Country Blues Basics Part 5: Are there other chords I can learn for country blues?

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There are a handful of other chord forms that you will use while playing the country blues.

There are 5 common alternative chord positions you will want to learn before moving on to right-hand techniques.

The chords are:

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For the F#/D7 chord, fret the 6th string, 2nd fret with your thumb. Barre the top 4 strings with your index finger for the A7 chord.

Strum these alternative chord shapes for now, and practice substituting them in the 12-bar blues progression from the previous lesson. These chords’ utility will become apparent when we cover right-hand techniques. 

If you’ve got a good grasp on the material we covered here, you are well on your way to getting the country blues basics down.

The goal of these first 5 lessons is to show you what you need to know in your left-hand to be able to play this style of music comfortably.

If you can get to the point where you don’t have to think about what your left hand is doing, then you can focus on right-hand technique

Practice the chord positions and strumming them in a 12-bar progression. Once you can do that comfortably, learning almost any blues song in the left hand will be no problem.

Now let’s take a look at developing the right-hand.

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