Minor Blues - Rhythm Riffs (Guitar Lesson)

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Minor Blues - Rhythm Riffs

You're familiar with a standard 12-bar blues. Now, you'll get to experience some of the twists and chord possibilities that can be present in a minor blues. Riff away!

Taught by David Isaacs in 50 Years Of Guitar seriesLength: 14:43Difficulty: 2.0 of 5

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scotty9000scotty9000 replied

real nice voicings, reminds me of Peter Green

ctakctak replied

great lesson,but i notice some differences between what you are playing and what is written in the tab

furrybikinifurrybikini replied

very useful lesson, I like how David shows how chords are interrelated and using the moveable forms and alternate versions to produce punchier or richer sounds depending on the feel desired for the song.

furrybikinifurrybikini replied

very useful lesson, I like how David shows how chords are interrelated and using the moveable forms and alternate versions to produce punchier or richer sounds depending on the feel desired for the song.

furrybikinifurrybikini replied

very useful lesson, I like how David shows how chords are interrelated and using the moveable forms and alternate versions to produce punchier or richer sounds depending on the feel desired for the song.

woodchuckjamminwoodchuckjammin replied

still trying to learn though. As underdog of learning deficiency. No insults intended David Isaacs. I bow to your multitasking excellence. Also a shout out to Carl Veyerheyen whom I 'm reminded of in the sense that you's guys are so analytical and proficient...(edit, subject somewhat skewed) that parts tighten up when you hit everything so perfectly. kills my punk soul....I mean , it's great. I'll get back to this as soon as I review stevie ray live at the Mocumbo, or whatever it was called when he was totally wasted and playing like a visitor on earth.

woodchuckjamminwoodchuckjammin replied

to me, this probably one of the more useful explanations...showing what portions of the 'big" bar chords we are using here. ....how to break it down At this point, the counting of notes in the scale is frustratingly lost on me even if I can finger everything he's doing. It's why I got tired so many years ago of guitar player magazine explanations of what players were doing. really? you guys counting and analyzing alternate voicing "correct" nomenclature? ....if that's the right word....I'm still trying to hear it and slide to the right note that fits. If I hit it? Sunshine! If not, get off it fast. Thank you Eddie VH Someone will analyze it later and call you a genius

David.IsaacsDavid.Isaacs replied

Thanks for the comment Woodchuck...as far as knowing how to identify the notes, I feel you, it takes a long time to really get to know it and so many great players just find these things naturally. I will say that if you can start by visually identifying the roots and memorize those, it gives you a reference point you can build on to find the others down the road.

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