Watch the Jazz Rock Workshop online guitar lesson by Fareed Haque from Jazz Rock Workshop
Playing night after night on the one-chord vamp can get boring. But if we accept the challenge to creating new and interesting twists and turns on the one-chord vamp, I think you'll find that it is a worthwhile task that can lead to many new and uncharted territories.
Remember that for centuries, music was linear, melodic and modal in nature. Music from anywhere in the world was based on ONE key and ONE scale. One-chord vamp music is the oldest and most powerful music of all time. In fact, each culture, nation or even tribe had a different scale and key. So don't feel that jamming on one chord is 'simple' or 'basic' or even less 'serious' than jazz or classical music. Believe it or not, all that music is relatively new and unproven…jazz has been around for 120 years at best and classical music for only about 400 years. Whereas Indian music, for example, is one of the most advanced modal types of music and has been around at least for 5,000 years (amazing, but true)!