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mp3: Mr Personable Guitar/Lead Jam Track
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mp3: Mr Personable Bass Jam Track
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mp3: Mr Personable Drums Jam Track
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Time/size: 4 mins 19 secs/6.1mb. 70 beats per minute/bpm

Funky Blues jam track: A mid-tempo blues progression, spiced up with a bit of funk, in the key of C.

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

Progression: C7, F7, C7, G7, F7, C7, G7.

Suggestions: Play the C Blues scale all over the guitar neck on this backing track.

Mr Personable Chords and Progression

This tune is a 3 chord wonder! The 3 chords used in this blues progression are C Dominant 7 (C7), F Dominant 7 (F7) and G Dominant 7 (G). They are I7, IV7 and V7 chords (respectively).

Although there are 3 chords, we are only playing the 1 chord shape. Robert Johnson went down to The Crossroads and made a deal to get this chord shape under his fingers so you better learn it too.

C7

E|--x--
B|--11--
G|--9--
D|--x--
A|--10--
E|--8--

F7

E|--x--
B|--4--
G|--2--
D|--x--
A|--3--
E|--1--

G7

E|--x--
B|--6--
G|--4--
D|--x--
A|--5--
E|--3--

Mr Personable Scale Suggestions

1. C Blues Scale - 8th Position - Two Octaves

Here is the guitar tab for the C blues scale in 8th position. 8th position means that your index finger is located at the 8th fret.

The 8th fret of the 6th (low E) string is the Root note C of the C blues scale.
The 11th fret of the 6th string is the minor 3rd note Eb.
The 8th fret of the 5th (A) string is the 4th note F.
The 9th fret of the 5th string is the b5th (flat 5th) note Gb. The b5th is the 'blue note' of the Blues Scale.
The 10th fret of the 5th string is the 5th note G.
The 8th fret of the 4th (D) string is the b7th (flat 7th) note Bb.
And finally the 10th fret of the 4th string leads us back to the Root note, one Octave from where we started, and is the note C.

Continuing up the neck the notes repeat themselves as the blues scale is made up of the notes:
Root, b3rd, 4th, b5th, 5th and b7th.

The blues scale is the most powerful scale in all music. It fits particularly well when played over I7, IV7 and V7 chords. That's why these chords make up most blues tunes.

The blues scale can be used over many other types of progressions as well, in any style: blues, rock, funk, jazz, metal, country, hip-hop, pop and ear-candy-pop that you hear on the radio that sounds great on first listen, ok on the second listen and really awful from the third listen on!

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

2. Partial C Blues Scale - 1st Position - Lead in Notes to the Root

Here's a partial blues scale. Starting on the 1st fret of the 6th string we are playing the 4th followed by the b5th and 5th note at the 3rd fret. Then play the b7th on the 1st fret on the 5th string and then slide your index finger up to the 3rd fret of the 5th string so you are on the Root note C and are ready to play the blues scale from 3rd position shown in pattern 3.

E|-------------
B|-------------
G|-------------
D|-------------
A|--------1-3-
E|-1-2-3------

3. C Blues Scale - 3rd Position - Two Octaves

You can play the entire C blues scale (after playing the lead in notes shown in pattern 2) from 3rd position and moving it up to 5th position as follows:

E|---------------------------6-8-
B|--------------------6-7-8------
G|-------------3-5-8-------------
D|------3-4-5--------------------
A|-3-6---------------------------
E|--------------------------------

4. C Blues Scale - 3rd Position Variation- Two Octaves

You can vary the pattern played in 3 above if you want. Instead of moving up to 5th position when you get to the Root note on the 5th fret of the 3rd (G) string, you can stay in 3rd position and play the b3rd using your middle finger on the 2nd (B) string located at the 4th fret.

Then move up the guitar neck, still using your middle finger, to play the 6th and the 7th fret. Play the 8th fret with your ring finger (you are now in 6th position as your index finger is located at the 6th fret) and then play the b7th with your index finger and Root note with your ring finger.

E|---------------------------6-8-
B|------------------4-6-7-8------
G|-------------3-5-------------
D|------3-4-5--------------------
A|-3-6---------------------------
E|--------------------------------

Mr Personable Bass Tab

The bass guitar tab shows the bass line using mostly Root and 5th notes for the main bass parts but there are also walking bass runs up to the Root note (located on the 3rd fret of the A string) and also walking down to the 4th on the 1st fret of the E string and also walking up to the 5th (located on the 3rd fret of the E string).

By learning this bass line you'll be able to use it to play good blues bass in any key. The bass line starts on the Root note C. To play this in any other key all you have to do is move the Root note to the fret of the key that the blues you want to play is in.

If you want to play a blues in the key of D then start playing at the 5th fret on the A string where the note D is located and play the same pattern below (except you'll be playing every note 2 frets up the bass guitar neck).

To play in the key of E, shift the pattern up another 2 frets to start it on the 7th fret of the A string.

Even if the rhythm is different you can use this bass pattern. You can play the notes using a shuffle beat, a straight beat with an 8th note feel, or with a 16th note funk blues feel like with this backing track.

Take the notes from this bass line and use them to see what you can come up with. Vary the notes from chord to chord, how you walk into each Root note and try adding other notes.

Keep the rhythm nice and tight and play short notes that help add the funk to the feel of the tune.

G|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|-3-3-3---3-1-3-3----3-3-0-0-1-1-2-2-3-3---3---3---3-3---3-3-1-1-0-0------
E|--------3----------3-------------------------3---3---3------3---------------3-3-

G|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-------3--------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|-----3---3---3-----3------0-0-1-1-2-2-3-3---3---3---3-3---3-3---------------
E|-1-1-------1---1-1---1-1--------------------3---3---3-----3------0-0-1-1-2-2-

G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-------5------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|-----5---5----------3-----0-0-1-1-2-2-3-3---3---3---3-3-3------0-0-1-1-2-
E|-3-3-------3-2-1-1---1-1-------------------3---3---3--------3-3-------------

Mr Personable Drum Chart

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Web page with drum instruction: Mr Personable Drum Chart

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Mr Personable Drum Instruction

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