Day #4 ~ Thursday 5th July 2012

Today’s morning session began a usual with our physical and technical exercises.

A discussion arose within the group that led us to the first written blues turnaround. W.C Handy, known as the “Father of the Blues”, published a song called “Memphis Blues” in 1912 and contains the following turn around, which in the hands of Lonnie Johnson became the template for all turnarounds of the time:

The progression consists of: ||  Bb Bb7 Bbdim* Bbm6, |  Bb  || *Bbdim = Dbdim, Edim, Gdim. Notice that the turnaround does not return to the V chord but finishes on the I chord. It wasn’t until later that the V was added.

The mornings style focus was a slow dominant blues and the featured was track ‘Texas Flood’.

The song features an impressive intro, as learned by the group, and can be found on Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 1983 album ‘Texas Flood’ and many live albums and DVDs. The original was written and recorded by Larry Davis in 1958. Check out the original:

‘Texas Flood’ Progression – 12/8 groove

|| :  G  |  G  |  G  |  G  |  C  |  C  |  G  | G  |  D  | C  |  G  | D  : ||

In the afternoon session the class learnt the chords to ‘Call It Stormy Monday’ by T Bone Walker (first recorded in 1947).

|| :  G  |  C9  |  G / G#7  |  G G7  |  C9  |  C9  |  G  Am

| Bm / Bbm  |  Am  | Eb7  D7 |  G C9  | G  D(7)aug  : ||


About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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