The song of the week is 'Love, Please Come Home' in the key of B.
Reno & Smiley - key of A
Del McCoury - key of B
Bill Monroe - key of B
The chord progression for 'Love Please Come Home' is:
Compare this with the progression for 'You Are My Sunshine' (Prog. V4 on the basic chord progressions chart):
The b7 Chord
The b7 (flat seven) chord is always one whole step (= two half steps) lower than the 1 chord. It is called the b7 chord because its root note is obtained by flatting (i.e., lowering by one half step) the 7th note ('ti') of the major scale.
in the key of G: b7 = F
in the key of A: b7 = G
in the key of Bb: b7 = Ab
in the key of B: b7 = A
in the key of C: b7 = Bb
in the key of D: b7 = C
in the key of E: b7 = D
in the key of F: b7 = Eb
Melody & Breaks (for non-capoed instruments)
Notice that the melody of 'Love Please Come Home' contains two notes that are not part of the B Major Scale (see the attachments). These two notes, the flatted 3rd and the flatted 7th (D & A respectively when in the key of B), are called 'blue notes'. Blue notes frequently show up in licks in bluegrass breaks even in songs in which the melody does not contain any blue notes. When the melody of a song does contain blue notes, take that as an invitation to try using more blue notes than usual in your breaks.
When playing in keys that have a lot of sharps in them (B has 5 sharps), being able to make extensive use of blue notes can often help to make playing breaks in those keys easier because the blue notes end up being notes that belong to the more user-friendly keys that have fewer sharps in them.
To acquaint yourself with making use of 'A' notes when playing in the key of B, try playing the following scale:
B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A, B.
This is known as the B Mixolydian Scale. It consists of the same notes as the E Major Scale (4 sharps instead of 5 sharps). To get the hang of making use of A notes while playing in the key of B, try playing a break for Old Joe Clark in the key of B by raising every note by a whole step that you play in your key of A break for the tune. Here is a comparison of the notes of the A and B Mixolydian Scales to help you with this:
A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G
B, C#,D#,E, F#,G#,A
To acquaint yourself with using A and D notes when playing in the key of B: try playing the following two scales:
B, C#, D, E, F#, G#, A, B (B Dorian Scale: consists of the same notes as the A Major Scale: 3 sharps)
B, D, E, F#, A, B (B Minor Pentatonic Scale: consists of the same notes as the D Major Pentatonic Scale)
Clinch Mountain Backstep and Cluck Old Hen both use the Minor Pentatonic Scale. Try playing a break in B for one or both of these tunes by raising all the notes in your key of A breaks up a whole step.
Here is a comparison of the notes of the A Minor Pentatonic and B Minor Pentatonic Scales:
A, C, D, E, G
B, D, E, F#,A
Melody & Breaks (for capoed instruments)
Notice that the melody of 'Love Please Come Home' contains two notes that are not part of the G Major Scale (see the banjo and guitar tab melody sheets in the attachments). These two notes, the flatted 3rd and the flatted 7th (Bb & F respectively when in the key of G), are called 'blue notes'. Blue notes frequently show up in licks in bluegrass breaks even in songs in which the melody does not contain any blue notes. When the melody of a song does contain blue notes, take that as an invitation to try using more blue notes than usual in your breaks.
If you do not have much experience with using blue notes in your breaks, try playing your breaks for Old Joe Clark (contains F notes when played in G), and Clinch Mountain Backstep or Cluck Old Hen (both tunes contain Bb and F notes when played in G) before working up a break for Love Please Come Home. Then, as you work out a break for Love Please Come Home, try to find spots where you can make use of the some of the same moves and note combinations in it that you use when playing Old Joe Clark, Clinch Mtn., etc.
19 songs were played at last night's jam:
Angel Band - Bb
Cherokee Shuffle - A
Clinch Mountain Backstep - A
Homestead On The Farm - D
I Can't Feel At Home In This World Anymore (played twice) - G
In The Sweet By And By - A
Little Liza Jane - D
Love Of The Mountains - A
Love Please Come Home - B
Wildwood Flower - G
A Memory Of You - Bb
Hand Me Down My Walking Cane - G
Will The Circle Be Unbroken - E
Bill Cheatham - A
The Girl I Left Behind Me - G
Red Wing - G
Old Joe Clark - A
Cripple Creek - A
Cabin In Caroline - G
Jason's Intermediate Jam Blog 2019 - 2021
Was weekly on Thursdays
Songs regularly called at the Beginner Bluegrass Jam and links from Jason's "Song of the Week" emails. (from Renee)
in alphabetical order