Blues Rhythm Guitar

by Sinisa Cekic

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  • Hey GMC!

    Welcome to my blues rhythm guitar lesson.

    There are several types of blues guitar rhythm styles to play around with when you start experimenting with the blues. Some of them will be more characteristic of what you already know to be the blues, and in others, you will hear similarities with other genres. Here are you basic blues rhythm styles: shuffle,straight-four,12/8,Two-beat...

    For a basic 12 bar Blues, you need at least three different chords, for example in the key of A these are A(7)-D7-E7. You'll also find the expression I, IV and V or tonic, subdominant and dominant for these chords. In most dominant major Blues (there's also a minor Blues), chords are all played as seventh (7th) chords, sometimes except for the tonic. That's the reason why it's written A(7). This is a bit hard for those who have a theory music background, because it can't be explained that way - playing major seventh chords over minor pentatonic scales (see later) in theory shouldn't work, but it sounds great. So don't think too much about it - just play...

    Guitar: Fender Squier Telecaster

    Equipment: Sonar8 DAW, Guitar Rig 5 guitar plugin

    Tempo : 100 bpm

    Signature : 4/4

    Chord progression: A(7), D7,E7

    Techniques:Economic picking

    A7 :

    D7 :

    E7 :

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