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Rogerhdg Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:07

The diferences in the chords of the blues progression are tough for me to pick out. But I can appreciate that emphasizing the root of the chord helps, and hitting the chord notes with the left hand mallets makes it clear. One difference between those scales is "D flat" vs "C". So would another strategy be to emphasize those two tones at the chord change?

tonymiceli Mon, 08/22/2011 - 23:11

In reply to by Rogerhdg

no Db. i did everything based by the F blues scale. i didn't switch scales. do it all with one scale.

so you can't hear the chord changes. anyone else can't hear it?

BarryK Tue, 08/23/2011 - 07:31

In reply to by tonymiceli

I can't hear the changes either. Bad ear, I guess. If there was a bass player, I probably could.

Why do you use one scale, and not a different blues scale for each chord? Is that how blues is played, or is this just a demonstration that one scale can be used for blues changes?


tonymiceli Mon, 08/29/2011 - 12:25

In reply to by BarryK

do this:

play the root of each chord. you know the form right?

F 4 bars
Bb 2 bars
F 2 bars
C 1 bar
Bb 1 bar
F 2 bars

then sing the bass notes. you hear it now?

BarryK Mon, 08/29/2011 - 14:03

In reply to by tonymiceli

I had difficulty hearing the changes when you played it, but could probably hear it when I play it (playing the roots).

My real question though is, do you really only play the F blues scale for all of the changes?


tonymiceli Mon, 08/29/2011 - 14:37

In reply to by BarryK

only the f blues.

you don't really change with each chord. when you hear those blues players they're usually only playing one basic blues scale.

now that that's said there are other things you can do, but for now that's the answer. and that's what i'm doing.

c.stallard22 Fri, 08/26/2011 - 13:14

Whoa...for some reason it never got through my skull as to how to make it evident that I'm following changes when improvising on the blues. Sometimes I even have trouble keeping my spot in a blues because I'm playing the same scale through the whole progression. Now I understand how to keep the changes happening through the whole thing...this finally made it click! Great lesson Tony; this just made me look at the blues in whole new light!

Marie-Noëlle Tue, 09/06/2011 - 04:00

Boring to listen to but interesting and fun to play!
I'm still not at ease with the changes, but I found it very helpful to play the bass and start discovering the scale, getting more aware of the harmony and time.
Thanks Tony for giving 'food' to every one! :o)
- M

Marie-Noëlle Sat, 09/17/2011 - 04:11

I was chatting with Jordi recently about messing around on Blues scales. A few days later I had some very cool play alongs in my mail box... So I took my mallets, picked up a slow F version, try to forget my fear, remember the F blues scale and help me with Tony's licks and my few first attempts... and I jumped into it.

This is my first recording... Pheww...

vibraman Sat, 09/17/2011 - 05:24

In reply to by Marie-Noëlle

yeah marie got the blues. that´s a nice impro with the blues scale.well done. now if i would be very hard or david friedman i would say: too much ringing. so try to use less pedal and try to dampen some notes. sorry marie but it never stops and there´s always something we can make better.


Marie-Noëlle Sat, 09/17/2011 - 07:47

In reply to by vibraman

Don't be sorry: aren't we all here for that? :o) I'll work on this next time. Thanks.

Babu Sat, 09/17/2011 - 06:34

In reply to by Marie-Noëlle

Cool impro ! Exploring the possibilities of the blues scale and staying melodic without forgetting the pattern of the first riff... great ! And all that in one year playing ! I wish my guitar students could do the same !
And stick drop ! (yesterday I found one reason why I like stick drop, besides the fact it's funny : it's a kind of 'Na !" - how to translate in English ?)

Marie-Noëlle Sat, 09/17/2011 - 07:46

In reply to by Babu

It took me more than you think to be able a "jump into it" (ask Tarik). I'm so happy and lucky to have friends to help me, each one bringing the best of him. It's a long process that requires time, patience, work, a little luck... and of course passion. It hardly started! :o)

tonymiceli Sat, 09/17/2011 - 10:17

In reply to by Marie-Noëlle

wow, you sound good! you have the phrasing right and your solo sounds good! go girl!!!

that's the thing about the blues, you can really work on the emotional side of music and the phrasing. if you just play the blues scale then most of what you play will sound good and now you can assemble phrases and work on where notes resolve etc.

and the stick drop was cool as well!!!! great job!

dimitris Sun, 09/18/2011 - 04:26

In reply to by Marie-Noëlle

i think you have great time and feel on this marie. you can try what you did in all the range of the vibraphone!