Blues Guitar Institute

Play Video

2 Cool D7 Licks to Get Back to the A Chord

Lesson ID: TB139

In this lesson, we’ll develop your ability to transition seamlessly between the D and A chords with two sweet lick ideas.

In Lesson #138, we built a series of licks in A that really helped you travel the neck.

The “A sound” happens in many different spots on the neck and you need to be confident moving around the fretboard while maintaining the A tonality. The best way to help that, is to really focus on A.

Take Lesson #138 for a spin if you haven’t already. Then, take things further and just jam on your own over an A chord at various spots on the neck.

But as fun as a one-chord jam is, after a while, you’ll be begging to switch chords.

That’s where today’s lesson will come in handy.

In this lesson, we’ll take a look at 2 cool licks that will help you smoothly transition from D to A (and back).

You’ll learn:

  • How to play a bluesy lick in D that leads you to an A chord
  • Why an A bass sounds perfectly good over the D licks
  • How to alter that lick for a slightly different sound

Other Related Lessons

When you are ready, there are two ways I can help you:

Back Porch Blues Course:  A proven system to fingerpicking the blues.  This step-by-step course guides you through building fundamental fingerpicking skills.  Plus, you’ll learn three levels of a delta blues style performance study to put your new skills into action.

Become a myBGI Member: Membership comes with access to Back Porch Blues plus over 70 step-by-step courses.  Get proven results with one of myBGI’s structured Roadmaps.

Subscribe to Tuesday Blues​

Join 14,000 Tuesday Blues subscribers for weekly lessons.  You’ll get strategies, tips and tutorials to help you play better blues guitar.

    Hey, Before You Go...


    Unlock the fretboard so you can play great blues guitar.