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Blues in A – Improvisation with Playback Track

Backin tracks are great to learn how to imnprovise. Especiall the Blues scheme is easy to learn and great to start improvising.

You can practice the chords and you learn the orientation on the fretboard. You can practice the fingering with the left hand and train playing in different positions and changing the positions without fear.

In this post I have compiled some ideas about how to use Blues in A backing tracks to learn to improvise. I have decided to use a Blues in A. You need the following three major chords:

A
D
E

Play the major chords together with the backing track, later you can play A7, D7 or E7 as shown in the chord tables for the backing track. Play the chords as shown on three strings only, A on the upper three strings, D and E on the lower three strings.

Alway use the fingers 1, 3 and 4 to fret the major chord. This makes it easy to fret the minor or 7th chord later. The 4th finger is always the root note of the chord – A, E or D.

Use strumming patterns form my link collection below or try anything that works for you with the backing track. Listen to the backing track to get new ideas! Start simple, get more complecated slowly.

Base notes – First Position

Now we learn the 3 base notes for the improvisation. To start play the notes in the first position, use the open strings D, A and E and the fretted notes from the following diagram. Play any rhythm that fits to the backing track, start simple, then tray more interesting rhythms.

Base Notes – High Position

Now play the three notes A, D and E with your first finger on the 7th fret of the D-String and on the 5th and 7th fret of the A-String. Always play the root note of the chord (that’s the name of the chord) together with the backing track.

Tone Sequences

Starting with the base note of every chord you play the following notes:

You can see that you play the same pattern in three different positions.

Start to explore the different notes step by step. When you can play the root note to every chord try playing the root note and the second note:

1 – 2 – 1

Then try the first and third note, you can try different rhythms:

1 – 3 – 1 or 1 – 1- 3 – 1 or 1 – 3 – 3 – 1 and so on.

Now play more and more notes, here are some examples:

1 – 2 – 3 – 1

1 – 2 – 3 – 5  /  1 – 2 – 1 – 5  /  1 – 3 – 5 – 3  / 1 – 5 – 1

1 – 3 – 5 – 7 / 1 – 3 – 5 – 6 – 7 / 1 – 3 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 3 / 1 – 3 – 5 – 6 – 8 – 6 – 5 – 3

1 – 3 – 5 – 7 – 8 / 1 – 5 – 8 – 7 / 8 – 7 – 5

I have compiled many backing tracks for a Blues in A in the following playlist:

Additional information

Link collection about strumming patterns:

Strum patterns

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Jackie Venson – Bluesguitar – “Lots of guitar shredding,…

Jackie Vension is a young blues guitarist from Austin, Texas. She started with the classical piano and studied at Berklee College, but then decided to learn to play the electric guitar. In a short time she has developed her own style. Jackie Vension can perform solo using loopers, but she mostly plays with a trio with drums and bass.

In 2014 Jackie Vension won Modern Southern Showcase (Belk Departement Store) and got the chance to play concerts which really started her career. She made a trip to Berlin and was invided to play with a trio for a big Blues Festival in Poland. Now she has a busy schedule playing in the USA, but also in other countries.

“Lots of guitar shredding, and smiling, and dancing around”

I have recently discovered Jackie Venson’s videos at youtube and I could not stop listening to Jackie Venson. Enjoy Jackie Venson!

Playlist Jackie Venson

Additional information

Website Jackie Venson

Reverbnation Blog:

Belk Southern Musician Showcase Winner Jackie Venson: Why The Summer Tour Was ‘Like a Fantasy’

Jackie Venson may be young, but she’s already got years of music experience behind her. The up-and-coming multi-instrumentalist started her musical career as a classically trained pianist, then moved onto guitar and songwriting. Venson’s soulful, bluesy sensibilities recently received some well-deserved attention. She won the Belk Southern Musician Showcase and earned a spot on the Belk Summer Tour.

Interview with Jackie Venson

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Jimi Hocking – Blues Mandolin Player

Jimi Hocking is an Australian blues guitar player and singer who has discovered the mandolin some years ago. There are some great videos from a performance in Memphis.

Jimi Hocking has also performed together with Bert Deivert who is another well known blues mandolin player

Enjoy my playlist!

Jimi Hocking – Blues Mandolin

Jimi Hocking performing at the GH Hotel as part of the Andrea Marr Band’s fundraiser for their trip to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

Additional information

Website Jimi Hocking

2007 saw Jimi release ‘Blue Mandolin’, his first album of mandolin-based tunes. Jimi’s unique stlye of ‘blues mando’ made an instant impact on the local scene, with Jimi performing mandolin tunes in a number of guises: solo, trio, ensemble, even as a part of his electric blues shows! See the Video page for a clip of ‘Skinny White Boy’, a song considered by many to be Jimi’s signature tune, and visit YouTube for heaps of live bootleg videos by fans.

Mandolin page: http://www.jimihocking.com/mandolins.htm

 

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London 2013 – 100 Club, Oxford Street – Orianthi…

On Wednesday we attended a concert with Orianthi in the 100 Club, Oxford Street. We had to wait for a long time in the typical English queue until we were let in, and event then we had to wait more until Orianthi came to the stage.

Orianthi is a young guitarist with Greek / Australian roots. She has played with Stevie Vai and Carlos Santana, and she plays heavy rock guitar and sings. Since 2011 Orianthi is the guitarist for Alice Cooper. So it was no surprise that Alice Cooper came to the stage for the last encore and sung Foxy Lady.

Orianthi and Alice Cooper live @ 100 club London 7th August 2013

Pictures – Orianthi in the Club 100

You can find many videos from the concert with Orianthi in the 100 Club – many of the visitors used their smartphones to record songs.

Videos Orianthi 100 Club


Additional Information

Orianthi official website: http://orianthi.com/

Wikipedia about Orianthi (engl.): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orianthi

Orianthi – Playlist

100 Club Oxford Street, London: http://www.the100club.co.uk/