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.


Music Yesterday

At school, in music class, we have been learning a song called “Yesterday” by the Beatles. We practiced for about 3 weeks and it was very fun and exciting when we performed, ON STAGE!


This was the whole process to learning Yesterday.

First, we got the music sheet which had the lyrics and the notes for instruments. We needed to memorize the lyrics first.

Second, we got into a group and chose roles. There were 2 pianists and I played the guitar for the group. Others were all singers.


Third, the instrument people practiced their own parts and matched the rhythm and beat with the singers.


Fourth, we practiced as a whole group until we were perfect, and although we were perfect, we kept on practicing for the performance.


I think the good part was that we didn’t make major mistakes and we performed almost perfect. I got the chords correct and most things were fine and I loved the audience’s reaction. I think they liked it! But, the bad part is that on one chord, I didn’t press hard enough that it didn’t make any sound. I was lucky because this was the part where the singing was loud and the singing blocked the sound of the guitar. Also, this happened near the end of the performance, so I think that I lost concentration and didn’t hold the chords properly. Next time, I think I should work on concentrating more. (My friend told me that I was looking at the piano at the end)


Hi guys!


Just to let you know, today I’m going to write a reflection about a class we had: MUSIC. I’m going to tell you what I learned in this lesson.


First thing, I learned what is called a interval. I knew this in Japanese but I didn’t know what is called in English. Interval is the distance between 2 different pitches :highest to lowest! For example, from the high C to the low C, the interval is always 7. So if there is an octave difference, the interval will always be 7! Other than that, if is it the low C to the low E, the interval is three because you count: C, D, E.


Second, I learned a word I never knew. I didn’t know that if your interval is at least 3, you call this a leap. This means that if we chose the low C and the low D, the interval become 2 (C, D) so this wouldn’t be a leap. Now we can know that when there is a leap, there needs to be a note in between of the 2 notes you chose. Ex; C-E (there is D in between C and E).


Third, I learned that melody can be without any instruments. I learned that you can make any kind of melody with your mouth or even your own body. Try hitting yourself in the head. There will be a thock sound and if you continue that for a while with different rhythm, you will create a melody. Now try it! Other than that, try kicking a wall with different beats. There will be a bum bum bum bum sound if you kick a wall. If you want to make a melody interesting, you can change the length of the sound.


Next, I learned that whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes and rests can change the interest in melodies a lot.. A lot.. A LOT! So….. If you keep on playing quarter notes for a long time, the audience will get very bored even if you change the note. But if you add in eighth notes and half notes, the melody will become interesting. A plain interesting. If you want to put a “VERY” you will neeeeed to add rests. If you keep playing, then it will kind of just pressing the notes. But if you add rests, the audience will clearly understand the melody and rhythm. After you do this, the music will become “VERY interesting.”


Last, I learned how time signatures work. There are many different time signatures, but I will tell you the 3 main signatures that I use a lot. By the way, I don’t know what these numbers meant until this lesson! The 3 main signatures are: 3/4, 4/4, 6/8. Now I learned that the top number is the amount of beats that interacts with the bottom number. The bottom number means the note speed. So lets talk about the most common: 4/4. From the bottom. Since the bottom number is 4, this means there are quarter notes. Since the top is 4, that means there are 4 quarter notes in a phrase/measure. For 6/8, there is 6 eighth notes. For 3/4, there is 3 quarter notes in a measure.


Overall, I learned mainly about melody, rhythm related things (Signatures and etc.) and intervals. I think that music has many different ideas that creates a very good sound. Also I think the three things I learned are very important and they build up a very good melody.


Favorite Melody


I like the melody because the pitch between high and low is very clear and easy to know. Also I like the beat and the rhythm. In this case, I like the rhythm because in this song, the background music is unique and the singer makes a good combination with the instruments.