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ll of my knowledge on the subject, but I also researched and talked with many, many hosts of jams, as well as the folks who get up and do the jamming to really get to the essence of what is the most sure path to jamming excellence. We called this the Blues Jam Survival Guide, because I really think this is all the information you need to be a confident jammer and successfully survive any jam night. Some of the things that I teach in this course: I break down 7 essential grooves you NEED to know at any jam night: Texas shuffle, Slow 12/8 blues, Rhumba blues, Boogie Woogie, Slow shuffle, minor blues, Funk blues. Not only do you get the basics of these grooves but you will also learn 45 different chord variations, embellishments and substitutions to spice them up. There are also 75 licks and riffs including 25 go to licks that will be great for any blues situation. Licks are covered from 7 different scales: Minor pentatonic, Dorian, Mixolydian, Major Pentatonic, Blues scale, Half Whole diminished, and the Harmonic minor. There is also an in depth look at Guide Tones to keep your playing fresh, and Bubble Parts that work over almost anything, and are great to know if you are unsure of a tune! There is some real "insider" stuff like what it means to start on the 5 chord, different rhythmic feels and controlling your sound from a place you might not think of.
In addition to all of that, there are 8 different sections where we went to a blues club to a live jam and shot video of the band onstage! At the live jam I go over important concepts for each section and then you get to see the live band doing it the "wrong" way, and then the "right" way. This way YOU get to develop your ears and understand how it is supposed to sound. Then we sat down with these incredible players and seasoned jammers and got some great info on how to have a successful jam in 6 separate interview sections. There are over 115 "tips" on what you need to know to make your jam night experience the best it can be! Plus you get 43 jam tracks that you can use to hone your chops and practice all the stuff you are learning.
Special thanks go to these players who performed at the jam night and offered
pearls of wisdom to help speed up your jam learning curve:
Hardage aka “Sarasota Slim”:
guitar slinger-songwriter and self-avowed
Florida Cracker. His unique guitar and vocal style has made him a legend in the
blues world. From electric guitar to traditional dobro, and fingers to slide the
man is a master. You can hear his amazing style by visiting
a master of soloing in unique timing and a man with the voice of a
songbird, Tommy is an international recording artist/performer and has performed
and recorded with just about everybody and their brother from Stevie Ray Vaughn
to Commander Cody to Levon Helms, the list goes on and on. Tommy is also an
inventor of some cool musician-centric products including Microphome, check out
his website for more details
Bellman aka “Jer Ber”:
harmonica player /bluesman is not only a monster blues
harp man but also a designer of very cool harp microphones including a design
made from old Harley Davidson light parts.
is a multi-award winning Florida vocal legend and has performed with
many greats including touring with Janis Joplin's original band Big Brother and
The Holding Company. Wendy's gift for songwriting can be heard on her website
is a young talent with an incredible ability to make a guitar scream the
blues. His talent has put him on stage with many local Florida legends as well
as a long list of international touring artists.
toured and recorded with many Nashville legends before landing in Tampa
Bay as keyboardist for Wendy Rich's band and many other local bands. Bobby plays
B3 like a master and keeps up his chops as an organist for a local gospel church.
bluesman; has played drums with many Chicago blues legends including
Jr. Wells and Buddy Guy. Put a guitar in his hands and a mic in front of him and
you will hear the blues in a way that only happens from years of experience and
a life of hardship - this man has the blues in his blood.
Arzt aka “Reverend Doctor Otis T. Sugarbear”:
is one of the premier bass players
in the Tampa Bay area. Touring the state as the bassist for Sarasota Slim, and
many others, Bill has established himself as one of the most in-demand blues
bassists in the state of Florida.
Lasner aka “Red”:
Red is an icon of the Blues Jam scene in the Tampa Bay
area, hosting the area's #1 Blues Jam event for 17 years. Having picked up the
guitar at the tender age of 6, Red is also an accomplished player having rubbed
elbows and performed with great and famous musicians including Buddy Miles, John
Sebastian, Derek Trucks, Robben Ford and many more. Red is also a TrueFire
educator and longtime Friend of the Fire. Learn more about Red and his TrueFire
This is a course I feel will truly give you what you need to get up onstage and be the player that everyone likes to play with!