Master Blaster chords Stevie Wonder


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Master Blaster | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: N.C :|| x6
||: Cm | Cm Bb | Ab | Ab G |
| F | F | Cm | Bb :|| x3

Verse 1

| Cm | Cm Bb | Ab | Ab G |
Everyone’s feeling pretty, it’s hotter than July.
| F | F | Cm | Bb |
Though the world’s full of problems, they couldn’t touch us even if they tried.
| Cm | Cm Bb | Ab | Ab G |
From the park I hear rhythms, Marley’s hot on the box.
| F | F | Cm | Bb |
Tonight there will be a party, on the corner at the end of the block.

Chorus 1

||: Cm | G | F | F :||
Didn’t know you, would be jammin’ until the break of dawn.
I said nobody ever told you that you, would be jammin’ until the break of dawn.
You would be jammin’ and jammin’ and jammin’, jam on.

Instrumental 1

||: Minor pentatonic riff 1 :||

Verse 2

| Cm | Cm Bb | Ab | Ab G |
They want us to join their fighting, but our answer today,
| F | F | Cm | Bb |
is to let all our worries, like the breeze through our fingers slip away.
| Cm | Cm Bb | Ab | Ab G |
Peace has come to Zimbabwe, third world’s right on the one,
| F | F | Cm | Bb |
now’s the time for celebration, ’cause we’ve only just begun.

Chorus 2

||: Cm | G | F | F :||
Didn’t know that you, would be jammin’ until the break of dawn.
Bet you nobody ever told you that you, would be jammin’ until the break of dawn.
I bet you nobody ever told you that you, would be jammin’ until the break of dawn.
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’).
I know nobody told you that you, would be jammin’ until the break of dawn.
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’).
We’re jammin’, jammin’, jammin’, jam on.

Instrumental 2

||: Minor pentatonic riff 2 :||

Solo

| Cm | Cm Bb | Ab | Ab G |
| F | F | Cm | Bb |

Verse 3

| Cm | Cm Bb | Ab | Ab G |
You ask me am I happy, well as matter of fact,
| F | F | Cm | Bb |
I can say that I’m ecstatic, ’cause we all just made a pact.
| Cm | Cm Bb | Ab | Ab G |
We’ve agreed to get together, joined as children in Jah.
| F | F | Cm | Bb |
When you’re moving in the positive, your destination is the brightest star.

Chorus 3

||: Cm | G | F | F :||
You didn’t know that you, would be jammin’ until the break of dawn.
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’).
I bet you nobody ever told you that you, would be jammin’ until the break of dawn.
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’).
Oh, Oh, Oh… you, would be jammin’ until the break of dawn.
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’).
Don’t you stop the music, oh no…
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’).
Na, na na… Nobody told you…
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’).
Oh, Oh, Oh, you, would be jammin’ until the break of dawn.
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’).
I bet you if someone approached you yesterday to tell you that you would be jammin’ you would not believe it because you never thought that you would be jammin’.
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’).
Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, jammin’, ’til the break of dawn.
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’).
Oh, Oh, You may as well believe what you are feeling because you feel your body jammin’.
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’).
Oh, Oh, you would be jammin’ until the break of dawn, oh, woo-hoo.
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’).
Baby, baby…
(We’re in the middle of the makin’s of the master blaster jammin’).


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Master Blaster Chords: Learn the progressions!


Master Blaster 8 step by step guitar lessons

Master Blaster‘s chord progressions break all sorts of harmonic rules.

The descending verse chords only have the home chord as a minor, the rest are major chords. This makes it very difficult to determine if that home is chord VI or II.

The ambiguity of, are we in Dorian or Aeolian, is a huge part of Master Blaster’s sound.

Usually, we look to the vocal melody for clues but the entire melody, just like the instrumental sections, is just using the C Minor Pentatonic.

Here are Master Blaster’s verse chords. Cm is chord VI, but it’s also chord II, exactly when they switch over is ambiguous, try it and see if you can feel it.

Cm is chord VI:

||: Cm (VI) | Cm Bb (V) | Ab (IV) | Ab G (IIIx) |
| F (IIx) | F | Cm (VI) | Bb (V) :||

Cm is chord II:

||: Cm (II) | Cm Bb (I) | Ab (bVII) | Ab G (VIx) |
| F (V) | F | Cm (II) | Bb (I) :||

In the step-by-step course, I’ll take you through how to play all of Master Blaster’s chords, 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’!

We also look at the dreaded instrumental sections, above, you see a preview lesson from the course where I take you through how to play the first instrumental section in all CAGED shapes.

As if this wasn’t hard enough, we’ll play this both picked and legato (hammering on and pulling off). Here’s TAB for the first example, we’re in a Cm shape here.

Master Blaster TAB for instrumental section 1, Cm shape

Next, we simply move up a shape and do it all over again, looks like this in an Am shape.

Master Blaster TAB for instrumental section 1, Am shape

If we hang in there, we’ll get better so let’s keep climbing! Here’s the Gm shape, this one is not easy!

Master Blaster TAB for instrumental section 1, Gm shape

Next, we have the easiest way to play Master Blaster’s instrumental section, using an Em shape.

Master Blaster TAB for instrumental section 1, Em shape

Finally, we play in the Dm shape and as we start hammering on, it gets very difficult…

Master Blaster TAB for instrumental section 1, Dm shape

Use the TAB loops in the playlist following the preview lesson, it’ll be much easier that way.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series (members only): Master Blaster – Guitar lessons with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Master Blaster is a tribute to Bob Marley!

Master Blaster (Jammin’) is a single from Stevie Wonder’s album Hotter Than July. Released in 1980 it is a tribute to Bob Marley.

The two legends met at a benefit concert for the Jamaican Institute for the Blind in 1975. As well as sharing the bill, they sang I Shot The Sheriff and Superstition together.

Master Blaster spent seven weeks at number one on the U.S. Billboard charts and has become a milestone to learn for musicians, mainly down to the two intricate minor pentatonic instrumental sections.

As a professional Soul guitarist, you must know how to play this classic with your eyes closed at the drop of a hat, Master Blaster is a standard in this genre.

Hotter Than July was probably Stevie Wonder’s last great album, only Part-Time Lover from the album In Square Circle (1985) has anywhere near the same quality as what we get here. Although the production for all of In Square Circle is terrible.

Stevie’s golden era started in 1968 with For Once In My Life and lasted 12 years. During this time he released perhaps the highest-quality of music by any artist, ever.



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