This week we are learning yet another way to play Trouble in Mind. We will give it a more sophisticated spin this week we and swing it lightly. We will add more chords which is appropriate in this version adding the 6 and the 2 and also add a few passing chords like B augmented and A diminished. The tempo should be a slow to moderate swing tempo.
These chords are appropriate for a small band swing-blues version or a big band version also. After this we will work on soloing over these changes.
Hope you enjoy it!
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Trouble in Mind
Loop 0:41 Breakdown of Swing Style Rhythm
Loop 5:28 Practice Loop of Swing Style Rhythm and Ending
Loop 7:43 Rhythmic Approach
Loop 9:50 Closing Thoughts
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Add another tool to the toolbox. Always like to vary my blues and this lesson is just the ticket.
Hello Duke! These swing chords were completely new to me when I first came to SJ, but they are beginning to feel like familiar friends now. However, it's still not always easy for me to mute that 5th string properly, so I find it easier to play the strings with my fingers and doing a lot of palm muting. I can get a much more clean and consistent tone across the notes. Maybe it comes from being a piano player; my right hand is perfectly comfortable plucking a few strings at a time.
Peter, I don't know if this technique would work for you or not. I'm almost always playing the 6th string with my thumb, my first finger on the D string and middle finger on the G string. And I bring in my ring finger to catch that raised 5th to make the augmented chord on the B string.
I didn't try to make a perfected take, so there are a few boo-boos. ;-) It's hard to keep that groove locked down tight when it's so slow, but I used your image of the drummer's swishing sound to inspire me, and that was really helpful. Thanks for the great lesson!
Hello Duke, and a quick question before I practice:
I am still not getting the swing strum correct. I keeping Paul's advice of "flicking a bug from your hand", and I am watching your strum and I see mostly your arm moving and your wrist staying pretty straight.
I try to copy this and have two problems (I think)
1) I dig in too much and get too much bass on the low string
2) I sometimes go past the bottom 4 strings and hit the B and E string making a bad sound
Here is a quick video showing my strum. Any helpful thoughts before I practice the wrong thing
I Peter, That's not bad at all and closer than I've heard you pay it before. I would suguest you lighten up a little and loosen your wrist as much as you can. There are different ways to play 4/4 rhythm.