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Jazz Guitar Lessons • Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams • George Benson • Chord Melody, Chords, Tab, Video

Updated on March 19, 2017

Unique beginner to intermediate level blues guitar book

Learning Blues Guitar

I have been teaching guitar professionally since 1992, when Don’t Fret Guitar Instruction was established. Over the years, I have taught countless students (beginners to advanced) how to play or improve their chops. Past students include four members of PROTEST THE HERO.

With this book, my goal is to relate the scales with chords and rhythms as opposed to just learning solos or licks and having no idea how to apply them. Good rhythm playing and knowledge is crucial to good soloing and vice versa. This comes through understanding the relationship between chords and scales. This book provides that important foundation.

The book is unique in the fact that each chapter is based around a different key signature and an open (contains unfretted notes), pattern of the pentatonic scale. There are five chapters covering the key signatures of E, A, D, G and C, and the five open ‘box patterns’ (scale patterns) of the pentatonic scale. Eventually all the box patterns are covered, from the open strings to the fifteenth fret.

There is no endless scale practice or useless licks to learn. Instead, each chapter begins with a chord progression, moves into various rhythm patterns derived from the chord progression, and then culminates with solos based on the scale and key covered. These solos tie in with the chord progression and rhythm patterns to form a complete lesson for each chapter.

The book is progressive. Upon completion, the student will have a solid foundation in blues guitar, and will understand the rhythm, lead connection.

The book is best studied from beginning to end, without slighting any material. All theory is explained in the simplest terms. There are fretboard diagrams for the scales, chord grids, and photos of hand positions as well as videos posted on YouTube to aid in the learning process.

It is best, but not necessary, to have a knowledge of barre and open chord shapes before beginning this course. All the chords have fretboard grids associated with them.

Good luck and have fun. Music is a celebration. Enjoy!

Lorne K. Hemmerling

George Benson: Live at Montreux 1986
George Benson: Live at Montreux 1986

George Benson is one of the finest guitar players in the history

of jazz. Over the years he has worked in many different genres

from soul to jazz to blues to pop and achieved success in all of

them. He has one of the rare artists who has managed to combine

critical acclaim and commercial success in equal measures.

A frequent visitor to Montreux (he has performed there 11 times

including 2005), George Benson has selected this show from

1986 as the first he would like released. Taken from the height of

his commercial success the concert includes classics and hit

tracks throughout the set including Lady Love Me (One More

Time), Love Ballad, In Your Eyes, Love x Love, 20/20, On

Broadway, Turn Your Love Around and Never Give Up On A Good

Thing among many more.



I did this arrangement many years ago after hearing George Benson's version. It is a beautiful melody, and one of my favourite Benson (and there are many) pieces.

Chord Shapes

I found this tune very easy to arrange. Many of the chords are the same name, just different inversions and voicings. Measure one is a good example of this. The first Ab Major (beat one), is the second inversion. Chord spelling is Eb (fifth), Ab (first, or root), C (third). This chord could also be an Fm7. Chord spelling: Eb (seventh), Ab (minor third), C (fifth). In this case there would be no root. The second Ab Major (beat 3), is the root position. Chord spelling: Ab (first, or root), C (third), Eb (fifth), Ab (first, or root, octave higher).

Diminished Chords

Diminished chords are very interesting. On the guitar fretboard, diminished loosely translates to one fret lower. Mostly used as passing chords (chords that are used to connect two chords, rarely used as the basis for a song), the chord repeats four frets higher. For example: G dim7 contains the notes, G (root), Db (diminished fifth), E (diminished seventh), Bb (minor third). Four frets higher (based on the eighth fret), the chord contains the same notes in a different order: Bb (root), E (diminished fifth), G (diminished seventh), Db (minor third). Four frets higher than that (based on the eleventh fret), the same notes again in a different order: Db (root), G (diminished fifth) , Bb (diminished seventh), E (minor third). Four frets higher (based on the fourteenth fret): E (root), Bb (diminished fifth), Db (diminished seventh), G (minor third). Every note in the chord can be thought of as a root note. When playing a G dim7, you are also playing Db dim7, an E dim7, and a Bb dim7.

In old movies and cartoons, this progression was commonly used when the villain entered the room. I employed this movement in the arrangement for God Bless The Child.

Chord Shapes In Playing Order


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      rick 3 years ago

      many days at the hub

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      Lorne Hemmerling 6 years ago from Oshawa

      Thanks so much, lucybell21. You are my biggest fan :•)

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      Bonny OBrien 6 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Of course once again great hub! And lots of great info.