Joe Pass (Advanced)

Perfectly complementing Joe Pass’ 1968 blues eighth-notes lesson is this chord-melody seminar. In this excerpt, Pass shows how he might ornament the IV chord (Eb9) in a Bb blues using a variety of harmonies.

“Do not play a piece the same way all the time,” wrote Pass. “Think of the possible ways of filling in between phrases—substitutions, melodic lines, passing chords—and try to do different things. Play what you feel at the moment. Try playing rubato [a feel in which strict time is disregarded] to freely explore and develop sections of a piece.”