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Jazz Guitar Lessons: Applying Intervals to the Blues

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Applying Intervals to the Blues Part 1.
Okay, so we've discussed quite a bit
of theory now about intervals,
and I don't, as I mentioned, I,
I wanna make sure that you know that
this is a useful tool for improvisation.
We, we are gonna listen
to a backing track.
In my introduction I mentioned some of
the great players I had the pleasure of
working with on my play along tracks,
and you're gonna hear some of that now.
This is with John Patitucci, and
Andy Ezrin, a great pianist.
And, and Brian Dunn, a great drummer from,
from Live From Daryl's House.
So this is a cool track.
I also want to mention that it's a blues.
This is a blues in B flat,
in the key of B flat.
And although I'm saying blues,
you know, I'm not, I'm not,
gonna try to be Stevie Ray Loeb here,
or anything.
Just, this is a Jazz blues.
So, so it's gonna be a little bit
different than what you're you,
if you're used to playing blues,
like Red House or something like that.
This gonna have 1,4, and
5 1, 4, and 5 chords, but
you're gonna also include a 2, 5 in the
middle of it that gives it a jazz flavor.
And what I'm gonna be doing
in this instance, we're,
we're gonna use this little play along
track quite a bit in this course.
In this version of it, I'm gonna
just be taking the basic intervals,
and trying to play through
the chord changes.
You'll see a chart, a PDF of the, what
the chords are, and so you'll be able to
analyze it and, at this point, you'll see
when I'm playing, that I'll be playing
the inter, intervals that I was just
talking about in our previous lesson.
So let's give it a try,
here's a little ditty I call Basic Blues.
[SOUND] A one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
Now, what I'm doing here
is just the 3rd, the 3rd.
So I'm starting on
the root of each chord and
then playing the 3rd
[MUSIC].
That's a second
[MUSIC].
Second on the 4 chord.
[MUSIC]
back to the one chord then the 2-5-1,
just a 2nd interval at one.
[MUSIC]
That's a 4th, but I'm going from
the fifth degree of the scale to the one.
[MUSIC].
But the interval, you can see, is a 4th.
[MUSIC]
Now the 2 chord, 5.
[MUSIC].
Let's do the 5th.
[MUSIC].
I did go a little bluesy at the end.
[MUSIC]
Applying Intervals to the Blues, Part 2.
So we got as far as the 5th on that last
interval exercise over the basic blues.
I'm going to take it up to
the higher intervals now,
because those are really
interesting sounding ones.
And you can, and
they can be really useful.
You can do some nice notes.
Nice juicy notes to play on the blues.
Definitely check out you
can have the progression
right on the screen if you want as,
as you're doing this.
So you can see the chord changes
go by because as I mentioned,
while I was doing the other one,
when you use the interval,
you're gonna take the same interval and do
it based on each chord in the progression.
So when I move from the 1 chord up to
the 4 chord, or to the 3 chord and
the 5 chord, at the end, I'm taking that
interval and applying it to that chord.
So you have to actually more,
don't just stay on the key that,
not just on B flat intervals, but we're
going to do it on each chord that we play.
This helps outline the harmony,
outline the chord changes of songs.
Which is, in fact,
the key to improvisation.
Because when you do improvise,
you want to outline the changes as you go.
This is
[MUSIC].
That's a harmonic line because it shows
you the movement of what we'll learn
later, is rhythm changes.
So, definitely move
with the chord changes.
Have that PDF up on the screen so
you can follow along and say,
alright, then jump to the next one now.
Okay, here's going to be the 6th, 7th, and
then the very pure octave to finish
off on this basic blues interval jam.
[MUSIC]
That's the 6th.
It's a cool sound.
[MUSIC]
On the 4 chord.
[MUSIC].
5.
[MUSIC]
I'm gonna keep doing this 6th.
This time I'm gonna do it
in a different position,
because I want you to remember that I told
you to try things in different positions.
I've been in, basically,
in this one area of the neck.
The next chorus I'm gonna do it.
It's gonna be in a different position.
I'm gonna start down here.
[MUSIC]
I'm just blowing a little bit.
Okay.
Here's the 6th in another position.
[MUSIC].
One of the 4 chords.
[MUSIC]
The 6th.
2.
5.
[MUSIC]
Now the 7.
[MUSIC].
Cool sound, too.
[MUSIC]
2-2-4-5.
[MUSIC]
I only got to the octave
on the very last chord.
But you get the idea.
That's our interval blues.
[MUSIC]