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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2007-03-15T13:21:55+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=15&t=3983 2007-03-15T13:21:55+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3983&p=54675#p54675 <![CDATA[Blues Chords]]>
For along time I simply played a pentatonic or Blues scale over the I IV and V chords. I would emphasize certain notes in certain places... sadly, I cannot tell you what those notes were and where because I don't know the theory behind it. I know a few licks, I know how it’s supposed to sound, and I just play by ear...

However, I have also really grown a lot in the last few months in my play by adding more notes to my blues scale. Now I will layer the Major and Minor Pentatonics with a few passing notes in between over those same I, IV and V chords. I don't change the scales when I change chords... at least not that I know of... really I just change the focus of the notes that I am playing... maybe...unless the mood strikes me to stay on those last notes because it sounds right. Of course, now the 'blues scale' I use is made up of like 9 or 10 notes. Is it still a scale at that point? LOL

So basically it's a feel, not a rule. Blues is a 'simple' music which get's really complicated. Unlike Jazz, we break theory rules when we play Blues because the main scales we use do not always make up the chords we are playing over. That dissonance or tension which is created is the blues. The release of that energy is our release and how we get rid of 'my' blues.

Statistics: Posted by Axis29 — Thu Mar 15, 2007 1:21 pm


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2006-09-23T10:22:33+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3983&p=40166#p40166 <![CDATA[Blues Chords]]> Statistics: Posted by maxx england — Sat Sep 23, 2006 10:22 am


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2006-09-21T14:48:22+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3983&p=40070#p40070 <![CDATA[Blues Chords]]> Statistics: Posted by outstretchedarm — Thu Sep 21, 2006 2:48 pm


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2006-09-21T14:17:50+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3983&p=40067#p40067 <![CDATA[Blues Chords]]>
My suggestion is to do lots of listening to what the "greats" have played. You'll figure it out.

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2006-09-21T13:41:00+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3983&p=40063#p40063 <![CDATA[Blues Chords]]>
let's say I play in Gb (F#)...and thus the major pentatonic scale is

Gb Ab Bb Db Eb (the black keys)

then I'd go to the V chord, which is Db...whose major pentatonic is

Db Eb F Ab Bb

fair enough.

But what do I do when I want to play the IV chord of Gb, which is B? Would I play

B Db Eb Gb Ab

which is the pentatonic of B?

also...(i'm not at my keyboard right now but) that lloks pretty "happy" and straight forward. How would I add some chromaticism to that?

also when I want to play the II III and VI VII

1) what scales do I play them in?

2) chords do I construct for them?
is it:

iim
iiim
vim
viidim

as it is in the major scale? or something else?

thanks for the info peeps

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2006-09-19T17:32:25+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3983&p=39899#p39899 <![CDATA[Blues Chords]]> Statistics: Posted by Bournio — Tue Sep 19, 2006 5:32 pm


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2006-09-19T17:26:50+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3983&p=39896#p39896 <![CDATA[Blues Chords]]>
Bournio wrote:
try F#pentatonic(can't remember if it's major or minor) it's just black keys
That's a major pentatonic.

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2006-09-19T15:08:47+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3983&p=39881#p39881 <![CDATA[Blues Chords]]>
Yeah, bassically, do what maxx said! If you find keyboard hard to play try F#pentatonic(can't remember if it's major or minor) it's just black keys, try playing around with using just that scale, pick one note to play in the bass, and play a melody!

Then start changing the scale, so pick a drone that's in both keys, so as Maxx says E drone over Aminor, and Eminor. then I guess you can go where you like! You can play thngs that sound a bit like harmonic singing, and other crazy stuff!

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2006-09-19T11:18:26+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3983&p=39859#p39859 <![CDATA[Blues Chords]]> Statistics: Posted by maxx england — Tue Sep 19, 2006 11:18 am


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2006-09-18T15:40:46+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3983&p=39806#p39806 <![CDATA[Blues Chords]]> Statistics: Posted by outstretchedarm — Mon Sep 18, 2006 3:40 pm


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