I Got Rhythm Guitar 3 - Ford Blues Style

by Joe Kataldo

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  • Hi everybody, in this 3rd lesson of "I Got Rhythm Guitar", we moved on to something completely different, we will leave for a while the rock/metal genre, and explore some great blues. Next lesson will be about Latin Rhythms and Bossa Nova.

    These Lesson Will Improve

    Right Hand Coordination
    Blues Knowledge
    The Use of Left hand Thumb

    Robben Ford Blues Style

    This rhythm study is in the style of Robben Ford, and will set you in a virtual band situation. Playing with an hammond player or keys in general, you have to create a complementary guitar parts that will melt with the other instruments, without interfering with the piano/keys part. What we have here is more a rhythm riff over a 12 bar blues, than a real strumming chord part, that will be transposed and adapted along the neck, to match the chord progression. First Study the riff in G than try to transpose it all over the neck incorporating it in your rhythm riff bag. Pay attention to the main G7 voicing, played in an un-usual way (but very common in blues), using the left hand thumb to fret the bass note, this technique will free a finger allowing chord embellishment, in this case the G7 to Gsus7 fill.

    Recommended Listening
    Without doubt... I really enjoyed Robben Ford's last release "Truth", and just to name a few others Albert Collins, Albert King, B.B. King

    Pro Tips

    Aiming the right hand to pick a portion of a chord to create rhythm riff is a techniques that needs time and practicing to be mastered, start very slowly trying to make small and controlled the movement of the right hand.

    Joe Kataldo
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