TUNE: CHEAP THRILLS
This is a rock groove in a 12-bar blues
form. It IS a cheap thrill to play, because its fun. The left
hand, dont swing it. Play it straight and accent the backbeats
(2&4) when you get it down. Dont pound, bounce. Bubble.
Strong bubbles. The bassline is the classic shuffle pattern that
goes all the way back to Robert Johnson. Play it the same on the
three chords of the song, C, F and G (transpose it). Its a
great groove to improvise with, because the rhythm is simple, and
you can focus on the right hand.
The melody is all in the blues minor scale
(C-Eb-F-F#-G-Bb-C). Practice the holy heck out of that. Listen to
the recording, and pick out the notes off the page. Its a
three phrase blues form: melody does the same thing twice, and then
changes it up the third time (A-A-B). Learn the melody all by itself.
Play the bassline all by itself. When you put them together, do
just a couple measures at a time! Feel free to change the melody
notes once you got it, but keep the rhythm of the melody (keep using
the blues scale), and the FORM (a-a-b). Imitate what you hear. Invent
new things from that.