The Blues

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There is no formula to playing Rock N Roll. However, when it comes to playing The Blues, there is and it works in any key.

All you need is a root note (your 1 chord), and it's 4 and 5 chords. Let's take the key of G for example. The 4 chord is four notes up from G. So if G is 1, A is 2, and B is 3, then C is your 4 chord, and D is your 5 chord.

So to play the blues in G, you will be using G, C, and D.


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*Don't forget the order of notes. A, B, C, D, E, F, G. After G the whole sequence just repeats itself.

Well, there's an easier way to figure out the 4 and 5 chords. Play your root note- G on the thick E string. (also called low E due to the low pitch)

G power chord

To find the 4 chord -C, drop down to the A string on the same fret.

Blues Chord C

To find your 5 chord slide two more frets down the neck ----->.

Blues Chord D

Thats it. Find your root, drop it down, then move it over two frets and you've got a 1, 4, 5 blues combo.

Now you just need to plug your 1, 4, and 5 chords into the 12 bars formula and you've got your rhythym guitar map.

And remember, the 1, 4, 5 formula works in any key, not just G.

The 12 Bar Blues

The 12 Bar Blues

Now try playing it this way. Click Here.

Once you've got the order of chords down, don't be afraid to spice this up a little when playing. Put your own personality into it. Play in different keys. Have Fun!

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