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Apart from chords what can you do when you’re playing blues rhythm guitar? Want more tricks in your blues rhythm guitar trick bag? Let me show you 2 easy blues riffs which can spice up your blues rhythm guitar and get you sounding super cool every time you play a blues.
Here’s a breakdown of what you learn in this video:
0:14 Hear me play one of the blues riffs over a 12 bar blues in the key of G.
1:07 How to play the first blues riff over a G7 chord. Complete with description and fingering guidelines. Remember that the first note in the riff (low E string note) is the root note – this means you can move the blues riff around to make it work on other chords too. Simply start on the root of the chord you want to play on and play the riff – easy!
2:36 Here’s how you can move the riff to make it work on C7 and D7, the two other chords in a 12 bar blues in the key of G. Basically all you have to do is move it across onto the A string – simple. Play it at the 3rd fret for C7 and at the 5th fret for D7.
3:49 Here I show you a 12 bar blues in G and how to apply each of these different riffs to the progression. This follows a pretty standard version of a 12 bar blues chord sequence although there are variations which you might see.
5:56 Hear the blues riffs played over a 12 bar blues backing track in the key of G.
7:01 These riffs are a useful alternative to playing chords when you’re playing rhythm guitar. If you were playing with another guitar player or a piano player who was playing chord shapes, then playing chords might muddy up the sound too much. The leaner and lighter sound of these riffs will support the chord progression without cluttering it up .
7:40 Here is the second riff. This is similar to the first one but is a little more interesting sounding, using pull offs and blues curls. Sometimes it may be better than the more basic first riff. Like the first riff it is completely moveable – here I’ll show you how to play it over G7, C7 and D7, the 3 chords making up a 12 bar blues in G.
10:37 These 2 riffs shapes are moveable. Use the root notes on the E and A strings to figure out where to move them to use them over E7, A7, B7 etc. You’ll find they’ll work on any Dominant 7 chord if you play them ath the right place on the guitar neck. Try creating some variations of your own and experiment with making them work in other music styles too such as rock and funk.
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