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Scales and Arpeggios to Use in the Blues and How to Practice Them
How to add II-V-I’s to the the Blues
Minor Blues Basics: Pentatonic Scales, Chord Tones, Harmonic Minor, Diminished Arpeggios
Spice Up Your Chord Progressions With Secondary Dominants and II-V-I’s
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Blues Shuffle Solo

Here’s a solo over a simple 12 bar blues in the key of A. I’m using dominant 7th arpeggios to outline the sound of the different chords.

The tabs and notation are available on patreon.

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How to play over a VI-II-V-I chord progression in 3 levels

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In this lesson we look at the ‘VI-II-V-I’ chord progression and a few different approaches to soloing/improvising over these changes. This chord change is commonly found in jazz blues changes as well as tons of standards and r&b tunes.

This lesson covers: chord tone solos, arpeggio substitutions, and the altered scale.

The Gear: Josh Williams Mockingbird Guitar w/ Tone Specific Bloombuckers, Headstrong Amps Lil King S, Universal Audio Ox Box, Universal Audio Arrow

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Transcribing Licks And Making Them Your Own

The backing track for this lesson, along with the notation/tabs for the opening solo, are available on patreon.

Learning songs, melodies, and solos by ear is an essential part of learning the guitar. By analyzing these ideas we can break them down and find new ways to make them our own. Grant Green is one of my all-time favorite guitarist for his ability to blend together jazz vocabulary with a deep rooted blues feel. We’re going to look at three of his lines, analyze the harmony, and come up with new ways to use the concepts we learn.

This lesson examines the following concepts: Basic altered scale ideas, diminished 7th arpeggios, outlining II-V-I’s, and repeating ideas in minor thirds.

The Gear: Josh Williams Mockingbird Guitar, Headstrong Amps ‘Lil King S, Kingtone Duelist, Universal Audio Ox box and Arrow Interface.

Scales and Arpeggios to Use in the Blues and How to Practice Them

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Many of the notes used in the Blues fall within the major and minor pentatonic scales. As I demonstrate, we can make great sounding solos with that alone but, if we want to dive deeper into outlining each chord change, we need to know our arpeggios.

I’ll show you how to practice scales and arpeggios by grouping them together in 5 different positions.

Scales and arpeggios provide us with a blueprint for many of the notes we can use to be expressive over the Blues and, by mapping them out all over the fretboard, we can start to play with freedom!

Minor Blues Basics: Pentatonic Scales, Chord Tones, Harmonic Minor, Diminished Arpeggios

Tabs are FREE on patreon.

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In this lesson we’ll look at a basic minor blues progression and what you need to get started improvising and creating solos over this chord form.

We look at a very simple version of this progression with the chords: Amin7, Dmin7, and E7. I’ll take you through a few approaches I use to outline these chords, along with 4 solo examples that put these approaches into action.

In this lesson we examine: Minor pentatonic scale approaches to outlining tone with arpeggios, the harmonic minor scale and diminished 7th arpeggio substitutions.

The Gear: Xotic XTC guitar with Mojotone Quiet Coil pickups, Kingtone Duelist overdrive, Headstrong Amps Lil King S, UAD Ox Box.

Spice Up Your Chord Progressions With Secondary Dominants and II-V-I’s

The notation and tablature for the solo at the beginning, as well as all the tabs throughout the video and the the backing track are available on my Patreon page:

Knowing how chords function help with composing as well as improvising. In this lesson I’ll talk about some of the basic fundamentals of harmony, as well as some of the harmonic devices I use to spice ordinary chord progressions.

This lesson will cover: Basic diatonic harmony, secondary dominants, and II-V-I’s altered upper extensions.

I’ll demonstrate how we can take a simple chord progression (C-Amin-F-G) and, using different harmonic concepts, turn it into something more complex. I’ll also demonstrate my approach to soloing over the different iterations of the chord progression.

The Gear: Josh Williams Guitar Mockingbird w/ Tone Specific Bloombuckers, Kingstone Duelist Overdrive, Headstrong Amps ‘Lil King S, Universal Audio Ox Box, Universal Audio Arrow Interface, Apple Mac Mini w/ Universal Audio Luna.

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How To Use Diminished Scales In The Blues

The tabs and notation for this lesson, as well as the into solo are available on my Patreon.

In this lesson we’ll discuss the two diminished scales. The dominant or ‘half-whole’ diminished scale, and the tonic or ‘whole-half’ diminished scale. Both can be used to great effect in a 12 bar blues. We’ll look at how to use the Dominant Diminished Scale to go from the 1 chord to the 4 chord, and how to use the Tonic Diminished Scale to go from the 4 chord back to the 1 chord. To demonstrate these scales, we’re going to look at a couple phrases from Joe Pass’s solo on the song ‘Joe’s Blues’ off the Intercontinental album. We’ll go over the original phrases and then talk about how to move the phrases around the fretboard to get 4 different variations.

The Gear: Josh Williams Mockingbird w/ ToneSpecific Bloombuckers, Headstrong Amps ‘Lil King S, Universal Ox Box.

Shades Of The Blues

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Learn various styles including; slow blues shuffles, gospel inspired changes, funky New Orleans style grooves, jazz-blues tunes, latin flavored feels, sophisticated soul changes and lots more. 

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YouTube Lessons

Understanding harmony is an essential part of being a well rounded musician. Knowing how chords function will help you with composing as well as improvising.

Video lessons covering the basic fundamentals of harmony, as well as some of the harmonic devices used to spice up ordinary chord progressions. We also dive into basic diatonic harmony, secondary dominants, II-V-I’s altered upper extensions, diminished 7th arpeggios and much more.

You can watch the lessons here or on YouTube, to dig deeper join my Patreon for tabs, notations, backing tracks and discussion.

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