If you are serious about playing Blues and want to be prepared for a Blues jam night then you need to know about the 8-bar Blues chord progressions.
There are more variations in the 8-bar than the 12-bar Blues, although both progressions both mainly use chords 1, 4 & 5. So you need to know the particular songs that follow the 8-bar format.
Popular songs that use the 8-bar progression are ‘Worried Life Blues’ and ‘Key To The Highway.’
Find out all you need to know in my latest Youtube lesson.
This week's free PDF contains the important 8-bar chord sequences that you need to know and also recommendations for songs to listen to. You can pick up the PDF using the link under the video.
Hope this is helpful for you if you are learning Blues progressions.
I'm guessing you have seen Duck Dunn's awesome rendition of 'Sweet Home Chicago' in the Blues Brothers film.
This is the scene where Jake and Elwood escape from the police and the song goes on for a good seven or eight minutes!
Duck Dunn is playing all over the fretboard but still manages to hold down the bottom end and stay locked in with the shuffle groove.
I have made a Youtube video where I pull apart some of Duck Dunn's bass line and extract the riffs and techniques that you can use in your own Blues bass lines.
I have resisted a simple 'teach yourself to play Sweet Home Chicago lesson' as there are loads of those already on YouTube. But I try to distill the essence of Duck's bass line and give you something tangible to take away.
If you are wanting to get ideas to help make your shuffle Blues bass lines more interesting then check out the video.
You can also transfer some of the walking lines to your jazz bass lines too.
A collection of Ska/Reggae/Dub Bass playing guides.
Kicking off with the excellent Reggae Bass hub channel [email protected] that you should all subscribe to.
(I hope none of the owners of these videos mind them being posted here - I assume it's okay as it's promoting your content but give a shout if not).
20 Reggae Basslines Medley:
Creating Reggae Basslines Studio One style:
20 Studio One Reggae Basslines you should know:
Play Reggae Bass like Flabba Holt:
How to play Reggae Bass like Robbie Shakespeare:
How to play Reggae Bass like Aston Familyman Barrett:
I have made a video lesson to help anyone wanting to learn 7th arpeggios.
Arpeggios provide you with chord tones which are the essential 'building blocks' for bass lines. The notes of the arpeggio are chord tones. It is that simple!
This lesson will give you five positions in which to play the maj7 arpeggio, getting you to play in different areas of the neck. You can apply these five positions to other types of arpeggios too and use them to start on any root note.
The possibilities are endless and this is just what you need if you want to play exciting bass lines and get into playing walking bass.