Sol Teaches You the Blues

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Sol is not just a great player, but also a great teacher… Here’s a clip of him teaching one way to move to the IV chord during a minor blues solo.

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Okay, before we move on to working on
our majors and taking this a little bit
further, I’m going to show you one more thing.

We have this — we’re going to be sticking within
this 12 barre sequence with our minor chords as
our 12 barre. And we’re going to be focusing on
making things a little bit more different when we
change to our 4-chord, which is going to be the
2nd chord in our minor sequence or barre-5.

It’s going to be our F-sharp right there. Minor.

Now, if you notice, look at the top three notes
of this chord. Let’s break it down. Let’s get rid
of this one, this one. Okay, so we’ve just got these.

Now, look at these notes. Look at what they are in
relation to the C-sharp minor scale. This is the
C-sharp minor scale, not the F-sharp minor scale,
because we still end in the key of C-sharp.

Look. There’s our root, C-sharp. Then we have our 6th,
like we just did. And our 4th. These are all in that scale.

Let’s make a lick out of that. I mean, it makes
sense and you know it’s going to sound great
because it’s pretty much made-up of that F-sharp
minor chord.

So let’s like make a little rake out of it.
You don’t have to sweep this; you could just
alternate pick it and play it slower.
But I’m actually raking down.
I’m going… Like that. You see?

Now, let’s make a lick out of it. Yeah, that’s
great like right there. We’re also incorporating
that second note into it. So it’s just an all around,
a great lick and it works perfectly with that minor chord.

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