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Wishing Blues
Wishing Blues
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This is a study of the Jungle groove, blues scale and the riff used in the Billy Boy Arnold song “I Wish You Would,” but sequenced into a 12-bar form similar to the Ray Charles song, “What’d I Say?”. This groove is not a shuffle or swing. It is a straight 8th-note groove with a heavy use of the tom drums. The overall tonality is very dark blues and is also a study in tongue block switching.

This song requires advanced tongue blocking and breathing skills, and moderate bending skills. Everything except the chords should be played using tongue blocking. Memorize the Tempo, Form, Groove, Key & Start and ending signal (TFGKS). Note the general page dynamic markings of s=soft, M=Moderate, L=LOUD! It is always better to say the name of the soloist if you know it. Don’t say “guitar” if the soloist is not a guitar player or if the guitar player doesn’t want to solo!!!
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