Easy Guitar Lesson on Basic Blues Chords For Beginners

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Here´s another cool guitar lesson on Easy Basic Blues Guitar Chords For Beginners. In this free lesson from Guitar Control, instructor and founder Claude Johnson teaches how to play basic dominate 7th chords for playing blues.

 

Easy Basic Blues Guitar Chords For Beginners

Introduction

Hey it’s Claude Johnson here with GuitarControl.com. So today’s video is Blues chords 101. You know blues typically uses what’s called dominant seventh chords, you can play blues with major chords, but you can also play a blues with minor chords, but the most bluesy of the Blues chords is the dominant seventh chords and by the way if you’re just trying to wrap your head around just theory in general and all the different chords that are going on in music. A great way to classify the chords is just putting them in one of those three categories major, minor or dominant that kind of helps to weave your way through the fog so to speak.

Basic Blues Chords

Lets look at Easy Basic Blues Guitar Chords For Beginners. So now a dominant 7th chord is a four note chord; you’ve got your root, third, fifth and seventh. For all you theory buffs out there, this is one on one, so we’re not going to get it to all the complex stuff. So the most common shape is gonna be like a bar shape, you can move this anywhere, you can also play open you know. Let’s just look at the bar shape so I’ve got my bar across all the strings and then I’ve got my, well let me give the significance of the a bar on the fifth fret. So I’ve got my ring finger on the seventh fret of the A string and then I’ve got my middle finger on the sixth fret of the G string, if you’ve moved to the seventh fret that’s a B7. Okay here’s another shape, this is basically your root is on your A string. So here I’m still on the fifth fret barring that fifth fret, but I’m just gonna play the top five strings and I’m gonna be playing a D7. So I’ve got my ring finger on the seventh fret of the D string and I’ve got my pinky on the seventh fret of the B string, so that’s D7. So those are like the standard bar shapes. Now there’s some more useful ways to do it. You could do this shape, this is an E7 chord and what I’m actually doing is leaving out the fifth, so actually I’ve got a third and seventh of an octave. So this one I happened to have my ring finger on the seventh fret, middle finger seventh, ring finger on the seventh fret of the A string. Ring finger on the seventh fret D string, middle finger on the sixth fret D string, pinkie on the seventh fret G string and first finger on the fifth fret of the B string; you can also just play these three… okay that’s very common. For example if you’re playing a blues in E you can end it on your B7, just those three that would be doing a little slide there, that’s a different topic. Or if you’re playing, let’s say the key A, you go to the four chord, which is your G7. Now here I could make it a nine chord if I want by adding my pinkie up here, the fifth fret of the B string, so instead of one, third, seventh and octave, I have three, seven and nine. You can even add another string and make it like a 13th chord. We’re getting kind of beyond what I wanted, but yeah the bottom line is your seventh chords or just the shape and you can also check out my Blues course how to play blues go to guitar control.com/blues. I’ve got a lot of information for you, over 240 examples, okay so check that out and we’ll catch you next time and thanks for watching Easy Basic Blues Guitar Chords For Beginners.

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