ...
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Is there a name for this type of blue-sy/90s pop transition on Piano

I absolutely love the blue-sy transition in this song (seconds 4-5). It's kind of like overshooting a note and coming back to it with some blues notes mixed in (bear with me, my technical knowledge ...
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Sound of different material - Resonator Guitar

Last week I researched a litle bit about Resonator Guitars. I see they use several different materials for the bodies: steel bell bronze brass and so on. What's the difference in properties of ...
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Is Gibson BB King Lucille Ebony any good for Jazz? [closed]

I know this question is quite vague since it is not the guitar that makes the musician but as a novice jazz guitar player (although quite advanced technically in other genres) I have been in the ...
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15/8 blues playing live?

I am writing a bluesy piece. I tried a 15/8 and it works great. It sounds interesting but i don't think the band will be able to play it in that time signature. I was wondering if there is a good ...
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Major Blues/Jazz improve over a I-III-VI-IV progression?

How can one improvise over a I-III-VI-IV progression (C - E - Am - F) on the piano. using the C major pentatonic/A minor pentatonic (with the occasional E flat) sounds too simple. What other ...
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Blues Scale: F Sharp or G Flat?

The definition for blues scale says the fifth pitch is diminished, but you can see almost everywhere that some sources says it is diminished 5th and augmented 4th. Are these "additional" scales ...
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12 bar blues, spread rhythm: alternative to 6th chord to avoid finger stretch

I'm learning blues guitar from a book, and after going through chord progressions (I-IV-V, etc.) and making me play the rhythm with the whole chord, the book introduces what it calls "spread rhythm" ...
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Guitar blues soloing- Minor/Major

I've been trying to get myself into blues improvisation. Main thing to hold on i found were the 5 boxes Main box with root on 1st (Minor box) Albert king box (Minor box) BB-king box (Major box) ...
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Music piece only in Blues scale & Static Harmony

I have been stuck in one of my music compostion. It hasn't been completed for a long time cause I can't realise what's gonna on in the harmony below. The song is based only on Blues scale, so my ...
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How To Solo in Em-Am-Bm Blues Progression?

I have been playing on E7-A7-B7 12 bars blues progression for a long time and I used Em blues Pentatonic Scale for soloing but which Pentatonic scale I must use when I am playing in Em-Am-Bm 12 bars ...
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What exactly does it mean to “play over the changes”

I've been watching a podcast lately which features a country guitarist and a blues guitarist discussing various aspects of guitar-craft. When comparing stylistic differences, the blues guitarist ...
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What guitar effects (pedals) are common for Blues and Jazz guitarists? [closed]

Nowadays, which effects (pedals) sound good to play Blues or Jazz on guitar? A friend told me that overdrive is used to transform the solo to a more aggressive sound. Chorus effects could help on ...
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Soloing on Scales

I've been playing guitar for about 5 years now. When I improvise solos, I tend to do it only in major and minor pentatonic scales. Therefore, my solos are quite restricted. Could someone enlighten me ...