Give your chords more blues feeling
When you are playing blues on the guitar, you can do lots of more to get a bluesy sound than just playing the regular dominant chords. There are many alternative chord shapes that brings blues feeling to the music. Some of them will be presented in this article.
Alternative barre chord shapes
Let’s begin with comparing a normal F7 barre chord with an alternative F7 chord.
Standard F7 Alternate F7
In the second chord, the extra D# on the fifth string gives us more of that blues sound. The same thing can be done than playing barre chords in the second position with A shape. Let's look at a Bb7 in two different ways.
Standard Bb7 Alternate Bb7
Alternative open chord shapes
If you still have troubles with barre chords you can of course use open chords as wel, based on the same pattern from the last diagrams above. All you have to do is to remove the index finger:
Notice the difference in fret positions for the two chords above. To use the shapes above you will get possibilities to vary the usual 12 bar blues. You could play these chords together with a common open E or E7. Since the chords shapes are similar, you could use A#/F as a chromatic in-between chord when going from A7/E to B7/F# (or the other way around).
Dominant 9 chords
To give our blues experiment some extra flavor we can add 9th chords. These can also be played as moveable chords and here’s the shape to use (notice the similarity with the open B7 chord).
These were some easy tips for making more of your blues guitar playing.
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