The rain was pouring down first thing this morning but the air was still surprisingly humid from the long hot day before. This meant that our morning stretches were done inside the music room rather than out on the grass and in the brilliant sunshine.
The course routine is now firmly set with the group running through their physical and technical exercises in the first session and then working on a style piece of technique after the coffee break.
In todays session we looked at Gary Moore’s fantastic ‘Still Got The Blues’ from his 1990 album of the same name. The chord progression breaks away from the standard twelve-bar and introduces the first real opportunity to delve into the use of the Natural Minor Scale.
The opening chord progression from the track:
|| : Dm7 | Dm7/G | CMaj7 | FMaj7 | Bm7b5 | E7 | Am | : ||
The opening melody line is built from the notes of the A Natural Minor Scale (A, B, C D, E, F G – R, 2, b3, 4, 5, b6, b7) and follows the chord progression by bending the notes to the third and then the fifth of each consecutive chord.
In researching the track for the group I learned that there was a plagiarism case in 2003 against Gary Moore for theft of the melody line, which is the hook of the track. Decide for yourself: http://youtu.be/i9r0LWDTPjo – I am unconvinced.
After lunch everyone descended upon Cognac for the Cognac Blues Festival. We arrived in time to watch a great guitarist perform using a washboard guitar called Nathan James. Nathan played some great tracks using standard and open tunings, bottleneck slide and a Kazoo! The gig was a thoroughly entertaining. Check him out: http://www.nathandjames.com/