Slow Blues Feel Guitarist with a brain injury

Discussion in 'Blues Solo Construction Kit' started by GeoffreyWinn, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. GeoffreyWinn

    GeoffreyWinn Blues Newbie

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    Hi. I have an acquired brain injury, so it is quite hard to follow lessons, but I have been working hard on my guitar lessons for two years. I bought the Blues Slow Solo Construction Kit, which I think is great. The idea is perfect for a person with a brain injury. But I cannot understand how it exactly works?

    Griff says in the Introduction that you can use licks in one position, but don’t swap positions (eg do not swap position one lick 2 with position three lick 2). That’s ok, how do you move from one position to another position (1-7) if the licks are in different keys? It's probably because of me, but I find the instructions are not clear.

    Thank you very much for help by everyone.
     
  2. MikeS

    MikeS Allen, TX
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    He's not saying not to change the licks so that they match the key you are playing in he's just saying that a lick that works in position 1 may not work in another position.
    I think he intentionally did that so that we would get used to learning a lick in one key, but still be able to apply it to another key.
    For instance
    if lick 1 is in A (A7 chord say)
    then when the chord changes in bar 5 (which would be the IV chord and in the Key of A it should go to a D)
    if the lick for that bar is in another key (let's say G, which would have a C7 or C9 as the IV chord )
    then all you have to do is move everything in that lick up two frets and it will be in the key of A

    I know that may sound a bit confusing, so if you still don't get it, let me know.
     
  3. Paleo

    Paleo What's the root?

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    Check out Griff's introduction to Solo Example #1.

    Here he explains how to move licks into the same Key.

    He randomly picks one of the 5 possible licks for each position and moves them all down into one key, G.

    Here's a summary chart for this solo example:

    Position....Lick....Original Key
    ......1...........3.............C#
    ......2...........1.............C
    ......3...........4.............C
    ......4...........1.............G
    ......5...........5.............D
    ......6...........3.............C
    ......7...........4.............C#

    What might be causing a bit of confusion is using the word "position" in two different contexts; the position in the progression and the position on the fretboard.

    The position of the lick within the progression (1-7) doesn't change.

    However the position or area on the fretboard you play it in does change.

    A position 1 Lick will always occupy the same place in a progression regardless of the key, but it will start on a different fret for each key.
     
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  4. GeoffreyWinn

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    Thank you very much!


     
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  5. GeoffreyWinn

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    Thanx. I will sit down and try to understand. Thanx for that. Geoffrey