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Play an Upbeat Texas Blues

Introduction

The Texas Blues is an upbeat sub-genre that often makes use of fast, rock-oriented blues riffs.

The Classic Riff

This track is meant to accompany a classic riff used in Texas-style blues. You’ll hear many variants of this riff if you listen to artists like Stevie-Ray Vaughan who made this style famous.

The Chord Progression

Chords in E

E7 musical repeat symbol musical repeat symbol musical repeat symbol
A7 musical repeat symbol E7 musical repeat symbol
B7 A7 E7 E7 — (B7)

Chord Function

I musical repeat symbol musical repeat symbol musical repeat symbol
IV musical repeat symbol I musical repeat symbol
V IV I I — IV

Materials to Use

  • Beginners: E minor pentatonic or E “blues” scale
  • Intermediate: Combine E minor pentatonic and E major pentatonic

Don't forget to learn the “Texas Blues riff” highlighted here.

E Pentatonic Minor

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e natural
b natural
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a natural
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g natural
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E Pentatonic Major

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f sharp, g flat
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f sharp, g flat
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Backing Track

When you’re ready to put it all together, play along with the track below.

Exercises

  • Play the chords E7, A7, and B7 along with the track.
  • If you know any other versions of these chords, try those instead.
  • Play the E pentatonic minor scale along with the track, in time.
  • Play the E pentatonic major scale along with the track, in time.
  • Develop 2-3 short melodies using the scales. Each melody should consist of 5-10 notes. Play the melodies with the track.

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