Blues – expand your repertoire
After you have learned the basic components of guitar blues such as dominant chords and 12 bar blues progressions it's time to expand your knowledge in different directions. In this article you will discover new skills.
Alternate blues accompaniments
Besides from common blues shuffle, here is another way to play blues on rhythm guitar:
A7, Asus13, A7 (II)
The chords above are A7, Asus13 and an A7 voicing (notice that the first and third chord is not identical). Play these chords in the sequence: A7 - Asus13 - A7 (II) - Asus13, choose between strumming and finger picking. Now, play these chords ...
D7, Dsus13, D7/9
The chords above are D7, Dsus13 and D7/9. Play these chords from left to right. Play these chords in the sequence: D7 - Dsus13 - D7/9 - Dsus13. Now, play these chords ...
E7, Esus13, E7 (II)
The chords above are E7, Esus13 and an E7 voicing (notice that the first and third chord is not identical). Play these chords in the sequence: E7 - Esus13 - E7 (II) - Esus13.
In the end, you should try to put it all together with the A7 bundle, D7 bundle and E7 bundle a sequences.
Acknowledge should be given to the book Blues Guitar Rules in which these chords and tabs are presented.
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