So I am finally staring to work the BYCU lessons after owning the materials for I don't know how long. A year?
And I have questions regarding the very first lesson, Texas Rock:
1) When one listens to the lesson on the cd, on the "lead in tapping" (forgive me. I don't know proper musical term of this) it goes 1-2-3-4-1 and then it starts on the second beat. Why is that? Looking at the music I do understand that there are only 3 beats in the first measure and that is why one is starting on the second beat. but why would a song not start on the first beat? I fully realize this is a music theory question.
2) In looking at the music at the bottom of the page I think it is the 11th bar, there is an A7 chord listed. but i think I should be playing a B7 for three chords. Is that a typo or do I not understand something?
Last Edit: Dec 2, 2013 9:07:37 GMT -6 by matonanjin
I'm always glad to hear from a new reader/student. In response to your questions:
1) The three beats in the beginning are part of the "pick-up" which is a short lick that simply leads into the main body of the tune. It is not repeated. You will notice, though, that the same melodic figure (lick) is played in the first ending and acts as a pick-up for the repeat. Just listen to the beginning and the first ending and you'll hear it. Pick-ups are very common. You can start a tune anywhere in the measure (beats 1, 2, 3 or 4, or even on the upbeat (the "and" of a beat)). You'll find that a lot of the tunes in BYCU begin with a pick-up.
2) The A7 is correct. The chord progression changes to an A7 (IV chord) in measure 11, so the lead part has to follow suit. A B7 there would clash with the rhythm section.
I hope that you find Blues You Can Use to be informative and enjoyable.
But John, I still don't understand. Sorry to be so dense. It looks to me that it shows playing the B7 two strums and then an A7. And in trying to play along with the track it doesn't sound like it changes chords. and believe me when I say I am no where near ready to change chords that fast!!!
Here is the page (a very crappy copy):
Thanks for your help in my early studies!
Last Edit: Dec 7, 2013 9:59:10 GMT -6 by matonanjin
Well, it won't allow me to post an image. If you look on the page of the music of Texas Rock (Page 9) on bar 10 you have two strums of B7 and then in bar 11 one strum of A7. that bar finishes with the solo again and then three strums of E7.
The is absolutely a chord change from B7 in measure 9, to A7 at the beginning of measure 10. Listen closely. Repeatedly, if necessary. Listen for the top note of each chord. There is an F# (1st string, 2nd fret) on top of the B7, and a G (1st string, 3rd fret) on the A7. Play them on your guitar. Listen for those notes. You'll hear the change eventually.
Once you hear the change, start practicing it. Very, very slowly strum the B7 two times and the A7 once. Do this over and over, with the goal of being able to play them in time - slowly but in time. Repeat that chord change 20 times each practice session. Keep at it. You will eventually be able to make the change.