In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play (and improvise) a blues lead (with a little jazz flavor) over a minor key jam track. You’ll be playing the chord changes over the verse, alternating between a minor and a major chord.
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Just that I’m never the first to comment so I couldn’t resist!! Actually I was reworking Brian’s last lesson and this cool jazzy/bluesy new lesson popped up!! Jim C.
Jim M says
I’m slow dancin’ with my wife to this one !!!
Michael Allen says
Very nice! Thanks Brian
Thank you Brian, Love this stuff !!
San Luis Rey says
This is sounding really good Brian. Looking forward to breaking some new ground this week!
richard c says
Dale L says
Good stuff Brian But, Please do some more slow country lead stuff..
Brent C says
Wow? With a little practice time, right in my wheelhouse. Such a great feeling when the Friday lesson just calls out your name!!!
As always, AWESOME Brian and thank you.
Gary W says
Just love your slow Jazzy, out of the box stuff.
Already one of my favourites ..and I haven’t picked up my guitar yet!
Diolch, thank you.
Greetings from Gary, Wales UK
Aussie Rick says
Awesome composition that really captures that smooth George Benson feel, and a great lesson as always, with lots of ideas and licks to take-away and use elsewhere. Thanks Brian.
Mirabel S says
Hi Brian, This is just beautiful, thanks.
East Midlands, UK.
John P says
Instant wanna learn this tune when I watched it. Love it!
how a good idea to put the accompainment track on the tab viewer.
Every week you take a nice surprise.
Echo that one…please keep the accompaniment coming in the tab viewer!
Olivier B says
Awesome Brian, I really like this minor blues !!!
James G says
Love this lesson Brian! and the guitar!
Light bulbs are going off and my playing is improving….I may need an Es 175 Gibson. Always trying to get the tone from the master!
After a few listens really liked it nice touch Brian another gem cheers
Excellent, love it!
Raymond P says
Great lesson Brian, lots of take a ways.
I want to play this one !!! Super Brian !!!
Roman K says
Awesome, Brian! More of this jazzy groove, please.
John J says
Fernando C says
Really liking this one Brian !!
Frederic D says
Hi everyone ! What a great lesson !! Here is a sample from a french rapper which is very similar to the backing track. Actually the first to octaves are exactly the sames than the ones of this lesson, then I think Em is played (which is not very far from G7 because Em is the relative minor of G). Anyway you can play the Dm scale all along as well. I though it could be a good stuff for those who want to try the take -aways of this lesson in another context.
Greetings from France.
Here is the link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAmEXDD8c0U
Cezary B says
i think it was blocked
Greg H says
Wow! This is different for us! Really like this and looking forward to trying it out. Thanks Brian!
John J says
I asked for something covering using octaves and here it is ..cool..this is a great composition. Any Chance you will add a music theory class for dummies?
John J says
…and that Gibson sounds amazing…new? not an L5 ..? not sure which one it is?
It’s a 1957 ES-125
John J says
thanks its a beauty
Could you tell us what you’re doing for tone in the demo video? There’s a huge difference between the demo and the lesson, which sounds a lot more raw.
About all I know about Jazzy tones are to turn the treble down.
Whatever setup you’ve got for the demo sounds really great.
Reinhold K says
I’m so glade to find your Webside. This lesson is so Great, i put all out off my hand and have fun with this lesson!Greeting from germany!
Rajiv D says
Excellent arrangement Brian !
greg f says
Adding the backing track to the on-screen tab viewer is a game changer! thanks!
Cezary B says
Great lesson and great backing track! I think I’m gonna try that for May challenge 🙂
Anthony C says
Les Brown says
Good grief, Brian! It’s like every new lesson is the best one so far!!!
Frederick B says
Just a note – Wes Montgomery really popularized octaves. Many jazz players picked it up from him. Not being critical, just want to give Wes his due.
I love the wide range of ideas that you bring to these lessons Brian. The opening is flat out gorgeous. I just got a chorus pedal and that opening is going to sound gorgeous.
Thank you as always.
Philip B says
You do so many good things hyere. This one is totally in my wheelhouse. But actually in yours also really. My favorite one before this was EP04 so maybe you understand. That was way back. Anyway, you always produce and produce great stuff so for what it’s worth more of this kinda thing is really, really cool but watever you come out with I’m onmboard. Love it !
Chris H says
Dang, Brian … you are really honing those chops!
Very nice. A gorgeous piece of music. I am really going to try to get this one sorted.
bob e says
Another fantastic piece to learn. I’m doing my best to try and learn to read standard notation and just wondered would it be possible for you to add the key signatures where you write out the notation.
Fantastic as always
[email protected] says
Superb. In fact I find this one more Gilmour than the Gilmour lesson you did recently. This is in a very Gilmour/Floyd tempo. Whatever – they’re both great.
Klickitat Jim says
If David Gilmore and SRV had a baby
I find those harmonizing 3rds and 6’s very helpful and use them all the time in the major scale so these in the minor scale are excellent too..I would say “more please”
I’m glad you brought this lesson,I’ve been wanting to learn this kind of Jazzy Blues,thank’s again Brian,one more thing can you teach us “still got the blues” by Gary Moore?
Tom D says
This is another great number. I had to revise a little theory to rediscover that D natural minor is the F major scale. i.e. The relative minor scale of F major is D minor. I might end up a good guitarist one of these days. I’ve been practicing for 60 years.
Rich F says
An immense lesson, Brian! Beautiful! Listening to this over breakfast on a Sunny warm UK morning. It has a perfect jazzy ambience!
Always a lot of take-always from your lessons. The octaves part is fantastic!
Mike H says
This song is totally doing my head in 🙂 I can get all the notes under my fingers but the timing is a total mission. I’ve been running my looper trying to get even the first section down. So far…well, let’s just say I’m making slow progress 🙂 But I love the thing so I’m going to crack it.
Alexandre F says
AWSOME!… This one pave the way to the future playing guitar with great style and composition…I just love it and feels so great doing it over and over…
freddie h says
One of my favorites for sure. I realize you can’t make everyone happy but, you could do nothing but this style and I would be happy. So many tasty licks in this lesson. Keep the jazzy blues coming.
Klickitat Jim says
Brilliant! Masterpiece! And my current challenge
Klickitat Jim says
Great tune for me to dive into time signatures. Counting the beat out loud there’s really no difference between 6/8 (ONE-2-3-FOUR-5-6)and shuffle 4/4 (+One +Two +Three +Four)
dave d says
this is the most fun lesson ive seen in a very long time, and ive been everywhere, truefire, gratefulguitarlessons, music with ryan, thanks Brian, you are truly remarkable.
ibrahim t says
I’m really grateful…
David G says
This is a great arrangement and the one that made me go Premium. I was having trouble with the higher octaves played on the 4 and 2 strings (getting my index/pinky combination to keep the wider shape), so I’m playing the octaves on the 5 and 3 strings with my index and ring fingers and it’s much easier to keep the span from collapsing on the slide up. That’s probably not possible on a 12-fret guitar, but it’s fine with anything with 14+ frets clear of the body.
Aloyse P says
I just discovered this lesson and from the first few notes I was addicted to the sound and melody. I played for years in different bands in my country (Rock and Blues) but I always loved this jazzy styles. I even tried to play Jazz but honestly I’m not enough gifted to master Jazz-Guitar so I hope to find the secrets of Jazz and the way to play Jazz-Guitar on Active Melody.
Please Please Please do more of this stuff!!!!
Frank M says
Super! Weekend project!