After a lovely meet and greet on Sunday evening followed by a delicious meal, the first morning descended upon us with many students swapping the suits, shirts and polished shoes for shorts, t-shirts and sunglasses. The day was warming up nicely with some beautiful rays of sunshine breaking through the picturesque sky and bellies full of croissant, fresh French bread and morning coffee.
After warming up with both physical and technical exercises the group looked at the 12-bar blues progression and some of the different ways in which the blues progression can be embellished with both chord voicing and structure. We looked at the following:
12-bar blues (no frills!)
|| : A | A | A | A | D | D | A | A | E | E | A | A : ||
Traditional 12-bar blues
|| : A | D | A | A | D | D | A | A | E | D | A | A : ||
12-bar blues (embellished harmony)
|| : A | D | A | A7 | D | D | A | A7 | E7 | D7 | A | E7 : ||
Need The Blues So Bad!
|| : A | D | A | A7 | D | Ebdim | A F#7 | Bm7 E7 | A D | A E : ||
We also looked at some interchangeable alternate endings:
1. || A F#m | Bm E7 || 2. || A D | A E7 || 3. || F | E ||
After a delicious lunch the class broke up into small groups and jammed the mornings work. This included playing in the style of Peter Green’s ‘Need Your Love So Bad’.