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Jamie McLean | New Orleans Chords & Rhythms

This masterclass features guitarist Jamie McLean giving a lesson on New Orleans rhythms and chord shapes. Jamie introduces himself and his background playing with Aaron Neville and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. He is joined by Michael, who helps introduce the live stream format.

Jamie dives into common chord progressions and rhythms used in New Orleans style music. He demonstrates that standard barre chords don't always work well in a full band context. Jamie then shows four different Bb7 chord shapes that use smaller fingerings for variation. He plays through the shapes on guitar to demonstrate their sounds and movements. This serves as an introductory lesson on essential New Orleans guitar techniques.

Transcript Summary

**Introduction** [0:00:03 - 0:01:50] - Jamie McLean introduces himself and his background playing with Aaron Neville and Dirty Dozen Brass Band - Michael Palmisano introduces the live stream and thanks Jamie for participating - Jamie expresses excitement for the lesson and learning experience **New Orleans Rhythms and Chords** [0:01:50 - 0:06:29] - Dominant 7th chords are commonly used in New Orleans style - Standard barre chords don't always work well with full band - Jamie demonstrates smaller chord shapes using root, 3rd, 5th, and flat 7th **Demonstration of Chord Shapes** [0:06:29 - 0:11:20] - Jamie demonstrates 4 different Bb7 chord shapes in different positions - Shapes use different fingers and notes to create variation - Shapes can be moved around the fretboard

Jamie McLean

Jamie McLean

Jamie McClean is an absolute monster musician!  

As the Axe man for The Dirty Dozen Brass Band for years, and working with all the heavy hitters including Aaron Neville, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Trombone Shorty, Los Lobos, Blues Traveler, Marc Broussard, and so many more… Jamie is the PERFECT window into what it takes to thrive with the very, very best.

(IMHO, The level of musicianship in NOLA is probably the best in the country - if not the whole world.  THE RHYTHM. THE SWAGGER. THE VIBE!!)

Jamie is a spectacularly tasteful guitarist - but that’s not the whole story:  He’s an equally Incredible singer and songwriter.  As you know, I’m obsessed with understanding WHY things get stuck in your head, WHY hits are hits, and HOW rhythm, harmony, and wait for it - MELODY - work together to craft something moving and unforgettable.  Jamie is uniquely able to take us on a journey beyond the fretboard, and go deep into the craft of making great music & being an even better storyteller.