Funk/Blues Rhythm Lesson

by Alejandro Pinero

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  • Hi GMC! Welcome to this new lesson! Today we work with a simple blues form the style of funk. The traditional form of the Blues is composed by 12 bars. For example:

    I , IV , I , I , IV, IV , I , I , V, IV, I, V

    I play I, I, I, I, IV, IV, I, I, V, IV, I.

    In this little funky tune I harmonized the melody with triads of the 7th arpeggio. The melody is composed in general by the notes of the arpeggio. In this case first I composed the melody and then I think that it could sound better with triads. For me the triads are fantastic for example when we play in a trio band form or alone too.

    I recommend use this lesson to practice improvisation with the Mixolydian mode of any chord.

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