Closed Boogie Woogie Riff
This is the fourth lesson in the Boogie Woogie series. As I’ve mentioned in the previous lessons, the Boogie Woogie pattern is one of the most pervasive bass lines in Blues and Rock and Roll. It’s the foundation for literally thousands of lines. So, it’s pretty important if you want to play Rock or Blues.
In the first lesson, I showed you the basic pattern, going UP. In the second lesson, I demonstrated the basic pattern going UP and DOWN. The third lesson looked at adding the Flat 7 to the riff. This time, I’m going to show you a “closed” Boogie Woogie. Watch the video, and use the sheet music as a guide. As always, first learn the notes in order, but not in time. Next, play along with the slow version, until you’ve got it down. Remember to increase tempo slowly so that you maintain perfect accuracy. Finally, you can play along with the regular tempo version.
In the video, I show you the notes for the foundation of the riff, one at a time, followed by demos at several speeds, starting with the slowest tempo and returning to normal speed. Finally, we’ll look at the variations used when going between chords, and during the turnaround.
As you can see, the sheet music and TAB provided show the pattern played across a 12-bar Blues. Because Blues songs can have a dozen or more verses (including solos), I strongly suggest that you work up to the point that you can play the 12-bar at least ten times in a row perfectly. This will prepare you for playing this pattern with a band.
As always, have fun, and…
Aim High – Play Low
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