Blues Rockabilly Riff, I wrote this a few minutes ago. I was thinking a little about Flatt and Scruggs the great Bluegrass players and I picked up the nearest guitar that I could find, which happened to be my semi-acoustic Ibanez 105N, pictured below.
I was going to write a Bluegrass type of tune and the following came out instead, it’s sort of a rockabilly riff I guess, a litle like ‘Your Mamma Don’t Dance’ by Loggins and Messina. It’s what I call a ‘Three Chord Wonder’, a tune with three chords only but a valid piece of music.
You could play it slow, fast, Electric, Acoustic, Swing…whatever. So long as it is IN TIME. Start slow and gradually get your speed up. So many players are in a hurry to play fast, it’ll come.
To download the printable pdf file click the link g_blues_rock_riff
Early today I was writing a Blues Variation Scale for my other guitar blog and I thought it would be a good idea to write a very simple Blues In G for Acoustic Guitar because the other blues I wrote was more of a scale variation than a song. My humour got the better of me when I went to name it and I could help calling it ‘G String Blues’ . This blues doesn’t use any full chords but uses parts of chords. I find this way of playing chords can open up a guitarists playing. It’s built around a standard Minir Blues scale that consists of the notes G, B flat, C , D flat, D, F, G, it deviates out of that on a couple of occassions over the C7 chord and also over the D7 chord. This way the chords are ‘IMPLIED’ , not actually played but hinted at, this helps create a little tension and release.
For those that aren’t readers of music dots, don’t be too concerned, just note that the first chord of the G7 bar is held for one whole beat and from then they are half beats. e.g. count 1 2 and 3 and 4 and.
As I have stated, this is a simple blues but it can be built upon and would make a very nice jazz blues, try to vary the melody a little once you get it in time.
To download a printable version, click on the link g_string_blues3