Beginning to build Blues Lines

Beginning To Build Blues Lines

This topic will give you few tips on how to approach creating single note improvisation lines over a three chord blues progression.

So many guitarists tend to over think the process of creating their own solos. Some tend to use pure scale patterns and hope that all of the notes that they play fit with the background chords. But this does not necessarily always work.

To help you move forward I have written a chart that has two 12 bar solo examples.

Click here to download the chart for Beginning Blues Solo Lines

These ideas are fairly easy and will help you to generate your own lines that are personal, musical and effective.

Practice by playing just a few notes at a time. Try playing them in a different order to build different phrases is a great starting point.

Then think about adding subtle things like dynamics, changing rhythms, and sliding in and out of the tones. This will enable you to add your style to the lines.

State a short idea, then repeat it with a few minor changes and you will be on your way before you know it.

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These extra charts will show you how to take one idea and play it over each chord in the blues. The ideas my appear very very simple at the beginning (and they are) but they will train your ear to hear and play great lines.

So be diligent. Practice each of them slowly and steadily until you have memorised them and can play them over each chord fluently. Play them along to the backing track. Then to test yourself by playing them to the backing track with your eyes closed.

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For more advanced and detailed techniques to build on this concept check out my complete Target Tones Course. It will take you step by step from the basics to playing full length solos over extended chords and chord substitutes. And there are plenty of backing tracks to play over as well.

Joy to the World

With the holiday season almost upon us you may like to take a break and have have a play through this arrangement of the wonderful Christmas carol 'Joy to the World'


St James Infirmary Arrangement

​ "St. James Infirmary" is another song from my series of simple Chord Melody solo arrangements.

The melody and chords sit comfortably under the fingers making it a relatively easy tune to play, especially if you are interested in learning how to play jazz standards in a chord melody style.


At Last a Standard Played with Small Chords

In this post we will take a look at the tune 'At Last'  and learn how to play though it using small chords. 'At Last', written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren is one of the more popular jazz standards from the 40’s. It became pop hit in the 60’s and was made most famous by vocalist Etta James who added a terrific bluesy feel to the melodic line and phrasing.


Comping Using Small Chord Shapes

Does playing at fast tempos scare you?...

There are times when every player finds themselves a little intimidated by the tempo of a tune.

This can happen just as often when playing chord accompaniments at fast tempos as it does when feeling rushed to play fast single note lines.

In this article we will take a look at playing a tune using small chord voicings as an alternative to the larger shapes and fingerboard shifts. Using these small shapes make life much easier to stay “up to speed.”


4 Bar Intros

It's a common question...

One of the most common questions I get from students and other players is how I develop different intros for tunes that I play.


The Benefits of Playing Chord Melodies

Why play Chord Melodies?

Many guitarists find themselves intimidated by the prospect of playing solo jazz guitar. However, as you learn how to place the melody on the neck the in a way that enables you to also play chords under the melody, the instrument begins to open up in a whole new and exciting way.