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Get More from Your Blues Guitar Chords

Lesson ID: TB252

In this lesson, we’ll use a cool technique to move around the fretboard and get more use from the blues guitar chords that you probably already know.

Most Blues tunes have a strong foundation in Dominant 7th Chords, or 7th Chords for short. The chord formula for a 7th chord is 1 – 3 – 5 – b7 and it’s the inclusion of the flat 7th interval that gives the chord it’s stand-out character. Once you’re familiar with one or two 7th chords, you’ll want to expand your knowledge of them by using all 5 shapes.

But then what?

How do you actually use these chord shapes?

In this lesson, we’ll mix a few different shapes, or voicings, of the same chord in the same 12 bar blues progression. Not only does this help expand your sound, but you’ll move around the fretboard in all new ways.

You’ll learn:

  • What a Chord Voicing Is
  • How to Use Different Voicings Together for Interesting Parts
  • What to Do Over the B7 Chord

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