Blues School

Learning Outcomes

The Blues” has been and continues to be a potent influence on an incredible range of musics: rock, jazz, folk, soul, gospel, country, pop and beyond. Here you will learn some definitive blues vocabulary (bass lines, rhythms, comping patterns, and right hand licks) in a variety of styles that you can mix and match to develop your own unique style. Enjoy!

Links to Lessons

Blues Form

Blues Vamps

Blues Scales

Blues Rhythm/Grooves (in development)

  • Straight Time Blues
  • Blues Shuffle
  • Triple-Feel Slow Blues

Comping Patterns

(Some of the following links are temporarily down as Frank upgrades the images and audio. Stay tuned for frequent updates over the course of June & July!)

  • Grace Notes
  • Repeated Notes
  • Tone Clusters
  • Duplet Riffs
  • Triplet Riffs
  • Triplet Runs
  • b3-b5 Licks
  • Tone Clusters
  • Glissando
  • Horn Splats
  • Tremolos
  • Crossover Licks
  • Third Phrase Licks
  • Pickups
  • Intros
  • Turnarounds
  • Endings

Study Aids (temporarily down for upgrade)

  • Practice Tracks: Straight Time Blues
  • Practice Tracks: Blues Shuffle
  • Practice Tracks: One Chord Vamps
  • Practice Tracks: Two Chord Vamps