The world of blues rhythm is the fo­cus of Jon Bishop for this les­son. It covers key chord shapes - some you’ll know but many you won’t - then places them in con­text. In a rhythm rut? Then read on! All the Blues chords you’ll ever need!

Guitar Techniques - - BLUES -

Wel­come to this month’s big cover fea­ture. The aim of this les­son is to take tried and tested fin­ger­ings for the var­i­ous chord types you will need for blues ac­com­pa­ni­ment, then pro­vide you with chord work­outs and some ac­tual blues pre­gres­sions in which to em­ploy them.

I say “tried and tested” but my guess is that quite a few of these shapes will be new to you, so there’s a rea­son­able learn­ing curve here too - plus it’s not just an im­pas­sive list of chord boxes with no con­text in which to sit them.

Many play­ers have all the solo­ing moves, but when it’s time to take a back seat they seem lost as to what to do. Of­ten you see them bash­ing out full barre chords and bring­ing no great har­monic or rhyth­mic in­ter­est to the ta­ble. If that’s you, then this is the per­fect fea­ture to help you out of that rut.

To get you started, we have pro­vided chord fin­ger­ings in all po­si­tions on the neck. These are in the gui­tar-friendly key of A, but are of course move­able to any key you like. And re­mem­ber, you don’t al­ways have to play the whole chord - two or three notes are of­ten very ef­fec­tive. You also don’t al­ways need to have the root note in the bass, and you will no­tice some of our chords start with some­thing other than the root as the first note. This can sound so­phis­ti­cated but does take a lit­tle prac­tice to get used to. We didn’t have the space in a sin­gle fea­ture to list all the two- or three-note ver­sions of these chords as the op­tions are end­less, so you can ex­per­i­ment and find per­mu­ta­tions that suit each sit­u­a­tion.

Our first six pages of mu­sic list the chord fin­ger­ings, and of course there’s an au­dio demon­stra­tion so you can hear what they sound like too. There’s then a rhythm gui­tar piece that fol­lows a 12-bar blues pro­gres­sion and places the var­i­ous chords from that sec­tion into a func­tion­ing rhythm part.

The fi­nal four pages con­cen­trate on var­i­ous types of blues pro­gres­sion, with a bass and drums back­ing. Here all of the chord types are mixed up and used in a mu­si­cal set­ting. The chord fam­i­lies we are cov­er­ing are 7ths, 9ths, 11ths, 13ths, Al­tered Dom­i­nant and Di­min­ished. They re­ally are all the blues chords you’ll ever need, so let’s get go­ing! Many thanks to Univer­sal Au­dio for the loan of the Apollo in­ter­face for the record­ing.

Robben Ford knows what to play when not solo­ing

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