Blues Dynamics

by Piotr Kaczor

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  • Hi all!

    Today's lesson is devoted to dynamics in blues.
    As you know the blues music is full of emotions and we have many ways to express them.
    We can apply vibrato, bends, slides and many other articulation techniques, but we can't forget about dynamics.

    "In music, dynamics normally refers to the volume of a sound or note, but can also refer to every aspect of the execution of a given piece, either stylistic (staccato, legato etc.) or functional (velocity). The term is also applied to the written or printed musical notation used to indicate dynamics. Dynamics are relative and do not indicate specific volume levels." - Wikipedia

    The easiest way to build your dynamics skills is working on picking technique to gain greater control over dynamics — essentially to develop “touch”. So play a simple pattern — and do it hard, then do it softly, lightly touching the surface of the strings. Next work on playing different sections of that pattern loudly and softly. So you can change the volume level, but note that you are able to control your tone. What a powerful weapon in our hands!

    * Vibrato
    * Bends
    * Slides
    * Dynamics

    Standard tuning: E, A, D, G, B, E

    Key: C

    Time signature: I part 4/4, II part 6/8, III part 12/8

    Chord progression: C, F, C, G7, F, C, G9

    Custom Stratocaster - guitars
    Pod Xt live - amp modelling
    Kontakt4 - hammond organ, bass
    Battery3 - percussion
    Samplitude - DAW
    Waveterminal 192m - audio interface

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    Enjoy! /Piotr


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