Blues School: Grace Notes

A great way to add some bluesy edge to your sound is to use blue notes as grace notes that slide into the chord tones. Listen to the profound difference the grace notes make...

Without Grace Notes

Blues Grace Notes

 

With Grace Notes

Blues Grace Notes

The key to success is to play the grace note and the main note as a single musical and physical impulse. When the grace note is a black key and the main note a white key, this is easily accomplished by sliding the very same finger off of the black note onto the white note. When going from white to white or white to black, you need to use different fingers, but the same notion applies: Play the grace note and the main note as a single musical and physical impulse, not two separate ideas.