Join Tricia Woods for an in-depth discussion in this video Blues tension, part of Beginning Blues Keyboard.
- Now there's a second type of harmonic tension…that happens in the blues, as well.…When we play the blues scale on a major blues,…we're really playing a minor scale…over a chord that contains a major third.…I'm going to play a voicing for G7 on my left hand,…and a lick from the G blues scale in my right hand.…Now in my left hand,…I can just play the third…and the seventh of the chord, B and F.…Those are the two tones that really define the chord.…
Here's B and F.…I'm actually going to invert these two notes…making it F and B,…because that puts the voicing right in the range…where I want to play it.…Okay here we go.…Listen for the tension.…That's the sound of blues harmony.…(playing blues on piano)…You can get a feel for this sound a little bit more…by playing some dominant chords in your left hand.…
In a moment we're going to play along with our base player.…We'll let him take care of playing the root of each chord,…and we'll play the thirds and sevenths.…Let's do this in the key of G.…In your left hand you'll play F and B for the one chord.…
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- 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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