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BLUE AND TONESOME

This month we use four-note voicings to get beyond the fusty old barre chord and add movement to a 12-bar blues. Rod Fogg woke up this mornin’…

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Atypical blues tends to use major, seventh or ninth chords. Many players only change chord shape when the music moves to a new chord, meaning that you could have four bars on one chord at the start of a typical blues. One reason for this is that most of the barre chords that we play on the guitar are in root position, (meaning the root note is in the bass), and it’s hard to find different inversions of those fat six-note barre chords. The secret to creating movement is to use different inversions, and that often means playing four-note chord voicings.

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