This study guide will give you a row of lessons to check out how to solo on an F Jazz Blues. The material will cover basic and advanced chords and voicings, arpeggios, scales and also some of the things to check out if you want to work on being able to play better melodies in your solos.
The 12 bar blues is an essential part of the Jazz Repertoire. The F Jazz Blues is probably the most common key. Famous pieces like Straight No Chaser, Billie’s Bounce and Au Privave are most know themes played in F.
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The Jazz Blues Survival Kit: Basic Scales and Chords + an Etude
The first three lessons deal with a basic chord vocabulary and how to use it when playing important chord progressions and jazz standards
Expanding your chord vocabulary
Where the basic clear voicings are presented in the previous section you can move on to a higher level by checking out these two lessons.
The first is directly continuing with the material from the Survival kit and the second is introducing Drop2 voicings.
- F Jazz Blues Comping – Jazz Chords and Concepts
- How to use Drop 2 Chords on a Jazz Blues – Bebop Skill
Arpeggios and Soloing
The best place to begin with soloing and expanding on it when approaching the blues from a bebop perspective is probably to check out the arpeggios. Being able to play the harmony is very important and a very solid foundation to build on.
The Blues in Jazz also has a specific language that is worth checking out. Adding this on top or next to your bop vocabulary is very useful. This video goes over 5 examples of lines mixing these two traditions.
- 5 Jazz Blues Licks in F
- Guitar Solo With Only Triads – Jazz Blues
- Motif Solo on an F Jazz Blues – Melodic soloing
Developing Phrasing for both chords and solos
Playing Chords does require more than just knowing what chord to play where. Some of the other parts of phrasing chords on a blues are dealt with in this lesson. The lesson is not using an F blues as an example, but the information in it will greatly help you get a good hard-bop blues vibe.
More Modern sounds
There are also more modern approaches that you can apply to an F Blues. Quartal Harmony and Pentatonic sounds are very common devices in Modern Jazz.
- Quartal Harmony on a Jazz Blues
- 9 Pentatonic ideas on an F Blues
- 5/4 F blues lesson – Odd Meter Improvisation
Chord Solos is a must in mainstream jazz and this lesson goes over how to work on playing chord solos on an F blues by demonstrating a chorus and giving some exercises to develop your own chord vocabulary that is aimed at playing chord solos
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