Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Twelve Bar Blues in C Aeolian

Check out the frequent use of the open third string in this one. Lots of chiming or twanging G droning almost all the way through this chorus.

I don't hear this as the first chorus of this particular blues. You could easily simplify this Aeolian blues by omitting one chord from each bar that contains two distinct voicings. Then play it again putting the voicings you removed back in.

Beware the funky mb2 and Susb2 chords. Those are b9 chords that have no 7th in them.

The Minor b2 has a minor third. The Susb2 has no third. It's a quartal voicing.

I was particularly tickled with the voicing in bar 10. It has a tone cluster of G, Ab and Bb in the bass that is just so gnarly. Probably not too good with your fuzz pedal, though. Unless you're into that sort of thing.

Bars 1-4

Bars 5-8

I left the last two bars blank so that you could write your own turnaround:

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Dm said...

Hi there!
Great composition. I've been trying to figure out a tune using Minor 7ths but I cannot, for the life of me, come up with something that sounds good together. Can you help me?

I start out with Amin7 to Bmin7 as the verses but as for a chorus I don't know...

The old "I-IV-V" blues pattern tells me that the verses happen to be the IV&V and that I should go to the I (Emin7?) for the chorus along with something that goes with that (Fmin7 maybe?).

I don't know...I'm confused and there are govies hanging around our lab so I can't pull out my '51 and try out those chords.


P.S. Your blog ROCKS!!! If you ever have a get together in the area, I'm out in Frederick!

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