Halloween Jackson Blues
Laurie Richards, Nebraska
I just remembered a Jackson Blues variation I like to teach around Halloween that makes it sound a little creepy:
RH – for each chord, move finger 3 down a 1/2 step (makes them minor chords – they don’t need to know that if they haven’t gotten to that in Acc1)
LH – for each position, thumb moves up a 1/2 step to a black note instead of the white note.
I call it Spooky Jackson.
Kirsten R., New Zealand
Cool! So far this week my students have played Spooky Minuet, Halloween Dog? and changed Sleeping into Nightmares 🤣 Halloween sure is a great time to get kids doing creative things!
We simply changed the pieces from major into minor keys although I’m now playing around with a more developed minor version of Sleeping. My young students were amazed they could change the entire mood of a song by changing just one or two notes!
Mark M., New York
Jackson Boos 😉
Diane C., California
Mark M. thats so cute! I call it spooky blues!
Megan F., Nebraska
I think I’ll use that idea with a class today – thanks! Another thing I’ve been doing is giving my students a creepy chord progression to play around with: Cm Ebm Gbm Am
Joan H., Canada
And of course – Laurie your idea of Sleeping in A position – change speed, volume, rhythm to spookify a lullaby!
Original discussion started October 18, 2022