Learn How To Play Master Blaster (Jammin’)
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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Complete song – Electric guitar and live band
Improvise The rhythm parts – Memorize The Instrumental Section
In the step by step course, I’ll take you through how to play each section, 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. 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 most solos and licks with great success.
The chord progressions of Master Blaster (Jammin’) break all sorts of harmonic rules. 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.
Master Blaster – Step 1
This is probably my favorite song to play as it literally encourages me to improvise, or as the title suggests, Jammin’.
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Master Blaster – Step 2 (Free Preview)
The chords are several things at the same time. It’s a master class in how to write a great chord progression if you like.
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Master Blaster – Step 3
When you can play all examples – start improvising.
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Master Blaster – Step 4
There are five examples to get through as there are five shapes of the Minor Pentatonic.
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Master Blaster – Step 5
Plenty of shapes to get through and as if that wasn’t enough, I want you to practice all by picking the notes as well as hammering-on and pulling-off.
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Master Blaster – Step 6
After you learned it in five positions I also give you six licks that’ll work when you improvise a solo over either Master Blaster’s verse or chorus progressions.
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Master Blaster – Step 7
The improvisation part is down to what shapes I play when, but also how hard or soft I strum, and how much I take out from a part in order to create more space.
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Master Blaster – Step 8
Today was the last time we studied how to play Master Blaster. It was also the last song of the course. But it wasn’t the last lesson in the course.
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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
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Stevie’s natural groove and ability to so purely express music are untouched. His vocal phrasing and songwriting are second to none.
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These Motown/Soul songs require you to learn how to play fractions of barre chord shapes and build improvised licks using pentatonic scales.
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.
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Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.
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