This months lesson is the classic 8 bar blues, "How Long" My first lesson is learning the basic song with simplest changes for guitar in A. Basically in a simple finger picking style. We concentrate on the quarter note bass string root thump while stating the melody on the top strings. Then we work on a second verse going up to second position on the top 4 string using 7ths and my favorite 9th inversion. Then in the second lesson we go to a more Kansas City version with swing 4 to the bar a la Freddie Green. in this lesson we add more chords to make the changes more interesting to play over while still keeping within what works with the traditional melody. In our next we will delve into soloing on the form and trying different approaches to soloing over the changes.
Enjoy, Duke Robillard
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Note: Duke is going to base Lessons 2-5 on the Bb (Kansas City style) of How Long Blues.
Loop 1:45 Breakdown of Acoustic Blues Version
Loop 6:39 Run-Through of Acoustic Blues Version
Loop 7:08 Breakdown of Kansas City Style How Long Blues
Loop 14:22 Bb Kansas City Style Run-Through (Sheet Music Page 3)