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Minor Blues Progressions

In this masterclass led by Guthrie Trapp, the focus is on exploring the intricacies of Minor Blues Progressions and how they interconnect with one another. Guthrie begins by addressing some initial technical setup and expresses his eagerness to engage with the audience for a dynamic learning experience. He emphasizes the importance of interaction, stating that it fosters better conversation and insights on various musical topics. As Guthrie navigates through the initial part of the session, he touches upon the challenges of teaching complex musical concepts and the importance of sequencing in music instruction.

Throughout the masterclass, Guthrie delves into the specifics of Minor Blues Progressions, demonstrating various chord shapes, and how minor and dominant chords interact within these progressions. He provides practical examples on his guitar, showcasing how to add depth and sophistication to playing by incorporating diminished chords and understanding the role of the dominant seventh chord for resolution in blues progression. Guthrie's explanations are enriched with demonstrations of chord transitions, aiming to enhance the learners' understanding of music theory and guitar technique.

Guthrie also shares insights on ear training, emphasizing the value of recognizing melodies and chord progressions by ear. He suggests learning simple, familiar songs to improve musical ear and understanding of chord relationships. The masterclass concludes with Guthrie encouraging the viewers to embrace mistakes as part of the learning process, to experiment with their instruments, and to enjoy the journey of musical discovery. He expresses gratitude to his audience and hints at future sessions, inviting feedback and questions to further assist in their musical growth.

Transcript Summary


  • Introduction and Technical Setup (00:00:03 - 00:01:01)
    • Guthrie apologizes for being a few minutes late.
    • Mentions trying new gear, specifically a webcam, and acknowledges some setup challenges.
    • Encourages interaction and conversation from viewers.
  • Minor Blues Progressions Overview (00:01:57 - 00:02:09)
    • Guthrie introduces the topic of Minor Blues Progressions.
    • He hints at how various musical elements are interconnected.
    • Mentions an AT&T outage and its irrelevance to the lesson.
  • Guitar Chord Demonstrations (00:03:01 - 00:05:11)
    • Discusses and demonstrates the EAD9 chord and its variations.
    • Shows how to add complexity to chords, such as adding an F# to an E minor chord or incorporating a D note.
    • Guthrie demonstrates moving from a C to a D chord using open strings for a more interesting sound.
  • Advanced Chord Progressions and Techniques (00:06:01 - 00:07:41)
    • Explores more intricate chord progressions, including A13 and F minor seven add nine.
    • Touches on the concept of moving up to chord shapes and connecting them musically.
    • Admits the difficulty in teaching and sequencing musical concepts.
  • Scale and Phrasing Exercises (00:07:41 - 00:11:22)
    • Emphasizes the importance of chords in understanding and utilizing scales.
    • Discusses the integration of minor pentatonic scales with the second degree for richer sounds.
    • Introduces a phrasing exercise to apply scales musically over chord progressions.
  • Applying Theory to Minor Blues Progressions (00:11:22 - 00:15:25)
    • Explains the distinction of minor blues progressions and their unique sound.
    • Highlights the role of the major third in certain chords to achieve proper musical resolution.
    • Demonstrates substituting diminished chords for dominant sevens for more sophisticated soundscapes.
  • Closing Thoughts and Encouragement (00:15:25 - 00:45:01)
    • Guthrie urges students to practice and experiment with the concepts discussed.
    • Emphasizes the importance of making mistakes and learning by doing.
    • Concludes the masterclass by thanking viewers for their participation and encouraging them to continue exploring guitar music.

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