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Bb Blues & Basic Jazz Chords
  • Still working on Playing the Changes. Great course, love the bending the changes part. Anyway, I'm looking ahead to my next choice(s) and am looking at the Arpeggio and the Bb Blues courses. In the Bb Blues description it is recommended that you be familiar with basic jazz chords. What specifically does this refer to? Thanks.
  • ".... In the Bb Blues description it is recommended that you be familiar with basic jazz chords..."

    Hi Vash -

    I don't see that in the description (see below). If one can play barre chords then the chords in the Bb Jazz Blues lesson are very doable.

    B flat Blues Concepts SAMPLE CLIP http://youtu.be/Rxjh1axYIFU

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  • Hey Jim,

    That's great. Thanks for the response JIm. FYI.... This is just below the piece that you posted...

    "Difficultly: 4-7 (Recommended that the student be familiar with basic jazz chords and the blues scale. A great follow up lesson for the student who has taken Playing the Blues Nailing the Changes. Proceed on to Blues in F, How's it Going?, Not Much, Bill Jennings' Solo on Bill Doggett's "Big Boy", Bryants Bounce, I Got Rhythm Changes."
  • For me basic jazz chords are the "skip the A string" grips (aka Freddie Green chords, or some people I think call the them Mickey Baker grips, based on a book where he taught them) that are easy to extend and to move around, like explained here, for example: http://www.elisanet.fi/petri.krzywacki/Music/Sointuotteet_en.pdf
    http://www.freddiegreen.org/technique/cervenka_numbering.html
  • vashondan - I didn't see that, my apologies. I'll have it edited out ....

    Let's cut to the chase.... This chord below is the most difficult in the progression section of that lesson - **please note that 1st finger and 2nd finger are on the same fret**.

    The other challenge is having 4th finger barre the top two strings. If this isn't doable- I suggest that students skip the barre and simply play the G on the 8th fret, 2nd string. It still sounds good and your hand will develop in time.

    There are two more chords in the solo section that are also demanding- but I've seen nothing but student success while giving the lesson in person.

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  • Thanks for that Jim. Those aren't going to scare me away. Looking forward to it. Just want to finish up Playing the Changes before I distract myself!

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