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A Little Something for the A Chord

Lesson ID: TB052

Call and response licks don’t end on the I Chord.  This lesson will show you how to carry a call and response idea from the I chord to the IV chord in the key of A.

Remember back to Tuesday Blues #20 and 21?

Well for a quick refresher, in lesson 20 we talked about the importance of call and response licks in blues. Then we went on to talk about one way to use chromatics in blues.   I recently had a revelation about those two lessons…

I kinda left you hangin, didn’t I?

Well, to make that up to you, I’ll show you the missing pieces of the whole twelve bar blues in the coming lessons. And we will start today with bars 5 through 8.

Moving the Call and Response to the A Chord

Bar five of a typical twelve bar blues tune moves to the A chord. Since we had a nice little call and response motif working for us on the E chord back in Lesson 20, we will continue that to the A chord.

Have a look at the video to see how we kept the overall vibe of the tune the same from the E chord to the A chord, but we modified the lick slightly to fit nicely over the A chord.

Be sure to check out the TAB to get the notes down, but also to get a peek at how to stitch these three lessons together as an entire 12 bar blues progression.

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