Quick Change Blues in A

by John Hatcher

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    THE PROFESSOR Laying down a sweet blues groove, as John does in this lesson, is all about the chord changes and harmony you have under your fingers. If you aren't comfortable with 7th and 9th chords, at least in the beginning, then all the groove in the world won't help you lay down a convincing blues progression.

    Getting a handle on building, gripping and playing 7th chords for guitar, as well as 9th chords for guitar, will give you enough harmonic ammunition to outline and color any blues tune you’re jamming over.

    What's Up GMCers!

    In this lesson I'll show you how to play another iconic form of blues progression called Quick Change Blues. This is based around the familiar 12 bar blues pattern, but with one simple tweak.

    And, we're going to start using some more melodic approach and chord movements in our blues to break that shuffle rhythm a bit.


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    1 Introduction

    2 Bars 1 - 4

    3 Explanation of Bars 1 - 4

    4 Bars 5 - 8

    5 Explanation of Bars 5 - 8

    6 Bars 9 - 12

    7 Explanation of Bars 9 - 12

    8 Summary

    Things to Keep in Mind

    Respect the groove! Once you learn this piece, focus on locking in with the beat. Most guitarists want to skip right past rhythm guitar work and get right to learning lead parts. I get it, but you have to learn to play in time. No shortcuts here. So, fire up your trusty metronome and put in the time.

    Good luck!

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