Dominant 7th Chord Grips

Some of these chords should be familiar, some might be new... developing a good vocabulary of chords you can use in a blues can really add interest to your rhythm playing. You don't have to change chords a lot, in fact in my demo at the end of the vid I'm changing far too often, just so you can get the picture of ways you might like to use them.

As usual, don't try and learn them all at once, just pick one or two that you like the sound of and work them into your playing and only when you feel comfortable with them, add some more!

The backing track is in the key of F, not a common key for guitar players, but it should be :) there is nothing to be scared of and it's good to be able to play confidently in the more unusual keys!

Chord Boxes

Backing Track

Here is the Blues in F Backing track for you to practice with! You'll probably want to use the chart below to make sure you are getting the correct variations - we're using a "Quick Change" and a "I-VI-II-V Turnaround" ending (more on these in a later lesson!).

Blues Rhythm Track 5 by justinguitar


Practice Time!

Get stuck into using these new chords - try using the one shape and moving it up and down the neck to get familiar with the root movement, then try moving between a few chords and seeing how they sound, which movements you dig and which you don't! you can use the backing track or any other and get used to working in new keys as soon as you can. Just remember to focus on the root notes!

Blues Rhythm 1