The most rewarding thing to do on the acoustic guitar is just sit and jam. No accompaniment. Just you and your guitar. This creative process doesn’t have to be difficult. In this lesson, we’ll take a few tried and true blues moves and work them into a nice blues jam starting with a super simple idea.
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to use familiar chord shapes to help you move up and down the neck with confidence.
Blind Blake was a technical master, playing complicated rags with extreme agility. In this lesson, we’ll simplify a Blake style rag into it’s core elements and really make it pop with a couple of picking techniques.
In Lesson #138, we built a series of licks in A that really helped you travel the neck. The “A sound” happens in many different spots on the neck and you need to be confident moving around the fretboard while maintaining the A tonality. The best way to help that, is to really focus on A. Take Lesson #138 for a spin if you haven’t already. Then, take things further and just jam on your own over an A chord at various spots on the neck.
But as fun as a one-chord jam is, after a while, you’ll be begging to switch chords.
That’s where today’s lesson will come in handy.
There’s nothing wrong with the standard 12 bar blues progression. In fact, it’s the very place you should start your blues journey. But, once you have that down pat, what’s next?
Here’s a suggestion: Try to use well-placed licks to lead yourself into the next chord in the progression. It is called “lead” playing for a reason. We’ll get deep on this very idea in this lesson to try to stop abrupt chord changes dead in their tracks.