Melodic Bluesy Phrasing

by Chris Harrington

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  • HEY GMC!

    I'm back with a new lesson with some bluesy ideas you can apply in lots of 'not so bluesy' situations. This lesson is built around looking at how we can use ionian/lydian & Mixolydian scales to give bluesy phrasing without the need for it to be in a blues tune.

    The basic idea is to look at the 2nd and 6th degree of the scale(s). Luckily for us all 3 scales contain the same 2nd and 6th so this works universally. In short we want to use the semi tone found above the 2nd and the 6th to use in our phrasing, try to think about these notes as 'passing' notes or grace notes as if you sit of the notes for too long you'll notice a lot of tension and a more 'outside' sound we aren't going for particularly in this lesson but who knows where your ears will take you in the future.

    The tune is in E major and you can expect a variety of basic techniques throughout the piece.

    Chord Progression:

    | A E/G# F#m7 B11 | B11 B13 |
    | E | E | A E/G# F#m7 B11 | B11 B13 |
    | E | E | A E/G# F#m7 B11 | B11 B13 |
    | E | E | A E/G# F#m7 B11 | B11 B13 |
    | E | E | A E/G# F#m7 B11 | B11 B13 |

    Time: 4/4
    Tempo: 70bpm
    Key: E Major


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