Fingerstyle Blues Guitar Solo In The Style Of ‘Step It Up And Go’
Step It Up And Go Lesson
In the last lesson we took a look at an easy Boogie Woogie accompaniment pattern. In this lesson you learn an authentic fingerstyle solo in the style of ‘Step It Up And Go’ by Blind Boy Fuller. Again this solo can be applied to a countless number of other Blues songs.
All examples are taken from my new book ‘Garantiert Akustik Bluesgitarre lernen’ (published by Alfred Music Publishing in November 2014), which contains many more examples and ideas (available at my website).
The basic solo motif a la ‘Step It Up And Go’
We start with this bluesy motif that is the main ingredient of our Step It Up And Go solo:
Then we accompany this melody with an alternating bass played with the thumb (if you don’t know about this technique please take a look at my previous lessons)mute to the bass notes.
Building a complete solo from this motif
In the next two bars we play a variation with a G7th chord in the second bar:
In bar 7 and 8 we can repeat one of the G figures we just learned or find another little variation.
For some extra spice I have thrown in a cool bass run:
The complete solo
In the last two bars one of the G riffs could be repeated, but I played a turnaround to make it even more interesting. The complete solo with all the licks we just learned would look like this:
Now try to find a few variations of the main lick on your own and incorporate them into your solo. Try a different picking pattern in bar 9 and 10. How about finding a variation of the main motif that fits the D chord? (Hint: Transpose the C lick two frets up or change the dissonant notes for more pleasing ones.)
Blind Boy Fuller (1907–1941) is one of the all time greats of Country Blues guitar.
‘Truckin’ My Blues Away’ (Yazoo 1060) is a nice sampler with 14 tracks to get you started.
If you want to go crazy about Blind Boy Fuller (and I suggest that you do 😉 you can either buy these two 4-CD-boxes from JSP with 100 tracks each:
‘1935–1938’ (JSP7735) and ‘Volume 2’ (JSP7772) (Vol. 2 contains ‘Step It Up And Go’)
or the Document Records CDs ‘Complete Recorded Works’ Vol. 1–6 (DOCD 5091-5096) (Vol. 5 contains ‘Step It Up And Go’).
The JSP-CDs usually have a better sound quality than the ones Document Records.
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7 responses to “Fingerstyle Blues Guitar Solo In The Style Of Step It Up And Go”
The great thing about the exercises is that there are enough of them…by that I mean than they lead you into more complex skills a step at a time. An analogy is when one is trying to learn a new piece, the idea is to break it down into smaller sections and then put the sections together. Alexander is a wizard at presenting meaningful bits that can be mastered and then built into something more complex.