CVI1 Lesson 3

We will step into the blues in this lesson.
You will learn how the blues is built up and the chord progressions that are common in this style.
Major and minor and intervals are explained and the chords of every step in the scale is formed.
We will learn a little different approach to improvising as we will anticipate on chords using chord stacks.
The major / minor pentatonic scales and the blues scale will be explained and exercised.
Let’s play The Blues

1 Intervals, Major and minor

In this lesson we start with intervals and Major/minor.
We'll see that the 3rd determines the major or minor of the scale or chord.
First we have to know what intervals are and what kind we have.
The first 3 tabs are a bit more about theory, but we will get our hands dirty on them in the rest of the tabs.

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2 Chords

All about the basic chords, major, minor, inversions...
We will learn the triads on the violin in the 1st position of D, A and G.
A different approach to a basic improvisation are knowing what chords are coming.
Other than playing by ear, we will use the chord notes and work with chord-stacks
This will be used in the Blues exercises of the next tabs.

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3 How to use chord-stacks

Before we start let me explain how we will use chord-stacks.
Then it is up to you.

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4 1st exercise chord-stacks

Hands on!!
Let's build it up slowly, just the long notes now.

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5 2nd exercise chord-stacks

The same as in the previous tab, but now we will do half-notes.

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6 3rd exercise chord-stacks

The same as in the previous tab, but now we will do quarter notes, mix them with half notes.

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7 Chord Stacks, playing notes in between too.

We emphasise the chord by playing its notes, but we can make more of a melody by playing notes in between too.

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