I’m here to upload my monthly AVOYP. I almost missed this month as I didn’t have a proper song to play, but I committed to myself to upload a video every single month, to keep the momentum and have a nice chronology of my guitar journey .
So, this time I’m not playing any known song, but I’m playing a Quick Change 12 Bars Blues in E as backing track and then improvising a bit over it with the 1st position of the minor pentatonic.
For now, my improvisation is just playing around with random notes in the pentatonic scale, so I hope to make sense of this with some music theory in the early future.
Oh, And I started a couple of days ago to learn vibrato properly, so it is a bit of that too .
Thank you in advance to all of you that take the time to see me playing. It really helps that the community kind of makes us accountable for our purposes.
Nice! Sounded good to my ears. Thanks for keeping it short and sweet and focused on good rhythm and a few tasty lead lines. More is not always better. In the heat of the moment (I’m as guilty as anyone) it’s easy to over play and not provide space and a melody. You did good!
Great start into blues improv Edgar. Your ‘feel’ for it sounds pretty good, and you’re leaving a bit of space in the phrasing which is good also.
Staying in one position to start with is a wise move, and aligns with Justin’s sage advice of milking that one position as much as possible. Eg. Learning licks, mapping the chord tones etc
Nicely done, Edgar, you are on your way down the blues road. Lots to like, as highlighted by Clint and Shane. You also targeted the chord tones well, that is ending up a phrase on a note from the chord being played. Look forward to more of these from you.
Sounded good to me too Edgar. I liked how you borrowed one of Justin’s caps for this one. You looked the part and played the part. Your quick change blues and phrasing was really good. Very well done mate. Look forward to hearing some more from you.
For a bunch of random notes, to quote you, it came out very nicely Edgar. A nice step into the world of impro and a good base to start from. The more you do this, the more phrases you’ll discover, what works and what doesn’t work. Throw in the odd lick you know and away you go. Looking forward to more of your Blues Journey.
Nothing shabby about that at all, you gave it room to breathe and put down some decent phrases, only 2 things missing (that I always point out!) bends and vibrato; need to be on your must do list for the blues.
I was eager to learn more positions, but I saw that I can explore a lot with the first one transposing. So it was about time to try the improv recording and let the rest of positions for later when I can actually make music with this one
Blues has been a great discovery for me with Justin. Is really empowering being able to play around with some music theory and create something. Besides the expressivity you can get with the blues is excellent. Is not a surprise that blues is a big influence on so many rock and metal bands.
Thank you guys! Really appreciate your support
Blues has been deceivingly hard for me. It seemed I had just to learn some chords and progressions… but getting comfortable enough to give it some feeling is really hard. So good luck in your journey and stay motivated .
Thank you, James! I thought maybe Justin’s ability could be in those caps and wearing one will skyrocket my technique, but no, It didn’t
Thank you for your support,Toby
This has been superfun and I’m enjoying improvising in Module 13. As you say, I’ll keep practicing and discovering new licks . Sure you’ll see more blues from me
Thanks for watching Darrell!
Yeah, You’re totally right that it feels like something is missing without those. But don’t worry that vibrato practice is in my current practice routine, and coming up next… bending!
Some may say a big influence on western music in the 20th century, period. I heard it describe as the coming together of the prevailing classically influenced music and the more free form west African music that birthed the blues. And much evolved from there.