Re: [Harp-L] Anatomy of blues jam
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- Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Anatomy of blues jam
- From: Elizabeth Hess <TrackHarpL@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 12:55:19 -0400
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This was a fine article. I confess I couldn't relate to the "shapes"
of the guitar chords, particularly, but I printed them out, took them
over to the piano and played them. I recognized two (I think), and
was unsure of the other two.
It's not uncommon at the blues jams where I play for someone to call a
song and say to the band, "Key of A. It's like 'Kansas City'," get
more or less of an acknowledgement from the other band members, then
give the count and start in.
Here's the link to just the guitar chords part:
So. Figure 1 is a 12-bar blues with a "quick IV", and no turn-around
shown. (Neophytes, feel free to call me out on this if I'm not being
basic enough for YOU.)
Figure 2 is like "Key to the Highway," maybe? Someone help me out,
I think that Figure 3 is or is like "Stormy Monday". Clarification
from someone who actually knows?
Figure 4 is a mystery to me. Can anyone relate it to a song that is
relatively well known?
I am very slowly expanding my aural repertoire of chord sequences. If
I hear one more than a couple of times, I start to think, "Oh, yeah,
*that* sequence. Hmm." Maybe I'll ask the bass player or guitar
player after the set what it was, and maybe I'll remember it long
enough to sort it out at home. And if not, there's always next time.
It's a leisurely process. AND I'm always grateful for a leg up!
Elizabeth (aka "Tin Lizzie")
On Aug 25, 2011, at 10:41 AM, Phil wrote:
Date: August 25, 2011 2:46:16 AM EDT
Subject: [Harp-L] Anatomy of blues jam
Here is a link to an article in Premier Guitar Magazine's article
"Anatomy of a Blues Jam" which may offer a few tips about how they
work from the perspective of guitar players. As I recall, they are
the guys running most of the blues jams, so it might be helpful to
get inside their heads.
Also, on one of the pages, there are a series of guitar chord boxes.
Check out the names of the chords in the progressions: for a few
tips on which way some tunes may go.
Also, for the more adventuresome, check out the shapes in the guitar
boxes for some clues about what chords the guitar player is playing.
Not all guitarists will use these chords -- but some of them may pop
up and if you recognize them, you'll know which chord he is playing.
hope this helps
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