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Blues Orchestration Series 1

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In this tutorial we are going to learn to play a blues type arrangement for solo guitar. To orchestrate means to put many parts together. In this tutorial we'll combine a walking bass line with upper chord tones. The end result is two parts playing together at the same time.

One of the most wonderful things we can do with the guitar is orchestrate: play more than one note (or part) at a time.

In this arrangement there are two distinct, separate parts: a bass line & a repeated diad (two note "chord") on the open E & B strings. Start by simply playing the bass line. Once you get a handle on it then slowly add the open string hits on the eighth note triplet swing upbeat, in between the notes of the bass line.

You can play with a pick, your fingers or both using hybrid picking! We'll have a look at all of these techniques.