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Young Blues SingerCheck out Brendan McFarland!  The boy who shocked the guitar store owner with his incredible voice.  Very cool to hear someone of his age (or any age) singing with soul.

I know it makes me sound like an old fart but the music today just sucks beyond all understanding.  Sure there are pockets of brilliance but for the most part there’s nothing to cling to.  So inspiring to see this kid belt it out in style!

You can watch and listen to him HERE.

 

These guys to a pretty good job jammin’ the 12 bar blues.  It’s a lot of fun and beginner guitar players should learn how to to this and have some fun with it.  The chords involved here a B-E7-F#7 (I-IV-IV).  As far as soloing over this chord progression, your first approach should be to try the B Major Pentatonic.  The nice thing about this scale is that you can play it all over the different chords without ever changing.  Now over the course of the tune, it’ll start to get a little stale so you’ll want to mix in some other tricks.  I would add some B Minor Pentatonic at just the right spots.  It’s best to put on a backing track in a 12 bar blues pattern and practice, practice, practice!

If you really want to get jazzy with it ala Wes Montgomery…

Play the blues scale a fifth up from the root of every chord.

On B you play F# blues
On E (this could be E7 as well) you play B blues
On F#7 you play C# blues

 

Well, I’ve thought about it for awhile and I think I’m going to clean out some things I have laying around that I don’t use.  Turns out that I don’t use my Martin Backpacker much.  When I go camping I can take my full size acoustic so why bother with the Martin which is cool but just have that full sound.

I’m thinking it’ll be up on Ebay before the week is out.  I wonder if I should play it a little and record it on video to give people a sense for what it sounds like.  I have a Washburn 12 string that I don’t play either but I don’t have a clue how to ship something like that.  It has a funky machine head on it that probably should be fixed first.

Hey, here’s a thought!  I can also put that You Tube video up in the auction that shows it being played during that Christmas song  – “I wish it was Christmas Today” with Jimmy Falon and Horatio Sanz.

Johnson’s yearning vocal gave him a top 10 pop hit in 1970 with Chairmen of the Board’s “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” one of nine songs the group took to the top 40 on the R&B side.
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Johnson’s yearning vocal gave him a top 10 pop hit in 1970 with Chairmen of the Board’s “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” one of nine songs the group took to the top 40 on the R&B side.
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Mr. Johnson provided the distinctive lead vocal for the Chairmen of the Board’s 1970 Top 10 hit, “Give Me Just a Little More Time.”
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Grammy-Nominated R&B Star Kicks Off Nationwide Tour With Fantasia Starting November 4th
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After winning its opener Monday in the Tri-County volleyball tourney, DePue dropped its next two outings, including a 10-25, 5-25 setback to Roanoke-Benson, Thursday at Henry. Pauline Villagomez led DePue with 18 digs and four points and Celia Villagomez had three kills.
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Can a guitar amp actually make your instruments sound better? If you’re patched into the pricey Independence, the answer is a resounding — and reverberating — yes.
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Rhythm game debut strikes sour note, underscores slide for both franchise and genre.
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