G major II-V-I practice track

This practice track is intended for bass players who are getting to grips with there II-V-I progressions. The key is G major, with a basic jazz feel, the backing track contains guitar playing the chords and drums doing a slow tempo swing. The chords are

||: Am7      |D7                 |Gmaj7         |                : ||

You can try some of the following exercises:

(1) Play the root note of each chord on beat one of each bar. Find as many different root notes as you can in different regions of the neck.

(2) Modify exercise 1 by playing up or down the scale from the root note when you land on the chord Gmaj7. Play one neat per beat.

(3) Repeat exercise 2, but playing up or down from the root note of the other chords.

(4) Try playing up or down from the root notes of each chord in the progression.

(5) Once the first four exercises are going comfortably, try exercise 1 again, but this time land on the 3rd of each chord. Repeat exercise 3 and 4, but playing up or down from the 3rd.

(6) Repeat exercise (5), but landing on the 5th, and again landing on the 7th.

Repeat all exercises using all 5 moveable major scale fingerings, and the open fingering.

Gmajor 2-5-1 Jazz progression without bass

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Practice Track – E major Folk Rock

Here is a practice track for working on your E major soloing. It is two chords, a I-IV progression – E and A in the key of E major.

Emajor1-4FolkRock

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Bass Practice Track – E Minor Pentatonic

I thought it would be cool for my bass students to play along with a track that I am working on for an album by “The Robert Bloodwood Experience”, which is the name of my blues and groove band. So I have taken out the bass and the vocals, leaving just the drums and guitars.

It is predominantly an E minor groove, occasionally changing to G and then to A. See if you can figure out where by listening. Play along using the E minor Pentatonic scale. Remember that simple with a good feel is often the best option for bass.

practicetrackversionNoBassNoVocals

 

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Welcome to New Teacher Jonathan Shelley

New Guitar Teacher Jonathan Shelley is set to start teaching at our Samford Studio at the Farmer’s Hall on Monday August 17th, 2015. Jonathan has studied at the Jazz Music Institute and has performed in many styles of music, including performances with the Rob Reeves Quartet. Jonathan has a full police working with children check, and is able to teach all popular styles of music, including reading music, soloing in jazz, blues and rock styles, and chords for accompaniment. Ring Rob on 3289 8020 to book your spot.

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Rob Reeves Quartet to play at the Northey St Winter Solstice Festival

The Rob Reeves Quartet will be playing at the Northey St Winter Solstice Festival on Sunday June 21 – at 5PM! The festival begins at 4PM. Come along and check us out. We will be playing with the wonderful Nora Sahak Lawrie on vocals.

https://www.facebook.com/events/833574046698532/

 

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Practice Track – E7 and A7

Here is a practice track that works with a blues aesthetic. There are two chords, E7 for four bars, then A7 for four bars. For a straight ahead approach use the E major scale with a flat 7 (also called E Myxolydian, or A Major) over the E7, and an A major scale with a flat 7  (also called A Myxolydian or D Major) over the A7. For a more blues oriented treatment, use the E minor pentatonic scale, bending up to the major thirds of each chord.

E.G.

Soloing concept for E7 and A7

Soloing concept for E7 and A7

Here’s the practice track:

E7 – A7 practice track

For bass players, here it is without a bass line:

E7A7NoBass

 

Enjoy,

Rob

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Jazz in the Valley – Samford – 29th March

Exciting news at Rob’s Guitar School is the upcoming Jazz in The Valley afternoon in Samford. I have been working hard with Steve Cowley of the Homestead Restaurant to ensure that it will be a great afternoon. As well as my self, we have one of Australia’s premier Django Reinhardt style guitarists, Ewan MacKenzie, playing, as well as other acts! Ewan is a wonderful guitarist, and well worth listening to! Tickets $25 at the door, or prepaid $20 from myself or from the Restaurant. Music starts at 12PM – but best to arrive early to ensure you don’t miss any of the show! See Jazz in the Valley for full details…

Here is a video of Ewan’s ensemble performing recently at the Brisbane Jazz Club…

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Gig on New Years Eve

Well the year is fast drawing to a close – I wish all my students and their families a very merry christmas and a happy new year. I hope you have enjoyed your year of learning guitar, and are taking advantage of the holidays to catch up on the practice! I will be playing on New Years Eve at the Samford Homestead Restaurant (20 Main St, Samford), so if you want to come down for a great Buffet and enjoy some jazz guitar, I would love to see you! Give Steve a call on 3289 1485 to make a reservation.

Here’s a little taste of what’s on the menu!

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Rob Releases Album

I am very pleased to announce that I have released an album under the name Bob Reeves. The Album entitled “Songs of Place” sits in the modern folk tradition, and has a bunch of songs about my favourite places around the Brisbane area, and some a bit further afield. There is also a couple of songs about cars! The album features a lot of my slide guitar playing. I am very happy with it, check it out on ITunes (search for “Bob Reeves Songs of Place”), or at Catmint Records.

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Practice Track for Bass – Notation

The following is a practice track for bassists who want to get their music reading skills going. To use this practice track, you will need to be able to read the bass clef in the first position in the key of C major. The pace is quite slow, with two beat notes, so it is suitable for beginning students. It is in a neo-classical style – in other words it is written in the style of a classical composition. You may enjoy it as a change from your usual styles!

Here is the guitar part at 90 bpm:-

EnsembleSTudy1NoBass90bpm

And here is the bass part. Enjoy!

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