How to Play 12 Bar Blues Guitar Riff On Bass line Ray Charles Style

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Here´s a cool blues riff in the style of Ray Charles!

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How’s it going everybody. My name is John McClennan
and I’m here with, bringing you
this video blog. I want to show you today a Ray Charles
blues bass line and a cool way that you can just walk
a bass line through the blues on guitar.

Playing a bass line on guitar can be really fun.
So start with this simple line. We’re going to play
on the 1st fret here, then the 3rd and then the 1st
string and then the 3rd. So those are our notes.

We’re going to go one, two-and, three, four.
And then who shoot down the octave again and play
those same notes. What I did there is I just took
the same riff and I started it one string higher,
started on B flat, which is going to give us the
next chord in the blues.

And then you jump back down to your F. C and I can
slide into that one, if you want, which is, again,
the same riff now copy/paste to the 3rd fret. And
then I go to the 1st fret, because you have the…
Just typical sound of the V chord going down to the
IV chord and then I.

And you can either stay here and then start at the
top again or you can go and play a C7 sharp 9, which
is a good ole Jimi Hendrix chord: 3rd fret, 2nd fret,
3rd fret, 4th fret.

So let’s try the whole thing slow, from the top.
One, two, three, four.

So there you have it, Ray Charles blues bass line
on the guitar. And a song for reference would be
like “What I Say” by Ray Charles, because this is
kind of that piano lick they used to do in there.
And then be sure to click the link below for the
tab for this.

Let’s play it out one more time up to speed.

All right thanks for watching and we’ll see you
in the next lesson.

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