Learn to Improvise with Texas Blues - Verse 5

Published on 26 January 2016
For more information from the source site of this video please visit: http://secretguitarteacher.com/youtube/intermediate/blues/Oi4U6LBCX0s/83180133-learning-to-improvise-with-texas-blues-v5.php This is a sample lesson from the Secret Guitar Teacher website. It is aimed at those relatively new to improvising or anyone who has found it 'difficult to get going' with this subject. It doesn't really require any previous knowledge or experience, but if you have worked through a couple of our lessons on Texas blues (search for 'Easy Texas Blues' and 'Texas style blues verse 2') then that will help as preparation for this lesson. Here's the abridged transcript: This lesson introduces the Fourth Position Blues scale pattern. One of the most versatile areas of the scale patterns and the second-most commonly used. We'll also have a look at a great technique that combines double stops with bends to produce another classic blues sound that might remind you of an old steam train whistle. Best way to drill this pattern is using the normal one-finger-per-fret rule like this: As with previous patterns there are particular segments that are worth homing in on -- have a look at this: Here are a few ideas that come from this segment, see if you can copy some of them and then make up some more of your own: Did you spot the Jimi Hendrix Lick in there? Using the scale pattern like this we naturally align first finger with 7th fret. A whole new set of possibilities arises from shifting our hand position up a fret so that our first finger is aligned with the 8th fret.This helps us better access this part of the pattern: Now let's listen to how all these ideas fit against the 12-bar blues backing track. I'm going to repeat each idea a few times -- see if you can copy some of them and then go on to make up a few of your own. Don't worry if your ideas don't all sound brilliant -- remember learning to improvise is very much a trial and error process. Go over that as many times as you like before moving on to the final part of this lesson. Lets have a look at a nice variation on the original verse 5 of Texas Blues. Instead of separating out the first two notes try playing them as a double stop like this: This technique can often be used wherever a phrase is made up of a bend followed by a note on a different string. For example if we take a second look at the top end of the fourth position blues scale we were looking at just now: Here's a couple of licks I might play using a bend on the B string at the 10th fret : But as a variation I can play them as double stops like this: The trick is to keep this finger solid while you push this one away from it. Have a go. Remember to strike firmly through both strings with your pick Or pluck them with two fingers: So there's quite a few ideas to work on using that fourth position blues scale. Play around with these ideas either over the 12 bar blues in E backing track or the Texas Blues Backing Track. Tool bar at side of this screen or direct from the main menu -- just click on Backing Tracks. I'll play out now using double stop bends against the Texas Blues B/Track. Copy some of these ideas, then create variations of your own. See you again in the next lesson - last verse of Texas Blues - Fifth position B/Scale Patterns.