Blues Improvisation

When I created my blues solo improvisation, I had to use many musical techniques, such as C,F,G blues scales, some riffs and various tempo changes.


You will need to know the blues scales, the walking bass because in your solo, you have to use the notes from the walking bass, according to the chords. For example, when the chords are C, I can play C,Eb,F and repeat these in an unique rhythm. If you expand your notes till an octave, it is better and requires more skill because you will need to switch faster. In the riffs, you will need to match your notes with the background chords. When the background chord is C, I play something that will match with the C, when it turns to F, I change my melody to something that matches the F. Also, in my music, I use a technique called “repetition” and this is good because you repeat the same thing and the audience will be familiar to this part. I also tried to change speed a lot because this will give interest to the audience.


Blues Music

In music we have a big BLUES unit! It is new and we have learnt a lot of different blues.


During our unit, we have listened to many blues from many countries and places and even a guest (blues player) came to our school and taught us a little knowledge about the blues. We also learned about the origin of blues, and how it evolved in many ways starting from the Mississippi River. Not only we learned ABOUT the blues but we also played the blues so we learnt how to play the blues and all the different scales and chords.


At the start of the unit, a guest called Steve Gardner came to our school and we learned a lot from him. The biggest thing we learned from him is that blues is a music that combination of many cultures and blues affected other music genres. Steve Gardner said that music is a conversation where they talk and communicate and told us that we should be able to hear music and various ways and sometimes, not playing is a big role in the music and the communication. For the communication, it is like someone talking and taking a breath for the next speech. In music, it is like the music has a rest and the audience will be waiting for the music to start again. We also learned that blues was about the slaves, the slaves (African-American) during the 19th century  and the dreadful life of them. But as slaves decreased, white people started to develop blues music to jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, and call and response music. After Steve Gardner’s visit, we acquired a lot of knowledge.



When you play the 12 bar blues, you need to know 3 types of blues patterns. The 12 bar blues is a very distinctive pattern of chords and the chords are pretty interesting too. You play: 4 bars of C chord, 2 bars of F chord, 2 bars of C chord, 1 bar of G chord, 1 bar of F chord, and 2 bars of C chord. For each chord, I add a sevens so for chords, I play the C7, F7, and G7. For C7, I play the C, E, G, Bb, for F7, I would play F, A, C, Eb, and for G7, I would play G, B, D, F. This is my chart for playing my chords:

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12 Bar Blues Chords

The first one is slow, and the second one is faster.


C Blues Scale

The first one is slow, and the second one is faster.


Walking Bass Line

The first one is the original one, and the second one, the melody is 2 octaves higher. The third one, is faster than the other two.