Master Blaster (Jammin’)
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Master Blaster (Jammin’) Guitar Lesson and Backing Track
Learn how to play Master Blaster (Jammin’)
In the step by step course, I’ll first take you through how to play each section, all over the neck.
This involves building rhythm parts for the verse and the chorus. Using my examples as a starting point you will soon be able play ‘Master Blaster’ in an improvised way, or as the title suggest – Jammin’.
The instrumental sections take some serious work to get up to speed. Playing them all over the neck and discovering how to play the Minor Pentatonic in sequences really helps.
We also look at a Spytunes exclusive scale called Conspirian. This is a great scale to use when soloing over Master Blaster’s verse.
This is the last song in the course, when you can play this you are set up for the final lesson – To play all thirteen songs in a row, with a band, just like you would in a gig with a Motown/Soul band.
The chord progressions of ‘Master Blaster (Jammin’)’ break all sorts of harmonic rules.
||: Cm | Cm Bb | Ab | Ab G | F | F | Cm | Bb :||
||: Cm | G7 | F6 | F7 :||
The last two bars of the chorus could have F, F6 or F7 chords. The G7 could also be a G.
The harmonic structure of the verse is too complex to discuss here, find out more in the course.
The Minor Pentatonic in sequences
The most challenging part of playing ‘Master Blaster’ is the second instrumental section. This part has become so famous among musicians it is by many seen as a benchmark of your ability.
To learn it, you must first play the Minor Pentatonic in sequences, meaning moving up three notes, back one. Do this in all shapes followed by the opposite direction of three notes down, one up.
This final way of playing down the scale in sequences is the main foundation of Master Blaster’s riff.
It does get more complicated than just moving in this pattern, but as a starting point, practicing the concept is essential.
The best part is that this way of phrasing can be incorporated into most solos and licks with great a success. I’ll even go as far as saying that being able to play a Minor Pentatonic scale in sequences is essential for successful phrasing.
Master Blaster – Stevie Wonder
Everyone’s feeling pretty, it’s hotter than July
Though the world’s full of problems, they couldn’t touch us even if they tried
From the park I hear rhythms, Marley’s hot on the box
Tonight there will be a party, on the corner at the end of the block
Didn’t know you, would be jammin’ until the break of dawn
For complete lyrics, go to Master Blaster lyrics.
Stevie Wonder – Biography
Stevie’s natural groove and ability to so purely express music are untouched. His vocal phrasing and songwriting is second to none.
To find out more, go to Stevie Wonder biography.
These Motown/Soul songs require you to learn how to play fractions of barre chord shapes and build improvised licks using pentatonic scales.
To see all lessons, go to the Intermediate Electric Guitar Course
‘Be My Baby’, ‘Can I Get A Witness’, ‘Get Ready’, ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, ‘Jimmy Mack’, ‘Master Blaster (Jammin’)’, ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’, ‘My Guy’, ‘Rescue Me’, ‘Respect’, ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’, ‘Soul Man’, and ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’.
To preview each song, go to Intermediate Electric Songs
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