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12-Bar Blues


This book/CD pack is solely devoted to providing guitarists with all the technical tools necessary for playing 12-bar blues with authority.
Level: , 61 pages
RefNr: HL695187
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Written by: Dave Rubin

Format: Method Medium: Book/CD
Series: Publisher: Hal Leonard
Genre: * | Blues - Rhythm | * | Rhythm - Blues | * | Blues - Progressions |

The term 12-bar blues has become synonymous with blues music and is the basis for an incredible body of jazz, rock 'n' roll, and other forms of popular music. This book/CD pack is solely devoted to providing guitarists with all the technical tools necessary for playing 12-bar blues with authority. The CD includes 24 full-band tracks. Covers: boogie, shuffle, swing, riff, and jazzy blues progressions; Chicago, minor, slow, bebop, and other blues styles; soloing, intros, turnarounds, accompanying keyboards and more. In standard notation and tablature.

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Book of the Month 2002-07

There are too many books on the market with just transcriptions and licks. There is nothing wrong with transcriptions and licks. But you need to have a solid foundation if you do not want to be just a copy cat. Dave Rubin's book 12-bar Blues helps you to build the foundation if you want to play blues. It focuses on rythm guitar, which is what keeps the music togheter.

Dave Rubin starts with the very basic, and move gradually to more and more sophisticated blues playing. To each example there are comments where Dave Rubin with insight and humour discusses the key mucical elements, and give references to songs where you can hear this elements played. All the examples in the book can be heard on the CD that comes with the book.

The book starts with a very interesting introduction on "The Origin of 12-Bar Blues", co-written with Edward Komare. It is a well researched article that traces the 12-bar form (but not the blues) back to England in the mid 1500s - the time of Henry VIII (who himself composed a number of song, with Greensleaves being the most famous).

When it comes to the guitar playing, the book starts with 12-bar blues type 1 and type 2. They are in the keys G and A, played with closed chord voicings, typical of Texas and Chicago rythm guitar. It continues with two swinging shuffles, one in A played on treble and middle strings, and one in G on bass and middle strings. At the same time he discusses the function of the 6th chord in this context, and introduces the I#°7 (dim7) in the 8th bar. From swing it goes to boogie shuffle, with two examples in E and A, before moveing to some Chicago Riff Blues with bass and double stops in A.

Now the book goes to minor, with one rather straight forward minor blues in Am, and one jazzy minor blues in Cm. Then it is back to riff blues in major keys. First two with single string riffs G and A, followed by a single string and double stop riff in G. Next comes two Boogie Woogie Blues, one in C and the other in G. They are both played with closed voicings, meaning that they are all moveable.

The last section on rythm playing have four tunes named Jazz, Jazzier, Jazziest and Be-bob Blues, and the titles says it all. The first two are in the key of C, then Bb and finaly G. The book ends with discussion with examples of Turnarounds, Intros and Soloing over a 12 bar blues.

Dave Rubin is one of my favourite writers on blues and rock guitar. He writes with a deep insight, and he does not try to make short cuts. The book 12-Bar Blues is highly recommended.

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