That was the subject of an email I received from a BGU member in Virginia… I was intrigued…
Inside the email was the following:
“After spending 30-ish years piddling my way to being a bad-at-best guitar player, I ran into your 4-note solo on YouTube. It began what’s changed everything about my ability.
Cut to today. Looking for a place/way to play live with other people, I met some entrepreneurs about to open a music park here in Richmond, VA. It’s called, Orbital Music Park. It’s sort of like a recording studio without the recording part. Two soundproof rooms rented by the hour with drums and PA in place. There’s a lounge/stage area, coffee bar and space for the local music community to hang out. Don’t know if you have spaces like this in LA, but here, in Richmond, with practice spaces rapidly disappearing, it’s a godsend.
I took them my offer to host weekly Blues sessions. Kind of a jam, but more of a weekly, invitational chance to play with other musicians for 3 hours. I’ve learned a lot. Some of it comical, like why jams typically have a house band and what to do when you have three bass players, a sax and no drummer show up!
Anyway, NONE of this could have happened without you. THANK YOU!!! I often share links to Blues Guitar Unleashed when I see players struggling or reaching in certain areas. Hopefully the love trickles your way.
We’ve done it now for 12 weeks. Am sending you a few photos. Please enjoy.”
And, needless to say, I am beyond thrilled that they are doing this and I hope that if you are in or around the Richmond, Virginia area you will look them up and say “Hello” to Dave if he is there.
Most importantly, of course, to me, is the fact that they are sharing music and playing with others.
I always say it’s the most fun you can have… and that many of the greatest people I’ve ever met in my life I’ve met through music.
Just a fun story and I hope it brightens your day a little. Thanks to Dave Clemans for sharing.
This riff came from a Rory Gallagher recording, but I’ve heard it (or variations of it) in many songs over the years (CCR comes to mind, even though I can’t think of which song.)
It’s in E, and like many blues things in E, it’s based around the open position E minor box 1/box 2 scales.
Then, when it goes to the IV chord, the A, it just moves the whole thing up – which is an easy move to make.
Also cool is the turnaround, which goes up by 1/2 step to the C instead of down to the A7 so it’s kind of a nice variation to have in your hip pocket (think of songs like “Little Sister” which make the same move.)
Hope you dig it and feel free to share with any guitar playing friends.