Excellent first session – An introduction to the blues including; twelve bar blues structure (I, IV, V), blues harmony – Major, Minor, Dominant, the blues scale, chord tones, scale tones, call and response, expressive techniques – hammer-ons, pull-offs, trills, bends and slides.
Session two began with a look into chord voicings using the ‘CAGED’ system, with particular attention to the ‘D’ shape and ‘A’ shape dominant 7 chord shapes. We then moved on to the ‘C’ and ‘A’ shaped voicings in the key of E before a delicious lunch.
During session 3 I asked the group to pair up and head out in to the sunshine, or under one of the many cherry trees for some shade, and to arrange a blues track.
The group were keen to focus some attention on chord scale relationships. Our main focus for today was a dominant blues in the key of E so the group learnt how dominant 7 chords related to the mixolydian mode and the later dominant 7 arpeggio.
Video of the day
The class began today with a ‘Blues in E’, here is a short clip from session #2.