Ben’s Blog : Part 10
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Have you ever seen a film called quot;Back to the Futurequot; staring Michael J Fox?
Do you remember the bit at the end of the film where he gets on stage and
plays Johnny b good at the high school prom? That's What I'm Talking
Rock 'n' Roll is Great Fun. It's a type of music, which is hard to dislike
because it has 'feel good factor'. When songs like 'Grease Lightning', 'Happy
Days', 'Jail House Rock', 'Johnny b good' and 'Rollover Beethoven', come on
the radio, people go into a profoundly stupid mood and start wiggling and
jiving to the beat. Rock n Roll always has a smile on its face, and that's why
it's worth learning to play. Reggae also has the same 'universal appeal'.
Even the most hard core 'death-metal shred-head teenage dirt-bag' would
be happy to relax to the sound of Bob Marley and it's the same for Rock 'n'
Do you want the good news?? , Rock n Roll is simple to play!! Most Rock n
Roll songs actually use the same set of chords, just with different lyrics over
the top. The chord sequence is called a '12 bar'.
This is also the same for Blues. Blues and Rock n Roll are Cousins, Blues
tends to be slower, Rock n Roll tends to be faster, and both can be played
with the same technique.
Blues can also be a lot of fun. Lyrics like quot;I woke up this morning, my baby
had left me, my dog was dead, and the car had been towedquot; ﾝ spring to
mind! It can be a lot of fun to play lead guitar and improvise over the top of a
blues songs. Blues is typically very moody. It's a good opportunity to
express some emotion in your playing. One of the segments of this eCourse
is all about how to put plenty of expression and emotion into your
improvising, you will receive it soon. Blues is a very cool way of learning to
About 5 years ago I was in a covers band called 'Chew Blue', we played lots
of rock n roll and 70s tunes. Obviously, the type of bookings we got were
50th and 60th birthdays. At the time I was still a teenager so most of the
audience were at least twice my age, but it was fine because bands tend to
get treated well, fed good food and paid generously at gigs like that.
Also, I spent a few years in a Duo called quot;The Funk Junkiesquot; with a singer
called Matt Baker. We also included a lot of rock 'n' roll in our set even
though we were playing night clubs and student balls a lot of the time.
People of all ages appreciate rock n roll so it's worth learning!
So, Would you like to learn some boogie woogie riffs that you can entertain
your friends with? Would you like to learn the intro to 'Johnny b good' (like
he plays on 'Back To The Future')? , Ok Good.
Slick your Hair back and get your shad e s on, we're gonna learn some rock n
(If you have been playing for some time already, you may already be familiar
with blues and rock n roll. If so, I sugge st you watch the mini-video anyway,
becau s e there are many different technique s to learn, and my way is
probably slightly different to somebody else's way, so you're bound to pick
up some new tricks. Once you've watched it, then click the link below and go
to the archive where you will find 'full-length- video- guitar- lesson s ', more
advanc e d technique s and song s which will challenge your playing ability
even further. This 2-part eCourse is mainly aimed at beginner guitarists so
some of it may seem obvious to you. However, stick with me, becau s e each
segme nt I send you will focus on different technique s, so there's plenty here
for you to enjoy.
To Watch Your MINI-VIDEO- GUITAR- LES S ON 'Rock n Roll / Blues Style' (I
sugg e st you do watch it!) click the download link above or below.
Once you've watched the mini-video- guitar- lesson, BROWS E THE
At www.vGuitarLes s on s.com/archive. There's a whole selection of different
rock n roll song s such as 'Roll over Beethoven’, 'Jailhous e rock’, 'Happy
Days', 'Johnny b good' and many more.
Also, if you have friends who are learning guitar, send them this link
www.vGuitarLes s o n s.com/course becau s e I'm sure they will benefit from
this eCourse also.
Until next time, keep practising, and enjoy playing guitar no matter what
stand ard you are at. I'll see you in a few days with the next segme nt of your
eCourse, where I’ll introduce you to 'Funk'. Remember don't make it more
complicated than it needs to be, start simple, follow my instructions, and
your ability will improve as you continue to practise.
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