“That's a Breakthrough!”
Wow - so nice to play such a simple riff over the jam track, using the two upper octaves. I even found myself "following the chords" through the changes, using what I learned from previously doing that course. It just seemed to come naturally. THAT's a breakthrough!
“Yo tank ye very much!!!”
"Grand Mr Boettcher" as me Irish mammy might exclaim - getting to link all three riffs together on the A backing track now - yo tank ye very much!!!
“Love the melodic feel of the copycat rhythm!”
Excellent Jonathan, getting into my "gettin' it off my grumpy 64 year old shoulder blues!!" Love the melodic feel of the copycat rhythm!
Watch out there... even managed to set up a jam practice with a Robert Johnson influenced geetar player (heard him in a post lockdown session in a pub garden last Sunday) about 12 miles from my house in his music room next week... as the guy above said ... raptures ... possible euphoria!
“Making music - not just learning stuff!”
I really enjoyed this course. I already knew my way around the minor pentatonic scale (at least what I now know as Box 1), so I didn’t have too much trouble getting to grips with the riffs themselves. But the beauty of it came for me in building on the idea of following the chords, and the idea of repeated melodic themes to create interesting solos. It all seemed to come together for me in terms of making music rather than ‘just learning stuff’, if you know what I mean?
“I Like The Simplicity!”
So far so good. It's kind of basic but what I think I need at this point. I've been playing for a while but only recently feel like I am making progress (finally). I like the simplicity - it forces me to try short and simple licks that hopefully I can retain and build on. You provide 3 - 4 notes in the examples and as it turns out that is all that is needed to get going. That said, my fingers begin to wander to adjacent notes/strings and that may or may not be a good thing.
“Now I'm beginning to "hear" where the music wants to go!”
Have just finished Module 1. Having all the action in Box 1 certainly takes the pressure off where to go next – except that I’m now beginning to “hear” where the music wants to go and have started using the extended scale to get there! But that’s OK I guess? And I can always run back to Box 1 if I get lost.
All good stuff!
“Icing on the Cake!”
This idea of the psychology of listening to music, with the notion of creating anticipation with repeated themes, really makes sense. Having reached this point in the course, and building on I IV V, Scale Patterns and Following the Chords, I am reaching the point where my solos are beginning to flow satisfyingly over the chords in the jam track, and I am starting to land intuitively on the root notes when the chords change. So nice! And this idea of repeated melodic themes is the icing on the cake.
“Well conceived and executed!”
Well conceived and executed! Great idea to laser focus on Box 1 with flatted fifth. Had fun and learned by doing tons. Thanks for making it available. Moving on now to Slow Blues Solo in "A". See you there!
“I liked this course a lot”
I liked this course a lot. There were a couple of dozen ideas that led to others all over the fretboard.
My looper arrived this week so I'll have new things to work on. Thanks.
“I got better the third day”
Your solo sounded great when you played it, but not so great when I played it. You used an unfamiliar scale position (I’m a relative newbie), but I got better the third day. I need to do more work on it. I don’t give up. Ray
“This was perfect for me!”
I thought this course was great. It was just what I needed, I got a lot out of it. The way you consistently explained the riff patterns great. The play alongs were great too. I have several of your courses. This was perfect for me. Do more like this one. I got a lot out of the multiple riff play alongs.
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