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Deep Blues

Deep Blues: Old Blues, New Chords

June 20, 2011
Instead of using dominant chords throughout the progression, we will add a diminished seventh chord as well as some minor seventh chords. Let’s get started.
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Deep Blues: Albert King - Bendin' the Blues

May 24, 2011
Learn how to add quarter-step bends to blues phrases and create blues licks in the style of Albert King
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Deep Blues: The Thrill Isn’t Gone—Comping Over a Minor Blues

May 3, 2011
In this month’s column we’re going to spice up the minor blues by adding some extensions to our chords.
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Deep Blues: Blues on the Move - Transitional Blues Licks

April 5, 2011
A look at a few blues licks that use the modes to transition from one chord the next.
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Deep Blues: Pentatonic Passing Tones

January 26, 2011
Spice up the minor pentatonic scale by adding some cool passing tones
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Deep Blues: Target Tones - Tighten Up Your Blues Comping

December 31, 2010
Rhythmic styles based in horn and piano parts of Albert King and James Brown tunes.
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Deep Blues: Target Tones - Tighten Up Your Blues Soloing

November 29, 2010
A cool strategy to use over a 12-bar blues to land on the coolest notes of each chord
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Deep Blues: Bending - Essential Techniques for Blues Soloing

November 4, 2010
Work on developing your ears and muscles to execute accurate bends for a vocal style of playing
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Deep Blues: Hammer-ons and Pull-offs - Essential Techniques for Blues Soloing

October 5, 2010
Mastering hammer-ons and pull-offs is one of the best things you can do to take you from a beginning blues player to the level of blues soloist
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Deep Blues: Turnarounds With Triads

August 31, 2010
Using triads to illustrate how to construct turnarounds
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Deep Blues: Creative Comping - Developing Dominant 7th Chords

August 6, 2010
Cool ideas to offer unique sounds to your rhythm playing
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Deep Blues: Blue Triads

July 8, 2010
Dennis McCumber explains why you should pull those old blues triads off the shelf
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