You’ll learn chord voicings, fingerboard harmony and single string soloing techniques, with a variety of styles covered, from the urban blues of B.B. King and Albert Collins to the more complex swing of Charlie Christian and Aaron “T-Bone” Walker. We’ll dive into alternate chord cycles and rhythm playing and we’ll work with transcriptions to develop strong melodic solos. Prerequisites: familiarity with the 12-bar blues progression, ability to play barre chords in several shapes, basic knowledge of the minor pentatonic scale, some picking facility.
Saturdays 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
4/21 – 6/16 (9 weeks)
Danny Caron and Anthony Paule • $375
COURSE #: 958
COURSE TITLE: Blues and Swing Guitar
Learn chord voicings, fingerboard harmony and single string soloing techniques. The instructor covers a variety of styles, from urban blues (B.B. King and Albert Collins) to swing and jump blues (Charlie Christian and Aaron “T-Bone” Walker.) Explore alternate chord cycles and rhythm playing, and work with transcriptions to develop strong melodic solos.
Students are expected to learn basic and variations on basic 12 bar blues progressions, slow blues, shuffle styles, and other grooves. Both solo and accompaniment. Instructor demonstrates all styles. Students accompany each other and play together and listent to original tracks. Students are expected to learn and perform a song of their choice in class, both solo and accompaniment.
familiarity with the 12-bar blues progression, ability to play bar chords in several shapes, basic knowledge of the minor pentatonic scale, some picking facility.
– Custom “pure blues guitar” CD created by instructor.
– Transcriptions of tunes on CD by instructor for all students
– Instructional handouts on theory and technique
– 12 bar blues form and turnarounds introduced
– Common and necessary chord forms for the blues
Overview of grooves and styles expected of a blues guitarist on the gig. Nicknames, shortcuts, nomenclature. Demonstration.
– Rhythm guitar parts to create locking ensemble feel in the various grooves: shuffle styles (chicago, texas), slow blues (4/4 &. 12/8), new orleans street funk, james brown 16th note approach etc.
– Technique: comping in various styles: with pick, fingers, pick and fingers together.
Major and minor pentatonic scales and their uses in blues melody playing. The blues scale. Locations on guitar.
– The repertoire: knowing blues guitar standard tunes
– Discussion of individual styles that have become integral to the blues: Jimmy reed, T-bone Walker, B.B. King and others.
Minor blues forms: green onions, thrill is gone, etc.
– Eight bar blues: key to the highway, trouble in mind, etc
– Pure blues using jazz changes: Gone With ‘What’ Wind, Stormy Monday, Nightlife, Little Walter, etc.
– The harmonized major scale; an overview and how it relates to blues.
– The major scale in five positions and relevance to blues.
– Listening and transcribing: living with an artist for a while to get their style and phrasing. Working with transcriptions, in class.
– Students perform for and with each other.
Danny Caron (guitar)
B.A. in English and Music, Oberlin College and Conservatory; graduate of Howard Roberts Program, Guitar Institute of Technology, Los Angeles. Best known for being music director and guitarist for the legendary pianist and vocalist Charles Brown until his death in 2000. He has played and recorded with Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Clifton Chenier, Donald Fagan, Hadda Brooks, Red Callender, and many others.
Anthony Paule (guitar)
A.A. Degree from CCSF. Has toured and/or recorded with Maria Muldaur, Boz Skaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Barbara Lynn, Earl King, Big Jay McNeely, Johnny Adams and many others. Released three solo albums, “Big Guitar” and “Hiding In Plain Sight” and “You Don’t Know Nothing” the latter with soul singer Frank Bey. Has performed at festivals including Monterey Jazz, Umbria Jazz, San Francisco Blues, Mississippi Valley Blues, Du Maurier Jazz, Waterfront Blues, S.F. Jazz, Atlanta Olympic Games.