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Groovin Blues

mp3: Groovin Blues Guitar/Lead Jam Track
wma: Groovin Blues Guitar/Lead Jam Track

mp3: Groovin Blues Bass Jam Track
wma: Groovin Blues Bass Jam Track

mp3: Groovin Blues Drums Jam Track
wma: Groovin Blues Drums Jam Track

Time/size: 4 mins 30 secs/6.3mb. 100 beats per minute/bpm

Blues jam track: Groovin Blues is a medium tempo blues vamp in the key of E.

Backing track instruments: electric guitar, fretless bass and drums.

Progression: E Major and E7.

Suggestions: The E Blues scale is a great place to start with this track.

Groovin Blues Chords and Progression

There are only two chords in Groovin Blues: E Major and E7. The E7 chord is what makes the E blues scale sound so good over the progression.

E Major

E|--0--
B|--0--
G|--1--
D|--2--
A|--2--
E|--0--

E7

E|--0--
B|--0--
G|--7--
D|--6--
A|--7--
E|--0--

Groovin Blues Scale Suggestions

The E Blues scale uses the Root note, flat or minor 3rd, Perfect 4th, flat 5th, Perfect 5th and flat or minor/dominant 7th degrees of the E Major scale.

In other words (or numbers) - if you number the notes of the E Major scale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 then the E Blues scale uses the notes: 1, b3, 4, b5, 5 and b7 (where b stands for flat, b3 means flat 3rd and so on).

Even though you are only using 6 notes out of a possible 12 when playing a Blues scale - you'll find you can come up with an unlimited number of guitar licks. The only limit is your imagination. The more you play around with the notes of the scale in different positions on the guitar neck, the more doors you'll open for you playing.

Open your mind and your ears and play it with feel. Always play from the heart.

1. E Blues Scale - 7th Position on the move

E|--------------------------------10-12-
B|-------------------8-10-11-12--------
G|--------------7-9---------------------
D|-------7-8-9--------------------------
A|-7-10---------------------------------
E|---------------------------------------

2. E Blues Scale - 12th Position - Two Octaves

E|--------------------------------------------12-15-
B|-------------------------------------12-15--------
G|--------------------------12-14-15---------------
D|-------------------12-14--------------------------
A|--------12-13-14---------------------------------
E|-12-15--------------------------------------------

Groovin Blues Bass Tab

The bass line for Groovin Blues is focused on coming in on the 1 followed by a cool riff that moves down the notes of the E Mixolydian scale. Mixolydian scales use the same tones as the Major (Ionian) scale except on the 7th degree of the scale. The 7th degree of any Major scale is one semi-tone (or fret) lower than the Root note of the scale. For an E Major scale with the Root note on the A string at the 7th fret the Major 7th is is the note on the 6th fret which is a D#. Where as the 7th degree of any Mixolydian scale is one tone (or two frets) lower than the Root note of the scale. So for E Mixolydian the note is D which is located at the 5th fret on the A string.

When playing bass the most popular notes are the Root note commonly followed by the 5th note of the key you are playing in. After that the 3rd and 7th degrees of the key you are playing in come next (in popularity). If you play the Root, 3rd, 5th and 7th notes you are arpeggiating a 7th chord. That is to say that you are playing each note of a 7th chord by itself.

Arpeggiating chords is a good way to start building bass lines. It also helps increase your fretboard knowledge. When you get comfortable with the tones that make up a 7th chord you can go exploring and play the notes in between those tones.

Play the first line three times and the 2nd bass tab once.

G|-----------------------------
D|-----------------------------
A|---7-7----7-5---5----------
E|-0------0------7---7-5-4-2-

G|-----------------------------
D|----------------------6-----
A|---7-7----7-5---5-7---7-5-
E|-0------0------7------------

Groovin Blues Drum Chart

The drum pattern to Groovin Blues has a bit of a call and answer thing going on between the snare in the 2nd bar and the bass drum in the 4th bar.

Web page with drum instruction: Groovin Blues Drum Chart

Download: Groovin Blues Drum Chart

Groovin Blues Drum Instruction

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