Cracking The Blues Rock Code - The 30 Day (Plus) Challenge
If you remember the enrollment to the 5 Day Blues Rock Challenge you probably remember this 24 bar Video:
To give you an idea of where you can get to with the full 30 Day (Plus) version of the Challenge, here's a longer video for you to check out. You should hear some familiar material - R-3-4-Ch/8-b7-6-5/Bar 9 Turnaround Devices and Modifying Devices - but there's much more going on here:
Now if you actually watched the video and you explicitly heard and identified some R-3-4-Ch or 8-b7-6-5 devices (or any of the variations) - that's a sign that you've already taken some big steps forwards just from going through the 5 Day Challenge!
Around Day 4 of the 5 Day Challenge I had an email from one of the students, a lady called Mary in Canada. And here's what she said:
" Probably thefirst time I actually practiced 5 days in a row in forever. Currently I play bass for a band and am so glad to have found something I can use tomorrow at our next practice."
The 5 Day Challenge was created by taking out some of the early content from a previous 30 Day Challenge that I ran. The 30 Day (Plus) Version expands on that - imagine the compound interest effect of taking something new every day for the next 30 days or so and adding THAT to playing with your band!
In 2019 I created my first ever 30 Day Challenge.
It was called The Tommy Shannon 30 Day Challenge and featured (no surprises) mostly devices and ideas from Tommy Shannon's playing with Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Weirdly enough though, Tommy's playing is a great way to learn all the core devices and ideas found in Blues Rock. So although the Challenge has been rechristened "Cracking The Blues Rock Code" the core of the material we'll be working through is drawn from that original Challenge.
There are three notable additions though:
- in the original Challenge we didn't spent much time on deliberate composition - which in subsequent Challenges I've run has become the most important part of the Challenge . So the 30 Day Plus Challenge has been rewritten to incorporate this in much greater detail (see also the section below on The Critique Library)
- Because you've already done most of the first 6 days of the Challenge, I've added six more days to the 30 Day (Plus) version. So now we go up to Day 30 as before...but there are six bonus days covering advanced ideas from other players
- the original challenge focused on mid tempo swung 8th note bass lines (Pride And Joy, Statesboro BLues, Sweet Home Chicago...those kind of tunes) but in the 30 Day (Plus) version we've now got detailed sections on playing 12:8 tunes (e.g. Texas Flood, Stormy Monday)
Here are some of the things we're going to be working on to improve your Blues Rock Bass IQ in this 30 Day Challenge:
- creating your own blues rock lines with deliberate composition
- the R-3-4-Ch triplet variation with harmonic movement
- two bar devices (part 1)
- five ideas lifted from a Jaco Pastorius jazz blues
- what to play in a classic trio setting when guitar starts to solo
- playing muted notes with swing 8th ntoes and triplets
- open string modifying device borrowed from a "disco" bass player
- triplet modifying devices
- 12:8 bass line ideas from Texas Flood
- more two bar devices
- bar 9 turnaround devices
- devices incorporating unusual chromatic approach notes
- using "Rocco Prestia" triplets in blues rock
- 12:8 bass line ideas from Stormy Monday
- adapting swing 8th note lines for straight 8th note...and vice versa
- the Duck Dunn two bar pattern (from Sweet Home Chicago)
- how to set up the 5th on the downbeat (and when to do so)
- layered deliberate composition
- using the front end-back end concept with 12:8 bass lines
- stop verse and stop verse fills
- the Duck Dunn last note modifying device
- approach notes and target notes - the five different types of approach notes
You'll also be creating your own lines using all of the above ideas (and more) using a technique that I've pioneered and teach all my students that's called deliberate composition! (If all you took from the Cracking The Blues Rock Code 30 Day (Plus) Challenge was deliberate composition you'd still be on track to make big improvements in your bass playing.)
The screenshots below were on the enrollment page for the 5 Day Challenge as well...but they were written about the original version of THIS 30 Day Challenge (and not the PLUS Version) so they are 100% relevant:
Or how about this for the kind of effect the Challenge will have not only on your playing but also how you hear bass lines:
So How Much Is The Investment In The Blues Rock 30 Day (Plus) Challenge?
I wanted to make this challenge totally affordable but also be enough money so that those students who take the Challenge value what they've invested in and it gives them a kick to do the actual work. (If they don't do the work...it's just information that's going unused and collecting virtual dust on the Interwebz).
Now each lesson in the Cracking The Blues Rock Code 30 Day (Plus) Challenge covers a similar amount of ground as a lesson with a face to face teacher would. Good teachers (who are rare as hens teeth) charge around $75 to $100 per lesson. Let's err on the low side and say you can find a good teacher for just $50. 35 Lessons with such a teacher requires an investment of $1750.
Plus the opportunity cost of travel time (if it's not on Skype). And travel expenses. And unless you record the lesson in some ways - which most teachers won't allow - then you have to be great at taking notes and recall (which takes up more time).
That doesn't take account of the value of bonus lessons that are in the 'Plus' version , the critique library , the video song tutorials and the other bonuses..
So let's say that's the equivalent of around another 10 to 15 lessons worth of material, that would take your investment well north of $2000.
If you enroll on the Cracking The Blues Rock Code 30 Day (Plus) Challenge today though you won't pay $2000.
You won't pay half of that - $1000.
You won't even pay a tenth of that - $200.
Instead, the investment requires to enroll on this unique program where you can learn the foundational devices and ideas in Blues Rock bass and put them to use in your own playing is just...
On It's Own That Represents A Great Investment...
But If You Enroll Today...Here's What You're Going To Get
The Critique Library is an invaluable resource.
Previous run through of the Challenge were live - and students submitted their own bass lines to me and I critiqued them.
One of the unintended side benefits was that because this was done in a private group with all the students, EVERY student could learn from looking at the submitted bass lines AND the critiques.
These compositions and critiques are presented on their own pages for you to check out and learn from. And the original lines were created by students just like you. If they can do it, then so can you!
So by studying these you get inspiration (if they can do it....so can you) AND information (what to do, what works, what not to do, what doesn't work)!
Need More Information Before You Make Your Decision?
Bonus 1 - Blues Rock Video Tutorial Collection (value $127)
This is a collection of 50 song videos demonstrating the bass lines to the songs being played. Most songs are broken down into sections, and each section is played twice - once at performance tempo and once at slowed down tempo. The videos are edited with picture in picture so you can clearly see what's going on. There's no downloadable notation and tab but you do get interactive soundslices of each section. Songs include Pride And Joy, Statesboro Blues, Sweet Home Chicago, Stormy Monday, Key To The Highway and more. (Goes live at end of Challenge - but 4 of the above mentioned are already live and in the members area waiting for you.)
Bonus 2 - Deliberate Practice For Bass Version 1.0 (value $47)
In 2010 I wrote a 300 plus page book about applying Deliberate Practice for bass which used to sell for $77. Now I no longer sell this book because my understanding of deliberate practice has outgrown what I originally wrote about - but the information isn't outdated in any way and is still 100% relevant. One day I'll write Version 2.0 which will layer in the understandings I've gained in the last 8 or 9 years that go beyond this...but this is still a great place to start learning about what should be a foundational level topic but that: (a) no-one really teaches and (b) no-one who does mention it seems to properly understand
Bonus 3 - How To Practice In your Dead Time (value $47)
This is an eBook I wrote in 2011 about how you can use time when you don't have your bass handy to practice your bass. If you productively use 30 minutes of 'dead time' a day you'll get an additional 150 hours of practice in the next 12 months! (Which is actually priceless!)
Bonus 4 - 80-20 Pride And Joy Walkthrough (Value $30)
You saw the intro section of Pride And Joy on the "Bonus" Day of the 5 Day Challenge. Every section in the song gets the same 80-20 Device Deconstruction treatment in this bonus. (Goes live at the end of the Challenge)
Bonus 5 - 80-20 Sweet Home ChicagoWalkthrough (Value $20)
This is a walkthrough of 5 choruses from Sweet Home Chicago where we'll check out how Duck gets through each chorus, how he connects devices (often with Last Note Modifying Devices) and we'll look at one chorus with examples of the Duck 2 Bar Pattern that we'll check out in the Challenge itself. (Goes Live at the end of the Challenge)
Bonus 6 - 80-20 Key To The Highway Walkthrough (Value $20)
This is a walkthrough of 5 choruses from Carl Radle's bass line on Key To The Highway (with Derek and the Dominos). There's some really interesting stuff hidden away under Clapton and Duance Allman's wailing guitar solos....and we'll unpack some of that in these videos. (Goes live at end of Challenge)
Bonus 7 - 80-20 Statesboro Blues Walkthrough (Value $20)
Berry Oakley is one of my favourite blues rock bass players and his untimely passing in 73 robbed us of years of his playing - especially as it was showing signs of real evolution in the 5 Piece Allman Brothers band without Duance. You can hear this clearly on the Live At Macon CD - and this is the version of Statesboro that we'll be walking through.
Bonus 8 - Time And Groove Class ($20)
There's a great book for Drummers called It's About Time - I lifted two types of exercises from that book that bass players can use to work on their sense of internal time. Using some blues rock style bass lines of different complexity we'll work through these exercises so you can see how to add these practice exercises to your toolbox of ideas to improve your bass playing. This Bonus will go live at the end of the Challenge (and there will be practice tracks for you to download to practice the exercises I demonstrate with).
Future Bonuses - (Value $47)
I've got plans to add more bonuses over time to make this even more valuable. The first of those will be a unique collection of Blues Rock Sight Reading Etudes...there's a real dearth of real world sight reading literature around and this is something I've wanted to put together for a while. I think there will be 30 etudes by the time I'm finished - so you know the second example video on this page is the first etude in the collection so you can see the kind of things that will be included. This is scheduled to be completed in 2021 but will roll out - etude by etude - as time allows.
It's time for you to make a decision - and the way I see it you have three options:
Option #1 - do nothing and your bass playing will stay pretty much exactly as it is right now
Option #2 - create your own program to study blues rock. You can analyze all of the published transcriptions of the main songs in the blues rock canon (e.g. Pride And Joy, Statesboro Blues, Sweet Home Chicago, Key To The Highway and so on). Once you've analyzed between 50 and 100 of these perfromances you should start to have a good idea on which devices and ideas are foudn throughout the blues rock repertoire.
Then all you'll need to do is work out a sequential learning system to internalize and assimilate those devices and ideas AND develop a system to teach yourself how to take those devices and ideas and turn them into good bass lines.
If you're willing to work hard transcribing and analyzing you may be able to pull it off. (If you need to budget time for this....500 hours would be a good starting point)
Option #3 - let my 30 Day (Plus) Challenge do the heavy lifting for you. It's already been used by over 200 students with highly positive results - and YOU could have the same results for yourself.
Of these three options, ask yourself this question: What's Going To Be Easiest For You?
In my experience there are two types of students....those who dream about playing to a higher level without taking the required action to make it happen.
And those who are ready to take action when the opportunity presents itself to them.
Which one are you: the dreamer (who in 30 days time will be in EXACTLY the same place you are now) or the action taker (who in 30 days will be finishing up the Blues Rock 30 Day (Plus) Challenge and be armed with a ton of ideas to put into your bass playing in the coming months)?
One Final Thing To Note
Although this Challenge is called "Blues Rock" it's very much built around the playing of Tommy Shannon because I needed a way of focusing the material..... but the Challenge is (counter-intuitively) NOT about trying to sound like Tommy Shannon.
The Challenge is about learning the core devices found in blues rock and learning how to put them together to create your own bass lines.
I'm so sure of this program that there's not one but TWO guarantees!
Guarantee 1 - Day 10 100% Money Back Guarantee: I know that you'll find the unique tutorial combination of video, notation/tab and backing tracks in the CTBRC 30 Day (plus) Challenge will help you step up your bass playing, understanding of bass line creation AND putting your own bass lines together.
If for whatever reason you're not satisfied by Day 10 of the challenge all you have to do is drop me an email and let me know. I'll refund your purchase ASAP with no hassles and no hoops to jump through, and we can part as friends.
TO BE CLEAR: if you've been through the 5 Day Challenge then you've already been through approximately the first 6 Days of the 30 Day Challenge. .
Guarantee 2 - "End Of Challenge/ Made No Progress"100% Money Back Guarantee
This is what's known as a conditional guarantee. Here's the condition to trigger this one: if at the end of the Challenge you did everything that was asked but made no progress in your playing or understanding of how great bass lines are created then all you need to do is drop me an email to let me know and enclose all the deliberate composition exercises - completed by you - from the Challenge and I'll refund your enrollment fee with the same lack of drama as described above.
- Hit the bit yellow JOIN NOW button below. That will take you to the offical enrollment page on my 80-20 Site.
- Log onto your account using the same email/password combination that you used for the 5 day Challenge.
- You can now proceed and enroll securely using Paypal or Credit Card.
- Dive into the pre-training lessons and the bonuses that are waiting for you in the members area!
When you go to a gig, a jam or a rehearsal or play with other musicians no-one will care whether you can play diminished scale licks or machine gun triplets or non-muddy chords.
Instead they'll ONLY care about you filling your role as a bass player. You can learn the core ideas and devices from Blues Rock Bass in this Challenge - as well as some advanced ideas too - and more importantly, you'll learn how to put these core devices and ideas together.
Taking this 30 Day (Plus) Challenge will start you on the process of incorporating some of his foundational playing devices into your toolbox plus you'll learn how to start developing original bass lines using the foundational devices and ideas of Blues Rock bass.
P.S. In case you're one of those people like me who likes to skip to the end...here's the deal:
When you join the CTBRC 30 Day (Plus) Challenge (for just $157 - ) you're going to get access to a unique 30 Day Challenge that will improve your bass playing, improve your understanding of constructing bass lines and kick start the process of confidently creating your own interesting bass lines modelled on the core devices and ideas from the Blues Rock repertoire. Plus there's several hundred dollars of bonuses....so you've got multiples in terms of value for money BEFORE you even go to the first pre-training day in the Challenge!
Q.Do I Have Access To The Lessons For Just The 30 Days Of The Challenge?
The Lessons appear on a daily basis….once the Challenge is complete and all the lesson have been published, you will retain unlimited access to the Lessons.
Q.What Level Of Theory Do I Need To Have?
A.Required theory level is pretty basic – you need to know what root notes and thirds and fifths and sixths and so on are. And how to find them in specific keys or chord centres.
More Testimonials And Comments
Over 400 students have already been through the 30 Day Challenges I run and I've taken screenshots of emails and facebook comments about the Challenge that you can look through and have a slew of others to add as well!