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.
In this guitar lesson, you’ll get a sample from BGI’s premium course in the style of Robert Johnson’s staple blues song called, Kind Hearted Woman Blues.
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.