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newb question about The Art of the Blues Guitar

 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:45 pm    Post subject: newb question about The Art of the Blues Guitar Reply with quote

I just picked up The Art of the Blues Guitar DVD - love it - but I have what I suspect is the first of many questions (as will be obvious I'm pretty light on music theory).

My question is, why are only G, C, and F major triads used in examples 2, 3, and 4? Is it because they are the I, IV, and V chords for C?

thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:19 pm    Post subject: correction - The Art of Blues Rhythm Reply with quote

same question - DVD title is The Art of Blues Rhythm
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

robl, I can't answer your questions, but I noticed you're from Andover, MA, "right down the street from me". Interested in jamming?

JZ
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:27 pm    Post subject: Re: newb question about The Art of the Blues Guitar Reply with quote

robl wrote:
I just picked up The Art of the Blues Guitar DVD - love it - but I have what I suspect is the first of many questions (as will be obvious I'm pretty light on music theory).

My question is, why are only G, C, and F major triads used in examples 2, 3, and 4? Is it because they are the I, IV, and V chords for C?

thanks


The answer would be yes.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pierre - thanks - very helpful.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnnyZ wrote:
robl, I can't answer your questions, but I noticed you're from Andover, MA, "right down the street from me". Interested in jamming?

JZ


Johnny - I'll send you an email.

rob
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 6:25 am    Post subject: Re: newb question about The Art of the Blues Guitar Reply with quote

PierreL wrote:
The answer would be yes.


I agree--I think the answer is yes, it's because they are the I, IV, and V triads. Or, put another way, it is that they are the major triads in the key.

I think the simplicity of it is really the point--it's an idea that is easy to remember and apply, yet can produce surprisingly musical results.

Might be worth exploring the minor triads as well (Dm, Em, Am)?

Tom
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe my question will be a little too late for this subject but in the examples 2,3 and 4, playing the 3 same chords C, F, G, you use them over a G7 on example 2, over a C on example 3 and over a Dm on example 4. Could someone explain me why please???
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At that point, I think that Robben looks at the G7 as the Mixolydian mode.
If you build chords on each degree of this mode you will get the following chords (in G Mixolydian) :
G7
Am7
Bm7b5
CMaj7
Dm7
Em7
FMaj7

So you still get the three major triads C, F and G, and obviously you can also use them on each of the chords derived from this mode (such as C or Dm, but you could play them over Em for instance).
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I agree with you Pierrel but there is still something I don't understand. Why does example 2 sound so good over a G7, why does example 3 sound so good over C, and why does example 4 sound so good over Dm. You use the 3 same chords C, F, G!!!! Is it the way they are ranked?
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