Bar-by-bar: Country Blues

Soloing over a major sounding Country Blues can be a little daunting and confusing; this time we’ll be expanding exploring scale choices over a Country Blues I, IV, V to help hone these skills. Some usual suspects: follow the chords, major and major pentatonic and others. We look at what, and how, to play over each bar starting with basic approaches and moving into more challenging options – all bar-by-bar.

 

 

 

What will we be covering?

Using the minor pentatonic over a Blues is one thing but soloing over a major key Country Blues is a totally different ball game; it can be a little daunting and confusing – we hope to demystify it!

We’ll go through a basic Country I, IV, V pick-strum piece (in a guitar-friendly key, probably G major) and explore what tools are available to solo over it. Some of the usual suspects will undoubtedly appear: follow the chords, major and major pentatonic scales, double stops, targeting chord tones, major Blues scale, etc. Maybe even some rhythm options!

The aim is to have a complete solo under our fingers for a Country Blues-based (major scale) piece. We’ll be guided through  how to solo over it using basic tools and, for the more seasoned players, how to add in some little gems.

In summary, we look at what, and how, to play over each bar starting with basic approaches and moving into more challenging options. All bar-by-bar.

 

Who’s this session suitable for?

Beginner+ to intermediate acoustic and electric guitar players.

These sessions are layered to allow different player levels to learn and play along at the same time. Whatever level you are at, you’ll have lots of takeaways to work on later.

 

Materials

You’ll receive any lesson PDF(s) just before the session and we’ll make a Zoom recording of the live lesson available to you afterwards. There might also be a backing track with this one.

 

Home practice

The session is 60 minutes long; don’t expect to master everything during the session. The tutor will go through all the key parts, demonstrating them and discussing the associated techniques and know-how.

The real work is done by you afterwards. Armed with the materials (PDFs and video  recording), you’ll have all the tools to work on things at your own pace.

 

Booking a place and buying options

When you book you’ll have two options:

1. You want to join the live Zoom session.

You’ll receive the joining instructions on the day. Being live, you’ll be able to put your own questions directly to the tutor during the session. Choose option 1, Lesson and materials.

2. Maybe you’d like to attend but can’t make it on this occasion?

You can buy the materials and receive them after the session (i.e. lesson PDF(s) and access to a Zoom recording of the live session). Choose option 2, Materials only.

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