The Blues

History: The Blues was born in the Mississippi Delta and it incorporates elements of African music and Church music. Traditional blues was raw, often out of tune and had a very free approach to time. Blues has played a very important role in popular music more than any other style, without it there would have been no Beatles, Hendrix, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis or James Brown.

Recommended Listening : B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, John Mayall, T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Howlin Wolf, Steve Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore, Gary Clark Jr, Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Essential Blues Bassists: Willie Dixon, Russell Jackson, Johnny Gayden, James Hutchinson, Jerry Jemmott, Reggie McBride, Darryl Jones, Pino Palladino, Roscoe Beck, Tommy Shannon.

Getting the sound: You need a deep and full sound. Boost the low (+2), add some low mids if you need (+1) and get rid of that top end (-3), flatwound strings will help and use the neck pickup.

Building Blocks: The Pentatonic with the Blues scale and the Mixolydian mode are the key of blues playing.


12 Bars Major Blues

12 Bars Minor Blues

8 Bars Blues

Grooves & Fills

Here some fills I transcribed from different players.


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    1. Marco October 23, 2019 at 11:01 am

      Ciao Roberto! Very true, I have included Jack in my Rock Bass course. Its difficult to put players like Jack in one style, he’s done it all. Thanks for sharing the link! Check this out…


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