BLUE SUIT in a ROADHOUSE BAR of 12
Jam Example: Cut 29 from the Fiddle Jam Book/CD (see video above)
No Violin Backing Track:
The Jump Start: Cool, blue, straight forward and easy. Blues like it wants to be.
Scale: A Blues
Key: A “universal” (a mix of minor notes in the scale and major notes in the chords).
Notes: any, A, C, D, E, or, G (with Eb’s thrown in for some fun).
EZ-Zones: Low: 0, 1, 3, on the G and D strings, and/or,
High: 0, L2, 3, on the A and E strings.
Characteristic: Wailing, whining, crying, and a little angry, but glad to be alive.
Preparation: Run the EZ-Zone notes from top to bottom, sideways, diagonal, etc…. until you start dreaming of them at night!
Simple: Start and end on an A. Stay within the EZ-Zones and you can’t go wrong! Remember, it’s your creation, so play whatever YOU feel will sound good.
Advanced: See/hear “Jam Stuff” on the CD for an idea or two. Add some Eb’s and slide into your E’s.
Listening Lesson: Listen for the repeated 12 bar phrase. Let your “ear knowledge” of it become second nature and try responding to the end of the phrase by changing what you’re doing a bit (maybe play a little less, or more).
Troubleshooting: Don’t overthink it! Just play a conversation. …and don’t be afraid to repeat your ideas (and even your so-called mistakes!), because, in music, that’s called a motif!
P.J. (Post Jam): Tell yourself (or have someone else tell you) that you are the pure embodiment of the blues, and just healed every soul who heard you!