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In this the 5th part of our study on Chitlins Con Carne we look where Kenny changes the feel to a Charleston Rhythm and focuses more on the major 3rd to imply a major tonality rather than the minor pentatonic in the previous chorus’. He also goes double time! Ahhhhh!!!! Get that metronome out, eat your weetabix and start shedding your scales! 

Click play below to find out more about this awesome solo! 


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Welcome back! Here is the fourth in a lesson series on ‘Chitlins Con Carne’ by Kenny Burrell. Last week we looked at the second chorus of the solo. There are free TABs/Notation in the download area.

Kenny stays in the minor pentatonic again with some smatterings of the blues scale. There are some sophisticated slick slippery lines (I love sibilance) where Kenny makes use of the slide legato technique. And also he delves further down the neck demonstrating he knows the pentatonic scale all over the neck. Why not try learning your pentatonic scales in as many places as possible.

Click play below to find out more!

Tip of the
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Welcome back! Here is the third in a lesson series on ‘Chitlins Con Carne’ by Kenny Burrell. Last week we looked at the first chorus of the solo. There are free TABs/Notation in the download area.

Kenny stays mostly in the same area for this solo. Keeping to the C Minor blues scale in the 8th, 10th and 12th position but using cool rhythms to create interest. He also uses a great little rhythmic devise called the reverse swing rhythm. Click play below to find out more!

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A quick look at the blues licks you can play in the 5 positions/areas of the Minor Pentatonic/Blues Scale on the neck. Commonly known as CAGED system, I prefer to refer to them as ‘areas’ as it encourages you to mix them rather than stay in one place on the neck. This opens you up to more creative playing and linear playing.

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The first in a lesson series on ‘Chitlins Con Carne’ by Kenny Burrell. This piece is a masterclass in how to play over a simple 12-bar blues. Stick with me as I take you through the piece one chorus at a time. There are free TABs/Notation in the download area.

There will be a new lesson posted every Friday until we finish the piece!

Here is the link to the 1963 album ‘Midnight Blue’ which was released on Blue Note Records.

Here is some info about Kenny himself! Very interesting sideman! **For All Things Kenny Click Here!**

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Time to get into the bulk of the piece with the first go around the chorus! Here he uses mostly the C Minor Blues scale but the rhythm is super sophisticated. There should be some really useful things to consider for your own solos here.

Here is the link to the 1963 album ‘Midnight Blue’ which was released on Blue Note Records.

Here is some info about Kenny himself! Very interesting sideman! **For All Things Kenny Click Here!**

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BEGINNERS SERIES – LESSON 2: Basic Right and Left Hand Technique

Here is the 2nd of the 5 videos for beginners! The next video will be availble on 16th September at 6pm and will be on ‘Learning The Fretboard’. Enjoy!

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BEGINNERS SERIES – LESSON 1: Warm Ups and the Major Scale.

Here is the first of the 5 videos! Sorry for the delay! Here is the transcription of the scale and exercises.
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Please do let me know if you have any questions via direct message!
Next video will be loaded up on 9th September at 6pm and will be on ‘BASIC TECHNIQUE’ Enjoy!

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Challenge Yourself

Sometimes it’s great to set yourself a challenge and put yourself out of your comfort zone as it can result in more creative thought and playing and also show you areas that need work.

So I decided to challenge myself not to practice to any tracks at all this week. I did this so I can improve how I’m ‘making the changes’ and also work on my phrasing. It also forced me to use more chords during my soloing.

Challenge yourself this week. It could be something as simple as “I’m going to use strictly alternate picking” “soloing on two strings” or “I’m going to solo only using notes within the first five frets”.

Have a go and let me know your progress or ask for any help with problems you run via direct messaging here or on my Facebook page.

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Cadenza!

A great way to start a piece of any genre is with a cadenza. This can be done in many ways but I like the Chris Potter/Pat Metheny outside –> inside approach. Basically going harmonicaly around the houses to reach your home key. Here is an example of a cadenza for a piece in D. This is taken from Chris Potter’s ‘Children Go’ from his album ‘Travelling Mercies’.

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