Session #3 – Free Jam
This afternoons session was a free jam session playing over over the Texas rock style blues track, employing the techniques and soloing concepts learnt in this morning technique expander and style focus session.
The class also played through a BB King style slow blues track in B minor; think ‘The Thrill Is Gone’. This slow blues style used an altered 12-bar sequence (see below) from the standard (I, IV, V) progression.
BB King Style Blues
The class learnt how to play in a Texas rock style blues in the second morning session. The blues track in A was reminiscent of ZZ Top or Joe Satriani’s ‘Big Bad Moon‘ and followed the standard 12-bar structure (A, D, E).
Texas Rock Blues Style
Session #1 – Technique Expander
Our first session this morning was focused on warm up exercises, both physical and technical. The class were introduced to the ideas and concepts that can revolutionalise a guitar player’s playing with some very basic rules:
- Thumb in centre of neck
- Arch fingers
- Use finger tips
- Alternate picking (down/up & up/down)
- Playing with a metronome/drum track