Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: Swinging Blues in E

Hi again, fellow twanger.

This week's lesson looks at just one way to create an interesting part for a bluesy I-IV-V progression. I comeup with a fairly complex sounding rhythm part by fiddling with the timing and moving chord positions around the fretboard, setting up a pattern that applies to each of the primary chords. The end result is an interesting part over what could normally be a fairly bland and overused progression. I did this version in the most popular of all guitar keys -- E -- but of course the arrangement can apply to any old key.

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Enjoy the new lesson! Until next time,


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