Join Tricia Woods for an in-depth discussion in this video Blues fills, part of Beginning Blues Keyboard.
- When you listen to a great instrumentalist or singer…you hear a lot of space between their musical statements.…Musical soloing is like speaking.…You have to pause as part of your way of communicating.…If you didn't ever pause when you spoke,…people would have to work really hard to understand you…and they would tune out.…Listen to some great players and you'll see what I mean.…You'll notice a bunch of space between what they play.…Now in the background you might hear someone else…in the band filling up that space.…That's okay, as long as what they're playing…punctuates and enhances what the soloist is doing.…
Let us give you an example.…We'll play with the band and I'm going to be the guitar player…and the piano player.…When I play down here, this is representing…what the guitar would play.…And when I play up here,…I'm the piano player playing behind him.…One, two, three, four.…(blues music)…That was a type of comping where you get to use…all of your favorite blues sounds:…trills, clusters, your favorite flat five licks.…
Note: This course was created and produced by Alfred Music. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Labeling the chord and triads
- Triad inversions
- The blues scale and the major pentatonic scale
- Playing off the dominant chord and dominant bass line
- Dominant chord inversions
- Playing off the triad
- Blues fills
- Endings and introductions
- Boogie-woogie bass lines
- Cycle of 5ths and the 6th chord
Skill Level Beginner
1. Blues Harmony
2. Blues Melodies
3. Dominant Chords
5. Turnarounds, Endings, and Introductions
Boogie-woogie bass lines4m 12s
7. Advanced Harmony: Slow Blues
Next steps1m 40s
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