Tag: blues

Dreamy Guitar Solo (Blues, Americana) in Am

Funny how music serves as a counterweight. When my life’s busy, I write smooth, slow-burn solos like this one. A Blues Americana guitar solo in A minor, influenced by Mark Knopfler’s playing. Enjoy!

About This Solo

I wrote this minor blues track to express a recurring feeling I experience in Autumn, a feeling of quiet gloom, best felt when talking a walk into the colorful woods this time of the year.

The solo is heavily influenced by Mark Knopfler’s playing. A clean, spacious guitar sound with emphasis on right hand dynamics, the A minor pentatonic and the odd blue note (Eb).I love these slow-burning blues-country-roots licks that you’ll find in Mark Knopfler’s more recent work.

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Expanding on this playing style, I play a few unusual double stops with major second intervals. These are somewhat uncommon on guitar and carry a soft and glassy dissonance that supports the mood here. You’ll notice I create these by letting adjacent strings to ‘ring’ out.

Harmonic Minor Lick
A harmonic minor

Finally, I bring out the colors of the harmonic minor scale in bar 13 (the ‘lazy’ pickup). I like the somber tone of this scale. Venturing into this sound often brings me to diminished triads (look for them in the outro!). The inspiration for these harmonic minor guitar licks comes from listening to gypsy swing artists like Django Reinhardt and Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies).

I hope you enjoy this solo. It feels like something new for this channel. Sometimes making these videos can be really hard work. But for this video, it felt more like surfing on a creative ‘flow’, less strenuous and without (over)thinking too much. Although there must be a bit of suffering in creating art, it’s better when it’s not too much 😉 Let’s see where this mindset brings me in the future. 

Backing Track
If you’re interested, you can purchase a high quality version (WAV CD Master) of this jam track in my Sellfy Store here:
Gear Used
  • Suhr Modern Pro HH
  • Victory V40
  • pedals; Tc Electronic The Spark (booster) – heavily recommended!  I like it so much I have 2 😉
  • Eventide H9 (spring reverb) in the FX Loop
  • captured with Universal Audio Ox
👉 Check out my gear page on Thomann: gear-thomann.guitar-inspiration.com

Jump Blues Backing Track in C (150 bpm)

This jump guitar backing track is inspired by the blues music of Roomful of Blues (Duke Robillard) Big Joe Turner, Brian Setzer, and others. Jump, jive & jam with this up-tempo blues guitar jam track in the key of C. Download the chord sheet (incl. outro) here:

This blues jam track is a 12-bar blues in the key of C. After a quick turnaround intro, the classic 12 bar structure begins. The groovy thing about this jump blues backing track is that the first accents of the piano and the electric guitar are on a different eight note. This (intentional) quirky effect is augmented by a little stereo panning of the guitar and piano. This makes the rhythm accompaniment ‘jump’ from left to right. 

Improvising Tips

C minor & major pentatonic
C minor & major blues
Play your favorite blues, jazz blues, swing & rockabilly licks.

Outro Lick
Jump Blues Outro Lick
Jump Blues Outro Lick in C
Gear

Gibson Les Paul P90 (rhythm guitar), through an MXR Carbon Copy pedal (slap) and Fractal AX8 preamp.
Baritone Sax from Logic Pro X
Piano: Waves Grand Rhapsody
Upright Bass: Spectrasonics Trilian
Drums: Steven Slate Drums 5.5

Buy the track
If you’re interested, you can download and buy a high quality WAV version (125MB) of this backing track here:

Check out my sellfy store for more backing tracks. 

E Blues Backing Track (Shuffle)

About This Track

This is a new blues backing track on my Youtube Channel ! This is a fun E major Blues Shuffle Backing Track, that fits the Josh Smith-style guitar solo (+tab) I uploaded last week. 

The chords for the 12-bar blues backing track are animated in the video. Also, there are some stops in the track that are signaled in the video! The tempo is 115 bpm. The track is not quantized btw, so there are a small but intentional variations in the groove and intensity of playing. Let me know if you had fun with this homemade guitar backing track!

Improvising tips
  • E major pentatonic,
  • E blues,
  • E minor pentatonic,
  • E minor blues or play some of the blues guitar licks from the previous video 😉
Jam track

You can purchase a high-quality version of this jam track (WAV + mp3) from my sellfy store. After purchase, you may use this blues shuffle track on your own social media (e.g. to record your own guitar solo).

Blues backing track in A

If you like to explore a blues shuffle in A, I did a post in this here (solo + jam track).