Swing Blues in A (Guitar Lesson)


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Eric Madis

Swing Blues in A

Eric teaches a swing blues progression. He teaches the progression in the key of A and explains how licks from previous lessons can be played over it.

Taught by Eric Madis in Electric Blues with Eric seriesLength: 14:17Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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playingthebluesplayingtheblues replied on November 25th, 2014

hi awesome lesson eric love theblues

jimmykjimmyk replied on November 8th, 2014

Hi Eric, I'm Jim and bit older than Dave, I've been playing chord melody for quite awhile and always tried to shove some blues into those tunes and you are making that very possible plus you have a great gift for teaching. Best Regards, Jim

jimmykjimmyk replied on November 8th, 2014

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stoneguy1stoneguy1 replied on October 29th, 2014

Hey Eric, I'm Dave and I am 71 years old. I have been playing guitar since I was 7 years old. Blues is where it's out for me. I just wanted to say I really like your style of teaching. I am really getting a lot from it. Thank You. Dave

juliancbyrdjuliancbyrd replied on July 29th, 2014

What would be a good TBone song to learn that follows this progression? I learn better if it is attached to a song I can lean.

RomaroRomaro replied on July 10th, 2014

Hi Eric, I am puzzled with this lesson as the video does not cover any of the lesson exercises? Or am I missing something? Thanks Allan

gharringtongharrington replied on August 29th, 2013

Eric How do do 9 chords when playing Jazz and why do finger them differently for that genre ?

jaggarsjaggars replied on January 29th, 2013

I'm really enjoying this series of lessons. For the most part, they've covered ideas that I'm already familiar with, although I really enjoy your method of teaching Eric. I have to admit though, this swing rhythm is giving me fits. I'm really beginning to realize that my right hand needs some serious work. But it's work that I don't mind doing. Thanks a lot Eric for the great lessons.

aze0117aze0117 replied on April 27th, 2012

Hi Eric? can you give us some example solo with this chord progression that we can know how to apply the licks properly. Cheers. Love you lesson indeed. Thx

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on November 19th, 2012

Sure, in fact in the past several weeks, I have covered this topic in my live lessons on the JamPlay live Q&A sessions. My sessions are on Mondays between 11am and 1pm (Pacific Time). I have been showing how to develop themes to play over the 12 bar sections, based on developing one idea over the 3 main chords. Thanks for your kind words also. Take care.

robertdavis5robertdavis5 replied on April 27th, 2012

Hi Eric. Thanks for all of your efforts to teach us. I is clear that the licks you teach must be memorized and their application spontaneously will come. I have a question regarding blues/jazz guitars options. I love your es315. I am practicing on my songwriter with 12's and doing bends "okay", but in 3 weeks I have worn the windings off of the 3rd string at the 4th fret. Does the es135 bend easier? What is a good alternative to the 135? Thanks again, Bob

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on November 19th, 2012

Hi Bob, The ES-135s are nice guitars and can still be found used, although Gibson quit producing them about a decade ago. I really need to work on mine (replace the frets). However, I have owned four of the them over the years and they are nice guitars. However, depending on how loudly you will need to play, there are many other hollow-body and semi-hollow guitars out there that do a nice job. I generally use .11s on my ES-135 and the 3rd string is unwound, so that would make a big difference in your experiences with strings. However, I don't advocate putting that light of a set on your acoustic guitar. You can, but it won't give you much sound acoustically. But then again, D'Addario makes some good sets of .011s (extra light) acoustic strings that are not too bad. However, they come with a wound third string. Even so, I would recommend getting an electric if you wish to go far into that type of blues.

aze0117aze0117 replied on April 25th, 2012

Hi Eric, Great lesson, I really learn a lot of tricks from your presentation, you just make the things easier!!! I just have think if you can make more chords lesson which we can know how to find the chord for our licks we playing, it will be more practical to understand. Love your great bules lesson!!!

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on November 19th, 2012

You make a good point, and thank you for your kind words! As you know, I do a live lesson 11am-1pm (Pacific Standard Time) on Mondays, so if you have a particular think you would like me to cover, just send me a note and I will cover that. Take care!

memphismemphis replied on February 21st, 2012

What seems cool is how most of the John lee hooker e licks work so well in the key of a here, too.

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on November 19th, 2012

Oh sure, it is all related! The more you know, the better it goes!

mtbluesmtblues replied on February 13th, 2012

I think the chord chart has an error. The A9/C Shouldn't that be a C#?????

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on November 19th, 2012

Yes, that is correct. The A9 substitution is a C#m7b5. Thanks!

sendbahtsendbaht replied on February 4th, 2012

This is a great lesson...Thanks Eric.:))

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on November 19th, 2012

Thank you!

bluesman1bluesman1 replied on July 22nd, 2010

Eric they should really have you add to the Jazz series. There's only one small jazz series and more blues series than I can count and I know you'd be a great jazz instructor!

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on September 7th, 2010

Thanks very much. I would like to add more jazz things to my series. I have taught and played (gigged) jazz a lot, but compared to jazz guitarists (I have many friends in that category), I would not be the right guy for a jazz series. Keep up the great work though, and thanks for saying hi. - Eric

blueguitar24blueguitar24 replied on March 26th, 2010

wow great lesson...!

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on April 21st, 2010

Thanks! - Eric

tunelessbluestunelessblues replied on March 7th, 2010

Did T-bone generally play in the key of A?

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on April 21st, 2010

Not so much...but that was because he played with orchestras and horn players (generally jazz players) who prefer flat keys (F,Bb,Db, Eb, Ab), C and G. But, it does not matter. A is a good key to teach in, because it is centrally-located on the fretboard. Best regards, Eric

lakehoglakehog replied on January 25th, 2010

Eric. Thanks for the lessons. They are great!!! The lead lessons are fantastic but the chord progression lessons are just as cool. Will there be more of them coming? Thanks for the great job. It's had a huge impact on my playing.

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on February 5th, 2010

Thanks, my friend! Yes, I hope to return to the JamPlay studios and give you not only some new progressions and chords, but also some bottleneck or fingerstyle blues lessons. - Eric

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on December 20th, 2009

T Bone really opens up a lot of the blues improvisation (and chording) technique for everyone. His work is so important in the greater scheme of things.

floorshakerfloorshaker replied on November 18th, 2009

Hi Eric. This is all great! Thanks for all the new lessons and thanks for replying to all our comments. Jamplay is worth it just for you and Hawkeye!

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on December 20th, 2009

Hey man, you are as much a part of this as I am....so thanks for using the service and for keeping in touch. - Eric

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on December 20th, 2009

Thank you much!! - Eric

demonoiddemonoid replied on October 1st, 2009

omg this is so awesome.

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on November 7th, 2009

Thanks!! Eric

Eric.MadisEric.Madis replied on November 7th, 2009

Thank you!! Eric

nate_thegreatnate_thegreat replied on October 2nd, 2009

agreed. i'm already figuring out some of t-bone's songs from these lessons.

floorshakerfloorshaker replied on October 25th, 2009

Wow! Love the mini-Eric inset at the end of Scene 2. Nice touch you tekkies!

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Basic Blues Shuffle

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Applying the Memphis Blues

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Learning A Licks

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IC Blues

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Simple Blues Lead

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Play Like T-Bone Walker

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T-Bone Walker Lick

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Exploring T-Bone Walker Licks

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T-Bone Walker Licks Continued

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Lesson 18

Swing Blues in A

Eric teaches a swing blues progression. He teaches the progression in the key of A and explains how licks from previous lessons can be played over it.

Length: 14:17 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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Stormy Monday Blues

In this lesson, Eric Madis teaches the blues progression to "Stormy Monday Blues." This progression is played in the style of T-Bone Walker and Earl "Fatha" Hines.

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Stormy Monday Blues Introduction

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Lesson 21

Transition Licks

Eric Madis teaches a series of licks that can be used to transition from one pentatonic pattern to another.

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Second Position Licks

In this lesson, Eric Madis demonstrates popular blues licks within the second pattern of the minor pentatonic scale.

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The Thrill is Gone

In this lesson Eric talks about one of the classic blues tunes, "The Thrill is Gone," by B.B. King.

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Third Position Playing

In this lesson, Eric Madis introduces the third pattern of the minor pentatonic scale. This pattern is used frequently by the likes of B.B. King.

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Using Third Position

Eric Madis once again talks about third position and how it can be used. He also introduces a slew of new licks.

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Locrian Mode

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Dorian Mode

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Modes & Minor Key Blues

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Dominant 7th Arpeggios

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Diminished 7th Arpeggios

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You Don't Love Me

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Mode Application Continued

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Blues Bass Groove

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Blues Bass Groove #3

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Blues Bass Groove #4

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Wolf's Groove

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Minor Progression Major Chords

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Tribute Blues Shuffle

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Chicago Style Funky Blues

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About Eric Madis View Full Biography Eric Madis is a guitarist, singer and composer, a versatile artist whose playing and compositions reflect his diverse and thorough background in American music. Whether performing in an ensemble or as a soloist, he exudes a love and a mastery of the blues that have been refined by years of experience in jazz, country, rock, and even Hawaiian music. What results are performances that include authentic renderings of old rural blues, personal interpretations of modern urban blues and jazz standards, and original music that defies strict categorization, but that draws heavily from these traditions.

Eric lives in Seattle where he leads his own ensemble, performs as a solo act and performs in the Seattle Swing Trio. He has released four CDs on Luna Records, and is currently working on a fifth. He is on the faculty of the National Guitar Workshop and Dusty Strings Music and teaches guitar privately.

Eric lived his formative years in Colorado with a family that was musical (his mother was an accomplished opera singer), and began his music study on the piano at the age of nine. He began performing shortly after picking up a guitar at ten years of age. By the age of sixteen, he was performing in Chicago-area coffeehouses. He has accompanied artists as diverse as bluesmen Big Walter Horton, Sunnyland Slim, Deacon Jones, Hawaiian luminaries Irmgaard Aluli, Kekua Fernandez, Emma Sharpe and author/poet Nikki Grimes.

He has led bands in Illinois, Texas, Colorado and Washington. He has opened shows for Robben Ford, James Cotton, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Mem Shannon, Hawkeye Herman and author Sherman Alexie. Eric's four albums have received critical acclaim, including regional airplay and nominations from NAMA and Washington Blues Society (WBS). He has received 16 Best Blues nominations from WBS, was a finalist in the New Folk Awards at the 1981 Kerrville National Folk Festival, a finalist in the 1991 Seattle Guitar Starz competition, and has music featured on five film soundtracks. Eric has taught guitar classes at Denver Free University, University of Washington's Experimental College, Northwest Folklife Festival, National Guitar Workshop, and Canada's Guitar Workshop Plus.

Whether performing in a group or as a soloist, at a concert or a small club, teaching privately or a large workshop, Eric is a dedicated professional, with commitment to the quality of his art and to his audience.

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I'm a fifty eight year old newbie who owns a guitar which has been sitting untouched in a corner for about seven years now. Last weekend I got inspired to pick it up and finally learn how to play after watching an amazing Spanish guitarist on TV. So, here I am. I'm starting at the beginning with Steve Eulberg and I couldn't be happier (except for the sore fingers :) Some day I'm going to play like Steve! I'm self employed with a hectic schedule. With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace, rewinding and replaying the videos until I get it. This is a very enjoyable diversion from my work yet I still feel like I'm accomplishing something worthwhile. Thanks a lot, Greg


Bill

"I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students."
 

I am commenting here to tell you and everyone at JamPlay that I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students. I truly enjoy learning to play the guitar on JamPlay.com. Yes, I said the words, ""enjoy learning."" It is by far the best deal for the money.



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