Playing the blues is a great way to lose the blues, and jamming with other people is one of the most fun things to do in life! Using blues classics like Stormy Monday, The Thrill is Gone, Keys To the Highway, Big Boss Man, Come Back Bay and Every Day I Have the Blues as examples, Fred teaches all the skills and info you need to jam with other blues players. This lesson covers accompaniment techniques for many different rhythm grooves (shuffle beat, straight 8ths, straight 4 and rock and funk beats) and soloing strategies (key-of-E licks, four moveable blues boxes and some chord-based licks). You'll also learn intros, turnarounds, the twelve-bar and eight-bar blues forms and more.
Fred has been jamming with other players and leading jam classes most of his life, and his practical tips are sure to give you all the tools you need to get out there and play the blues with other people. Along the way, you'll learn some blues history and hear stories about some of the great players. Plus, all the scales, blues boxes, licks, chord shapes and tunes in this lesson are written out in tab and music in an accompanying book in the form of a PDF file.
Titles include: Baby What Do You Want Me To Do, All The Love I Miss Loving, Stormy Monday, Big Boss Man, How Long Blues, Hesitation Blues, Stagerlee, As The Years Go Passing By, Corrine Corrina and Every Day I Have the Blues
88 minutes - Level 2/3 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: As soon as I saw the title, I had to get it onto my DVD player, so great was my interest, but alas I didn't have time as I was off to a week-long Music Workshop in Yorkshire and couldn't take the time to listen, so I took the DVD with me together with my laptop and all the best intentions. Thwarted however because 1. 1 couldn't get the disc player to behave and 2. I was so involved in what was such a fantastic week, I didn't get another chance until tonight and couldn't get my laptop to recognize the stand-alone DVD player. So, I had to trot down to Argos to buy a new Blu Ray player. I duly raced back home and set it all up, only to find that you don't get the necessary HDMI cable with the player, so had to race back to Currys to buy one. At this point I realized that this isn't about me but about another fantastic release from the Guitar Workshop and upon sitting down to watch, it was immediately apparent that this DVD should be on the Christmas wish list for any budding Blues guitarist out there. Fred covers just about anything that you might want to know, and the included backing tracks will keep you busy for months. Yes of course there will be stuff on there that you already know, but if you don't learn something from this that you can put to good use, I would suggest that you take up drumming! – Dave Stone/Blues Matters