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Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 10: Self-jamming, 9th Chords & Chord Diagrams

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 10: Self-jamming, 9th Chords & Chord Diagrams

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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3 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 10

    • 2. Jamming with Yourself

    • 3. Substitute Jazz 9th Chords and More Open Chord Diagrams

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Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 10: Self-jamming, 9th Chords & Chord Diagrams

This is the tenth class in the series. In this class we learn how to jam by ourselves by switching between rhythm and lead, to add jazzy 9th chords and we conclude with more open chord diagrams.


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Brian Jackson



Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I've published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I've also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon... See full profile

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1. Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 10: Have you ever wanted to take private lessons from the world's greatest professional guitarist? Yeah, me, too. How about settling for me instead? Consider this. I played guitar off and on now for the last several decades and still consider myself to be an advanced beginner. But that still makes me probably a better guitars than you. Another thing to consider. I seem to be a good teacher. I taught several friends how to play blues, rhythm and leave. Now I'm asking you to join the team, not because I'm a great guitarist. I'm far from it. Not because I've developed some revolutionary new teaching method, though I may have. You don't know not because I'm out to make a $1,000,000 though. Wouldn't that be cool? I'm asking you to join me because it will be fun for both of us. This'll course is unique and that I'm not a very good guitar player, So taking this course is more like sharing guitar tips with a buddy. It's less intimidating than spending lots of money and learning from a professional. So come on, let's play some blues guitar together. There are few things more rewarding on this planet than making music with. We'll begin with learning how to play open E and open a power courts. The core, the blues and rock and roll was in just one finger. Then we'll add that be accord using the second finger. And from there were off to the races. Power chords, open courts, bar courts, rock and roll rhythm and blues shuffle with it's all Here in guitar diagrams and talent. The course includes information on a how to play lead guitar and comes to a climax with the solo blues intro Shuffle, Turn Around and singing and lead Conclusion. By the end of this course, you'll know everything you need to play. Begin blues, rhythm and lead guitar or your money back. No, seriously, you Demi offers a 30 day, no questions asked. Money back guarantee on corgis is courses purchased, so there goes your risk. So if you ever wanted to learn how to play blues guitar way, not join me for a one buddy session while we learned together, I'll see you in the classroom. This has been Brian 2. Jamming with Yourself: Hey, everybody, welcome to jamming with yourself. I think this is kind of an interesting lecture, and in fact it's almost the culmination of everything you've done in this lecture. We're going to try and pull it all together, and ultimately you're going to listen to me jam with myself a little bit so that I can give you an example of how to do this. So even if you're around the campfire and let's say people are pulling out their guitars, people know a little bit of blues. They get nervous, right? If somebody starts playing, they will get the attention. Plus, they could possibly get others involved. And the other thing that I like about this is you're gonna spend a lot of time playing by yourself. So get usedto learning how to play the blues and how to play leads. The first thing that I want to mention is these points toe play the blues, play the rhythms really well, play them better than I dio and basically for the rhythm. What you're gonna do is you're gonna play an introduction, you pick or go out in the Internet and find a cool blues introduction and work on it, practice it and then play a muted alternating note shuffle pattern and then play a turnaround and then go into accorded blues shuffle just to be different and then pick a turn around and make it a conclusion. So that's what you're gonna do rhythmically now at the same time. Here's the trick. We're gonna work in Leeds. There's two ways to work in Leeds. If you're singing, then you wait for the natural break where the person isn't singing to play the leads like I'll play a rhythm for bars one and two and sing over it and then I'll play, Ah, lead that consumes the next two bars or other words. Three and four. We play that for you. I got the blues so bad I don't know what to do That way I don't know what todo e I don't know what to do. I don't know. You just go for it. I think we're reaching the limits off what I can teach you. But the idea is to go back and forth between singing, which I have a hard time doing while playing guitar and playing guitar, which I have a hard time doing while playing guitar and playing lead. If you could merge the moment altogether and just practice this, go real slowly. Um, the other way to do this is to just play one chord of the upcoming bar and then play a lead like So go back and forth, either Stop courting, just play Accord to suggest what the cord would be in that measure. And then you play your lead instead. So you get one chord and then you gotta jump right into that lead. And that's kind of tough. And that's what I'm messing up here. - There you go. Even threw in a little ninth chord there. So mess around, Play this stuff, play intros, so OK, as far as playing rhythm, right, play your introduction and play the alternating pattern. Then play chord patterns playing g play. It may play and see. Play it in open E, although you're never gonna play a lot in open E because people get used to using the one finger there is a bar, and they can do that for the other. What is that? 12 keys or 11 keys? So why playing this weird 12th key so you'll play a lot of G a lot in a, um, certain instruments, like playing in certain keys. There you go. Play your rhythms by yourself and then work in your lead. You've got two ways to do it. Sing along with your blues. It's pretty easy actually, to sing the blues and to play it. Uh, yeah, I would recommend you go out and actually find the lyrics on the Internet to, ah, traditional 12 bar blues song instead of trying to make up lyrics. That's the way to play lead and blues together. And what did we learn? Oh, and what are we going to dio? We're going to play a solo blues, So at this point, you have to play the solo blues. That's the exercise. I've given you some examples. It's just fun to sit around and just do it. Play the blues, play some rhythms when she got the rhythms going than just suggest the rhythms and play your leads, sing over the top of them and have fun. What did you learn in this lecture? You learned how to play solo blues guitar. At least you got some ideas and encouragement to do so. In the next lecture we're gonna look at substitute Jazz, ninth chords and Mawr Open chord diagrams and words. There's gonna be more stuff to learn, so I'll see you there. 3. Substitute Jazz 9th Chords and More Open Chord Diagrams: Hi, everyone in this lecture, I wanted to just clean up a few odds and ends that were missed. It's gonna be a short lecture. So let's get right onto it and get done. We're gonna learn how to play substitute ninth chords. It's kind of a jazzy cord and, ah, few open chords. They're really handy to know that I kind of missed. So let's go with E Substitute Jazz, Ninth Chord. So here we have the second cord that we're playing. Remember that A. And we're up with a bar at the third fret noticed the nut is gone. So we've moved up the neck a little bit And on that third fret, we play. This is kind of a sloppy A right. I usually bar it and then I put my third across all the fingers, and I get in a that way. Well, instead of playing that a consider playing this 89 substitute cord over on the right. So you do it on the on the G kind of bar where you would typically bar except you put that one note just down one more. So let me play the two chords together. So you can hear how they sound. Here's the original A nine Red. Now, listen to this jazzy ninth chord. Doesn't that sound cool? So as you're going along in G right going on instead of that trading the a knife Chorzow Oh , it's jazzy. What about if you put a slide in there? Oh, if you slide that a nine in there, it sounds really cool with this here, you can put the ninth and again way with Okay, so you can put the ninth in on those a shape cords. There is 1/9 for the e shape cord, but it's really ugly, and I'm not gonna show it to you. So look it up on the Internet if you really want to play. Ah, substitute e ninth. But it sounds really nice substituting that accord and hear what we've got as our exercises to play that substitute nine. It's just fun to play because you have your you have your three fingerling against so many strings. It's just I love sloppy little chords like that. So here it is. Play the ninth chord in place of the A and that would be exercise one. Now the decks thing that I want to hit you with. We somehow went straight through open chords without talking about a C and F Origi court. Now that F court is actually a bar chord. But there are so many c f G songs in the world that I want you to know these chords. So let's play the sea and skip that top Skip that top string a zehr strumming and then the - ah , there are a lot of c f. G saw you play with these cords Enough, You're gonna run into other songs that you recognize, So practice them, practice your C skipping the top string theory barred F and the G and practice going between all of them cause you're gonna play them together and that is your next exercise. So go ahead and play the C f and the G cords. And then finally, when I wanted to hit you with is the d chord, which is the other open missing court. And since I only have one court here, I thought I'd show it to you in all of the different forms. So here's the d. Here's the d minor on. He was the D seven, right? So you can do things with that to add that into the rest of your open courts. And now that you've got let me see, you got E A, g, c f and D. You've pretty much got all the open court. You gotta be seventh in there too. You should be able to play most songs now just by looking and seeing the cords and go out Well, okay, you gotta memorize the cords. But once you do, you're gonna be able to play a lot of songs with these missing chords. So play the D chord forms. And what did we learn in this lecture? We learned how to play a substitute d ninth or a substitute ninth chord. Oh, that sounds so blue, are jazzy. I am so into that cord and how to play the C f right way Go and the dealio. So with those cords, you should you pretty much have it all. Now you're ready to go out and start playing guitar. So in the next lecture, we're gonna have our first jam session, and we're gonna jam chords together. Well, you can play lead over the top of you want, but I've got a separate jam session for playing lead anyway. That's what we're gonna do is jam sessions. You've learned everything that I know now it's time for us to play a guitar together, so I'll see you in the next lecture where we started jamming.