Blues Rumba in Bb Jam Track

About 10 days ago, I posted the Blues Rumba in Bb Solo.  Today I posted the 10 minute long jam track. Enjoy this summer-vibin’ track in the key of Bb!

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About this jam track

This Blues Rumba track is loosely inspired by a great rumba blues track like Crosscut Saw (check out great versions of it by Matt Schofield and/or Josh Smith). Although most of these renditions use the key of G (which I like a lot), I opted for the key of Bb as this is a key I haven’t used much on my channel. Also, this key is ideally suited for horn players that want to practice their blues rumba chops.

The track has three levels of intensity. Level 1 is the basic, mellow rumba. Level 2 adds a bit of action on the toms, clave, and a Hammond B3 organ. Level 3 brings on the full blues rumba intensity with frequent fills on toms, a blaring B3 Hammond, a powerful ride cymbal, and – wait for it – the almighty cowbell. Enjoy this Blues Rumba in Bb.

For the first time, I added a suggested scale in the video (the Bb minor blues scale). On the top right of your screen, you can find an overview of the 12-bar blues that this Blues rumba track follows. Let me know what you think!

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All parts played / programmed / produced by Maarten

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Blues Rumba in Bb

Blues Rumba in Bb. Enjoy this original blues rumba groove with a bag of blues licks inspired by Matt Schofield, Eric Clapton, and others. 

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Featured Lick
Pentatonic Blues Shifting Pattern
Pentatonic Blues Shifting Pattern

In the video, around 1:55 I play the above Bb minor pentatonic blues lick, with a shifting rhythmic pattern. This is inspired by Eric Clapton’s blues playing. High up the neck, Clapton often plays these interesting rhythmic subdivisions (hemiola’s), that can take a regular pentatonic lick to a whole new level. The pattern above consists of six notes and has a shifting hammer-on/pull-off triplet. This blues lick not just works in rumba blues but in various styles of blues playing. 

Listen to the example below (isolated lead guitar from the video):

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The play-along has nog lead guitar, so you can practice the track with the original backing track. Both tracks are professionally mastered by André Castro Mastering.

5 Creative Bending Techniques

Here’s my latest, electric guitar lesson where I teach you 5 creative bending techniques for melodic rock soloing:

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About this lesson

In this lesson, I teach you 5 guitar bending techniques: pre-bending, bending and (right hand) tapping, playing bends on top of bends, unison bends and (my favorite) bend-release-bend patterns. Especially for this electric lesson, I wrote an 8-bar guitar solo, which has al the techniques in it. I hope these guitar bending tricks help your string bending practice!