You can learn how to play Master Blaster (Jammin’) by Stevie Wonder!
In the step by step course, I’ll take you through how to play each section of Master Blaster, all over the neck.
This involves building rhythm parts for the verse and the chorus. Using these examples as a starting point, you will soon be able to play Master Blaster in an improvised way, or as the title suggests – by Jammin’.
The most challenging part of playing Master Blaster is the second instrumental section. This part has become so famous among musicians it is by many seen as a benchmark of your ability.
To learn it, you must first play the Minor Pentatonic in sequences, meaning moving up three notes, back one. In the course, we do this in all shapes, followed by the opposite direction of three notes down, one up.
This final way of playing down the scale in sequences is the main foundation of Master Blaster’s instrumental section.
It does get more complicated than just moving in this pattern, but as a starting point, practicing the concept is essential.
The best part is that this way of phrasing can be incorporated into other solos and licks with great success.
The chord progressions of Master Blaster (Jammin’) break all sorts of harmonic rules. Too many to get onto here, we discuss this in the course in great depth.
Here’s the basic progression.
||: Cm | Cm Bb | Ab | Ab G | F | F | Cm | Bb :||
||: Cm | G7 | F6 | F7 :||
The last two bars of the chorus could have F, F6 or F7 chords. The G7 could also be a G.
Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 2)
In the video above, starting at 5:12, you find a preview of Master Blaster’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 2 from the course.
In this step, we work on playing the verse all over the neck. There are three examples to work your way through, below you find TAB for the first example.
In the course, you get a loop to play along with the band, first practice each example, then start moving freely around the fret board.
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Master Blaster (Jammin’) – Guitar Lessons
The final series of lessons are done around Stevie Wonder’s masterpiece Master Blaster (Jammin’). As the title suggest, this is all about improvisation.
As a bonus, you’ll know that when you can lay the instrumental sections, you know your Minor Pentatonic well enough.
Master Blaster (Jammin’) – Lyrics
Everyone’s feeling pretty, it’s hotter than July.
Though the world’s full of problems, they couldn’t touch us even if they tried.
From the park I hear rhythms, Marley’s hot on the box.
Tonight there will be a party, on the corner at the end of the block.
Go to Master Blaster – Lyrics.
Stevie Wonder – Biography
Stevie Wonder is the legend whom most practicing musicians come across, that has a life-changing impact on them.
Stevie’s natural groove and ability to so purely express music are untouched. His vocal phrasing and songwriting are second to none.
Go to Stevie Wonder – Biography.
Intermediate Electric – 13 Songs
You can learn how to play these 13 intermediate electric songs!
Be My Baby, Can I Get A Witness, Get Ready, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Jimmy Mack, Master Blaster (Jammin’), Money (That’s What I Want), My Guy, Rescue Me, Respect, Son Of A Preacher Man, Soul Man, and You Can’t Hurry Love.
Go to Intermediate Electric Songs.