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"Good improvisation communicates harmonic progression melodically. Effective melodies manipulate harmonic content through the use of guide tones and preparatory gravity notes, masterfully woven in systematic tension, release, and transparent harmonic definition."

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April 21, 2006 | More Blues

Are you stuck in Three-chord Blues? There's certainly a great legacy of music in the I7, IV7, V7 approach to playing 12 bar blues, but if you're craving something a little more complex harmonically, how about some advanced vocabulary, and a little more complex alternative?

We have some graduate level coursework in our site section Blues 501.

Swing Blues (ala Jethro Burns), Bebop Blues, some Charlie Parker "Bird Blues," we even experiment with some minor blues. When you get these patterns down, check out the "Turnarounds" section toward the end to take the static last two bars of the pattern and give it some new life.

Turnarounds are something you can apply to other sections of music in your improvisation, so it's a good concept to be familiar with. We explore this in our last two MandolinSessions articles for Mel Bay, fodder for feeding new life into simpler folk music.

Reharm Part I

Reharm Part II

Read Blues 501

Posted by Ted at April 21, 2006 2:29 AM

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