Learn Blues Guitar: How To Add Latin Flavour To Your Blues

Learn Blues Guitar: How To Add Latin Flavour To Your Blues
By Mike P Hayes

The blues have always been about expression and it’s important to remember that the blues continues to evolve, adapt and absorb the sounds of the times; you can hear this if you listen to the type of blues played in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and it continues to evolve today.

Most guitar players are familiar with the 12 bar blues format but there’s also plenty of other ways to play the blues e.g., form wise there’s the 8 bar, 16 bar and 24 bar variations as well as many different harmonic options for the creative guitarist to explore.

Here’s some ideas to freshen up the often overused 12 bar blues.

Instead of this…

A /// | A /// | A /// | A /// |

D /// | D /// | A /// | A /// |

E /// | D /// | A /// | A /// ||

Try…

Am7 /// | Am7 /// | FMaj7 /// | E7#9 /// |

Am7 /// | Am7 /// | FMaj7 /// | E7#9 /// |

Dm7 /// | E7#9 /// | Am7 /// | E7#9 //// ||

The idea is to introduce an element of surprise to your blues playing…

… the soloist could still play the ‘A’ minor pentatonic or ‘A’ blues scale over this entire progression without encountering any problems… they would just sound cooler than they normally would (because of your new and exciting chord progression).

Here’s a list of the changes we made and the thinking process behind each alteration.

Surprise 1:

Use of Am7 instead of A major – this immediately creates a different mood; you could use a plain Am in place of the Am7; I used the Am7 to create a softer less “edgier” sound that would blend nicely with the Fmaj7.

Surprise 2: Fmaj7 chord – I’ve borrowed the FMaj7 from the A Harmonic minor scale; this is definitely a surprise and the effect is like a ‘splash of cool water’ on your face; very refreshing.

If you are backing up a soloist at a jam session watch their reaction when you play this chord; it will take their solo to a totally different place as they react to your ‘surprise’ chord.

Note: FMaj7 is scale chord 6 in the A Harmonic minor scale.

Surprise 3: E7#9 chord – initially I’m thinking of this chord as a E7 since E7 would be scale chord 5 in “A’ Harmonic minor.

You could play a variation of the A minor blues without the E7#9 and simply play a straight E7.

Like this…

Am7 /// | Am7 /// | FMaj7 /// | E7 /// |

Am7 /// | Am7 /// | FMaj7 /// | E7 /// |

Dm7 /// | E7 /// | Am7 /// | E7 //// ||

Try both versions and see which one you prefer… now, back to the E7#9.

You may not recognize the chord by name however I’m sure you have heard the E7#9 sound, it’s often referred to as the “Hendrix” chord as it was a signature chord on many of Hendrix’s tunes e.g, “Purple Haze”.

The E7#9 is an altered dominant seventh chord derived from the “E mixo-lydian sharp nine pentatonic scale”.

E mixo-lydian sharp nine scale: E – G – G# – B – D

Note: I’m using E7#9 to create more musical tension in the progression.

Surprise 4:

In bars nine and ten I switched the chord sequence around, instead of playing the traditional bass note progression of E in bar nine moving to D in bar ten I played D in bar nine and E in bar ten.

Some chord options for you to try.

Am7

-0–

-1–

-0–

-2–

-0–

-x–

FMaj7

-0–

-1–

-2–

-3–

-X–

-x–

E7#9

-3–

-3–

-1–

-2–

-X–

-x–

Dm7

-1–

-1–

-2–

-0–

-X–

-x–

or

Am7

-x–

-5–

-5–

-5–

-x–

-5–

FMaj7

-x–

-5–

-5–

-7–

-8–

-x–

E7#9

-x–

-8–

-7–

-6–

-7–

-x–

Dm7

-5–

-6–

-5–

-7–

-5–

-x–

I would like to invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking the link below. Feel free also to share this with your guitar playing friends.

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel – http://www.youtube.com/bestbeginnerguitar

Like Me on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/guitarlessonsbeginner

Follow me on Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/musizman

Best Beginner Guitar Lessons – https://www.bestbeginnerguitarlessons.com

Mike Hayes develops systems and products to help you succeed in your guitar playing. Find out more about how to learn guitar fast with his popular free ecourse, available at:

=> http://www.guitarcoaching.com

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Mike_P_Hayes
http://EzineArticles.com/?Learn-Blues-Guitar:-How-To-Add-Latin-Flavour-To-Your-Blues&id=8322260

 

 

learn blues,learn blues guitar,blues guitar,12 bar blues,learn guitar,blues,harmonic minor