A big shoutout to everyone who participated in our Blues Club #6 with Justin.
This space is created for you to chat, ask questions about the class topics, and connect with fellow guitar enthusiasts. Here are some Q&A questions brought up during the session - feel free to share your thoughts and help each other out!
1. Navigating the Fretboard with the Blue Note:
- Realizing that the “blue note” is found all over the neck, would there be an advantage to stay in one position, or would moving to another part of the fretboard give a different flavor?
2. Blending Scales for Expressive Solos:
- Can you mention about combining notes from different scales, e.g., minor pentatonic and a major scale? How to approach this?
3. Constructing a Blues Solo:
- I know the minor pentatonic in a few positions, and I also know a few licks, but I’m not sure how to construct a solo from start to end. How do players imply chords and structure a solo within the context of the 12-bar blues?
4. Maximizing Pentatonic Positions:
- In minor pentatonic with the 7th of the chord, plus the blue note and combining major pentatonic notes, all the frets of a specific pentatonic position are usable. Any tricks to achieve the best sound using all of this?
5. Blues Classics and Specific Use of Blues Notes:
- Are there any blues classics where the guitarist uses the blues notes specifically?
6. Utilizing Passing Notes in Chord Changes:
- Can you demonstrate some other passing notes and when to use them, for example, when there is a chord change?
7. Licks and Blue Note Resources:
- Is there a good list or resource for licks fitting specifically to I, IV, or V chords when incorporating the blue note?
8. Dynamic Use of Blue Note with Chord Changes:
- What happens with the blue note when the chord changes, for instance, do you have to move it to be the #4/b5 over the VI chord?
9. Blue Note and Specific Chord Combinations:
- Does the “Blue Note” work well with specific chords (e.g., over a Ninth versus a Major or Seventh)? Or is it more about adding “flavor” to the lick?
10. Incorporating Blues Techniques into Rock and Metal:
- Do you have any advice for players who mostly want to play genres like rock and metal rather than blues per se, in terms of how to best incorporate blues vocabulary and technique?
11. Equivalent Rock Note and Blues Forms Beyond I, IV, and V:
- Is there an equivalent “Rock note” (a la Slash) that can be used to add to rock playing? Also, any insights into more complex blues forms beyond I, IV, and V, like dominant 7 versus minor blues?
12. Strategic Use of the Blue Note:
- I use the blue note very sparingly mostly as a passing note. Is there anything special that is good to know, i.e., where not to use the blue note?
13. Organizing Licks and Practice:
- Have you found it helpful for students to write down all the licks they are working on, similar to having a personal chord book for chords, or is it best just to memorize and internalize them?
14. Combining Chords and Licks:
- Tips on combining chords and licks?
15. Augmented Triads in Blues Turnarounds:
- Do you have any thoughts on the place for augmented triads, particularly in blues turnarounds?
16. Integrating Licks for a Continuous Melody:
- Once you have learned the licks for 1 or more patterns, I am having trouble tying them together and integrating my own notes in order to obtain a flowing continuous melody.
Feel free to dive in & share your thoughts.