BOOGIE WOOGIE SECTION

About BOOGIE WOOGIE

(see links to individual Boogie Woogie lessons below)
Unfortunately, we really can’t just go “nuts” all the time! (see “Gig Etiquette” for more info on this)  It may be fun for a while (especially when we are just starting out) and important to get things “under your belt” (or is that under your fingers?), but in the end it’s just plain boring for the poor audience and other fellow jammers to have one person keep playing and playing and never shut up!  It’s just like someone who talks too much… and we probably all know someone like this.  They talk and talk and talk, and after a while, what they are saying goes in one ear and out the other doesn’t it?  We stop listening!  They’re not much fun to play with or be around are they?  So, don’t be a blabbermouth when you improvise with others!

So, what to do?  Does this mean that we must just stand there and listen to others jam as they take their turns?  Listening is a good, no scratch that, a great thing, but we don’t have to necessarily just stand there with our finger up our noses either!  We just have to simplify a bit and change what we play to a more supportive role.  The Boogie Woogie (B. W.) pattern is a fun and easy way to accomplish this.  Boogie Woogie is a basic background part that is part of the basics of most of the modern styles of the past 100 years!  It’s an essential element of jazz, blues, cajun, and anything rock ‘n’ roll based.  To play it for D, G, and A (the 3 most common chords in the key of D), all that we need is one finger!  …and the ability to bow on two strings at once (I mean on purpose! Ha!).  You knew that there’d be a catch now didn’t ya?

All kidding aside, it’s really easy and sounds way cool too.  It’s a perfect accompaniment behind vocals and solos of all kinds.  See/hear the example called Zydeco (page 37 in Fiddle Jam Book, Cuts 39-40 on the CD) and how I even use it to support the drums during their “break.”  Also, listen to the Fiddle Jam Blues (of course!) for a real-life example of the Boogie Woogie.  See the list & links below, and we’ll get started with the B. W. Patterns, then on to the Basic, and Fancy B.W. Blues before moving on to incorporating it into our jamming (as heard in “Zydeco”).

So, let’s boogie!… or is that woogie?  hmmm…

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THE BOOGIE WOOGIE SECTION CONTENTS:
Lessons: The Boogie Woogie Patterns…………..(pg 31 in Fiddle Jam Book)
Basic Boogie Woogie Blues………………………….(pg 32 in Fiddle Jam Book)
The “Fancy” Boogie Woogie Blues………………..(pg 33 in Fiddle Jam Book)
Shuffle Rhythm…………………………………………(pg 34 in Fiddle Jam Book)
The Low 2 Boogie Woogie Pattern………………..(pg 36 in Fiddle Jam Book)
The Low 2 Boogie Woogie Blues…………………..(pg 36 in Fiddle Jam Book)
Zydeco: a Boogie Woogie and jamming mix…….(pg 37 in Fiddle Jam Book)
Wit and Wisdom: “Gig Etiquette”…………………(pg 38 in Fiddle Jam Book)
The Fiddle Jam Blues: Melody, B.W. & jam…….(pg 41 in Fiddle Jam Book)

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