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The Birth of the Blues (Part 2) - A Blues Lesson for Beginners.

Guitar Lesson by Kirk Lorange

The Birth of The Blues (Part 1) - The Lesson explained.

Here is part 2 of the last lesson I posted. A member asked how to extend part 1 other than playing it twice so I figured a second part would be a good next lesson.

You'll notice right off the bat that part two 'feels' different. The reason for that is that I injected a bit of a bounce into it ... instead of a very straight 'four on the floor' vibe, it swings a bit, which is more in keeping with this kind of music anyway.

The movie starts with me playing the last bit of part 1, but I don't stop. Instead of the last chord I play in part 1, I play an ascending bass line that leads to a IV chord, where you see the 'C' appear in the movie. The vast majority of tunes go to the IV chord when they move to the next section (usually the chorus) so why re-invent the wheel? I used a lot of the same chords and phrasing as part 1, and composed my way back to a V chord (D7) because, as you should know by now, V chords lead the ear back to the I chord, which is the first chord of part 1. The chords are basically the same batch as part 1, but in a new sequence.

Playing wise: the only little speed bump may be the first C#° (the little ° means 'diminished) where you need to move the note on the B string down a semitone while holding the bass note underneath. It's a bit unnatural, but you just need to tell your fingers to do it until they obey. If you think they won't, don't worry, they will. It may take a lot longer than you think or want, but they do eventually obey. Throughout the whole thing you need to be aware of those bass notes ringing as long as they can. Often, you'll need to get the melody note finger moving to the next note while the bass note finger stays put, letting its note ring on. These are all things that become second nature later on ... you just need to make a conscious effort at this stage. Just don't get discouraged if it takes a while, the rewards are worth all the hard work.

You may see me holding down what looks like a lot more than what you're hearing or seeing in the tab. That's because I am. More often than not, the bass note/melody note combination I'm using is part of a chord shape, so I am in fact holding the whole chord shape and just picking out the notes I need for this particular tune. Why? Force of habit, more than anything, but also because if I hit a wrong string by mistake, I won't be hitting a sour note, it will be a harmony note; also, when you hold the whole chord down, you won't be hearing any ugly harmonics ringing off open strings, harmonics that would be sour because the open string isn't part of the chord. If you're wondering what harmonics are in this context, try putting your (acoustic) guitar next to your loud speakers then turn on some music nice and loud, then turn the sound right off quickly. You're bound to hear at least one of the strings on your guitar ringing away like mad. That's what I try to avoid (on a much quieter scale) by holding down full chord shapes even if I'm not playing full chords. So, don't let the hands in the video confuse the issue.

So, you can now start off with part 1, the play part 2, then back to part 1 again as per the movie ... part 1 starts where you see 'verse' appear in the movie. When you do get back to the repeat of part 1, try the bounce feel I use in this version. They're all the same notes as before, just phrased slightly differently. Have fun!

Guitar Lesson by Kirk Lorange

Kirk LorangeAs well as putting together these free guitar lessons, I am also the author of PlaneTalk - The Truly Totally Different Guitar Instruction Package, which teaches a mindset, a way of thinking about music and a way of tracking it all on the guitar fretboard. Yes, there IS a constant down there in the maze of strings and fret wire, a landmark that points to everything at all times. I call it The Easiest Yet Most Powerful Guitar Lesson You Will Ever Learn and many testimonials at my site will back up that rather superlative description. If your goal as a guitar player is to be able to truly PLAY the guitar, not just learn by rote; to be able to invent on the fly, not memorize every note; to be able to see the WHOLE fretboard as friendly, familiar territory, not just the first 5 frets and to do it all without thinking about all those scales and modes, then you should read more here.

The Birth of The Blues (Part 2) - TAB, Notation and the GuitarPro file.


TAB | Notation | GuitarPro File