B flat Blues Lessons

In this bundle of ten lessons, I give an introduction to blues and exercises in the key of concert Bb. The idea here is to get you comfortable with different concepts, listening to recordings and pulling out vocabulary, and get your head wrapped around how to play the blues appropriately.


Blues Bundle PDFs

The “Blues Bundle” is a series of Bb Blues Exercises that I’ll be uploading videos for in the coming month. This PDF handout is jam-packed with a breakdown and examples of: Kansas City Scale, Blues Scale, Major Blues Scale, Blues Scale Harmony, 3-b3 Riffs, and Chord Riffs Level I-III. This is a perfect way to dive into the learning different approaches to the blues form.

Treble Clef
Bass Clef
Bb
Eb


“Blues In B Flat” Ben Webster Solo

Check out this transcription of one chorus of Ben Webster’s solo on “Blues In B Flat” from the album “Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster”

PDFS:
Concert
Bass Clef
Bb
Eb


Blues History

West African culture, slavery, and their links to the blues. Lessons pulled from “Blues People” by Leroi Jones (Amiri Baraka) and some knowledge from Yusef Lateef as well.

Link to purchase “Blues People”

Link to Yusef Lateef video


Kansas City Scale Riffs

PDFS:

Concert

Bass clef

Bb

Eb