Blues Thursday @ Whitehorse


D Jam Blues (known as C Jam Blues or Duke’s Place: 12 bar blues)

Check out these music videos for inspiration and ideas:

Duke Ellington jam- an original “music video”

Ellington Big Band

Ellington Band with Ella Fitzgerald


  1. Play melody    – AA rest rest rest AA AA A— D rest, rest, rest, rest, rest – 3xs
  1. This is the 12 bar blues form:
I chord I chord I chord I chord
IV chord IV chord I chord I chord
V chord IV chord I chord I chord
  1. Harmonic/rhythmic accompaniment: with chops on the off beats 1 2 3 4 – chops: up and down, row bow hold
I –(open)A/F# (E1) I -A/F# I -A/F# I -A/F#
IV – (A1)B/G (E low 2) IV – B/G I -A/F# I -A/F#
V – A/E IV – B/G I -A/F# I -A/F#
  1. Bass Line type of accompaniment
I: D A D A I: D A D A I: D A D A I: D D E F# WALK UP
IV: G D G D IV: G D G D I: D A D A I: D A D A
  1. Arpeggios accompaniment:

D Jam Blues I : D IV : G   V: A

D F# A F# D F# A F# D F# A F# D F# A F#
G B D B G B D B D F# A F# D F# A F#
A C# E C# G B D B D F# A F# D F# A F#
  1. The Art of the Jazz Solo
    1. Messing with the melody – rhythm and notes
    2. Using notes from the scales/making up your own melody:
      1. Major scale – works everywhere too.

D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D

  1. Blues scale – magic—it works everywhere

D, F, G, G#, A, C, D


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October 20, Thursday at Whitehorse

Version 2

Hi Whitehorse String friends,

I get to meet you all this week on Thursday as i will be in your orchestra classes. I thought you might like this photo!? It’s a gig i played on Labor Day with 2 of the musicians coming to your school with me in December, Jon Vriesacker (on violin) and John Becker (on keys).

I want to encourage you all to practice the things in the post from last week and to write me notes. Make comments or just say “hi, with your name and instrument” by clicking the “leave a comment” button.  below this post.

Looking forward to Thursday!

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Getting Started- C Jam Blues


Learning scales and arpeggios is a good way to build your vocabulary as an improviser. For C Jam Blues (for the ease of string players we will learn this song in the key of D Major) practice these exercises:

D Major scale – D, E, F#, G, A, B, C# D (up and down)

D arpeggio  – D, F#, A, octave D, A, F# D (up and down)

G arpeggio – G, B, D, octave G, D, B, G (up and down)

A arpeggio – A, C#, E, octave A, E, C#, A (up and down)

D Blues Scale – D, F, G, G#, A, C, octave D (up and down)


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Hello Whitehorse Middle School musicians!

This is a beginning, I’d like to introduce myself, I’m Laurie Lang bassist and composer and a musician coming to do a jazz residency with you and your orchestra. I’d like to invite all Whitehorse String kids to dialog with me as i work on jazz charts for the tunes we’ll play together and some with just a professional group.

You are welcome to ask questions here or give me ideas to make the arrangements better.

Our Tunes will be:

C Jam blues (in the key of D)

My Favorites Things – in E minor (modal)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

and a free improv tune that we’ll play together.

Here is a photo of my family. We have a band, my 2 girls both started on violin but now 1 plays mandolin, ukulele, guitar, saxophone and trumpet and the other ukulele, piano and some drums. My husband plays sax and harmonicas and we all sing pretty well.


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December 15 – Whitehorse Middle School String Jazz

Jon Vriesaker, Chris Wagoner, Mary Gaines, John Becker and Laurie Lang will join with the students of Jessica Wahl at Whitehorse Middle school for a great couple days of fun and improvisation traveling from Duke Ellington Blues to John Coltrane Modal and free jazz.

Watch for more about this!

jon-vsnroadduocropLaurie-promo July 2011

John Becker

John Becker

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Tuesday, May 31 & August 2, 5:30-9pm

Tuesday, August 2nd At Lilliana’s

Laurie Lang Calendar

John Vitale- guitar, 12809505_10204940490105842_8231330705010340560_nMarilyn Fisher-vocal/percussion 11225452_10153280950303693_5726894765932609595_oand Laurie Lang – bass violin425916_3162005402528_1784289446_n, will warm you with their swinging, grooving, improvising delights.

This group has that Ella Fitzgerald, Jim Hall, Ray Brown kind of groove and feel. If this music does not make you feel good, a free beer on us.:)

The food is amazing! GREAT outing for the Tuesday night Blues.

Join us at Lillianas, Tuesday May 31, 5:30 -9pm

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Saturday night, June25, 8:15pm

At Fountain of Life Church, Badger Road, 8:15pm Becca May Grant and the Rivers of Madison will perform a home court concert for their church folk and other Madison community folk who want to come j…

Source: Saturday night, June25, 8:15pm

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