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Modern Blues

Advanced Blues Reharmonizations and Melodic Ideas for Guitar

By Bruce Saunders

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Advanced Blues Reharmonizations and Melodic Ideas for Guitar. Composed by Bruce Saunders. Saddle-stitched, Technic. Private Lessons Series. Jazz. Book/CD Set. 48 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20415BCD).

Item Number: MB.20415BCD

ISBN 9780786668960. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

Modern Blues is for intermediate to advanced players wishing to expand their melodic and harmonic vocabulary. The music is in standard notation as well as tablature and a CD is included in which the more difficult exercises are played at a slower as well as faster tempo. The CD was recorded with live drums, acoustic bass and guitar. All the exercises are included on the CD as well as many practice tracks that enable the student to play with a rhythm section. The book covers such topics as reharmonization, exotic chord/scale combinations, intervallic and triadic exercises, alternate pentatonic suggestions and exercises and many other topics.

  • Chapter One: simple harmonic ideas 
  • Form: major blues 
  • Harmonic elaboration: major blues 
  • Arpeggio ideas, Ex. 1 F blues 
  • Arpeggio ideas, Ex. 2 Bb blues 
  • Arpeggio ideas, Ex. 3 F blues 
  • Arpeggio ideas, Ex. 4-6 
  • Motivic arpeggios, Ex. 7-9 
  • Chapter Two: fourths 
  • F mixolydian four-note fourth voicings explanation/example, Ex. 10 
  • Bb mixolydian four-note fourth voicings, Ex. 11 
  • F# melodic minor four-voice fourths explanation/example, Ex. 12 
  • Db & Eb Melodic minor four-note fourth voicings, Ex. 13-14 
  • Study #1, blues in F, comping four-note fourths 
  • Study #2, blues in F, comping four-note fourths 
  • Three-note fourth voicings, Ex. 15-16 
  • F#, Eb, & Db melodic minor three-note fourth voicings, Ex. 17-19 
  • Study #3, blues in F, comping three-note fourth voicings 
  • Arpeggiated three-note fourths, Ex. 20 
  • Study #4, comping three-note fourths, blues in F 
  • Arpeggiated three-note fourths, Ex. 21, blues in F 
  • Eb lydian, three-note fourth voicings 
  • Study #5 (Blues for J.T.) 
  • Ex. 22 one chorus solo ala Joe Henderson on Blues for J.T. 
  • Chapter Three: minor blues 
  • Ex. 23 Gmi7 pentatonic scale against Cmi7 chord 
  • Ex. 24 C minor blues form 
  • Ex. 25 dominant b7b13 chord and harmonic minor 
  • Ex. 26 C harmonic minor exercise 
  • Study #6 C minor blues 
  • Study #7 5/4 C minor blues groups of 3 over 5 
  • Chapter Four: more complex harmonic ideas 
  • Charlie Parker style F blues 
  • Study #8 Parker blues exphasizing upper-structure 
  • Ex. 27 Coltrane blues changes 
  • Ex. 28 Cycle blues changes 
  • Study #9 Bb blues with Coltrane changes 
  • Appendix A: practice tracks 
  • Practice tracks 36-41, F, Bb and G blues 
  • Practice tracks 42-47, Db, C minor and C minor 5/4 blues 
  • Practive tracks 48-53, F Parker blues, F and Bb Coltrane blues 
  • Appendix B: alternate vertical elements 
  • Ex. 29, Alternate pentatonic vertical elements, G minor pentatonic 
  • Ex. 30, C minor pentatonic alternate voicings 
  • Ex. 31, G minor pentatonic fourth voicings 
  • Ex. 32, C minor pentatonic fourth voicings 
  • Ex. 33, C harmonic minor fourth voicings 
  • Ex. 34, F harmonic minor fourth voicings, Ex. 35, C harm. Minor non-fourth voicings 
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