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26 Lessons (1h 6m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Technique and Tips

    • 3. Blues Shuffle Chords Ex. 1 - 3

    • 4. Blues Shuffle Chords Ex. 4 - 7

    • 5. Blues Shuffle Chords Ex. 8 - 11

    • 6. Blues Shuffle Chords Ex. 12 - 17

    • 7. Small Is Better Ex. 1 - 6

    • 8. Small Is Better Ex. 7 - 13

    • 9. R & B And Funky Blues Chords 1 -5

    • 10. R & B And Funky Blues Chords Ex. 6 - 11

    • 11. Delta And Country Blues Chords Ex. 1 - 5

    • 12. Delta And Country Blues Chords Ex. 6 - 10

    • 13. Delta And Country Blues Chords Ex. 11 - 15

    • 14. Delta And Country Blues Chords Ex. 16 - 21

    • 15. Ragtime Blues Chords Ex. 1 - 2

    • 16. Ragtime Blues Chords Ex. 3 - 6

    • 17. Ragtime Blues Chords Ex. 7 - 11

    • 18. Minor Chords In The Blues Ex. 1 - 4

    • 19. Minor Chords In The Blues Ex. 5 - 8

    • 20. Jazz Blues Chords Ex. 1 - 5

    • 21. Jazz Blues Chords Ex. 6 - 9

    • 22. Jazz Blues Chords Ex. 10 - 12

    • 23. Contemporary Blues Chords Ex. 1 - 3

    • 24. Contemporary Blues Chords Ex. 4 - 6

    • 25. Contemporary Blues Chords Ex. 7 - 8

    • 26. Contemporary Blues Chords Ex. 9 - 10

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About This Class

Blues Chord Buster - 'I've played many blues styles over the years and am constantly amazed how the humble 12 bar can produce so many variations of chord shapes and sounds. Each style has it's own unique twist to the way you might play the three chord trick of the blues progression.

In this class I'll be sharing with you some of the ways you can 'bust' into different blues styles and build a library of chords and patterns to use in your own blues playing. You will learn the essentials of blues chord playing through eight different styles ranging from traditional shuffles through to contemporary blues. All lessons are supported by video and a downloadable PDF which will guide you through the exercises. Some of the styles in which you'll be trying out these chords will include:

Blues Shuffle Chords
R & B And Funky Blues Chords
Delta & Country Blues Chords
Ragtime Blues Chords
Minor Chords In The Blues
Jazz Chords
Contemporary Blues Chords

So, let's 'bust down the blues' and check out the chords that make up the blues.

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Rick Payne

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Rick Payne is an established acoustic blues guitarist with many national and international tours to his credit. He has become especially well known for his authentic acoustic blues finger picking, in the many traditional styles of the blues including delta blues, piedmont, ragtime and slide and has recorded several albums of this kind.

Often compared with Ry Cooder, slide guitar maestro Rick Payne’s performances have taken him to prime time TV, to festivals and theatres throughout the UK and on tour to Europe, USA, India, Scandinavia and the Greek Islands. He has provided music to a number of major BBC TV productions, for programmes on Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. He has also featured on The Paul Jones and Mike Harding's show on BBC Radio 2.

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1. Introduction: hi and welcome. And thanks for joining into my cause. Blues Court Buster. I'm repaying a big fan of blues. If you like the blue self and you liked playing chords and this is the course for you, we'll be looking at different stars like Shuffles are be dealt some countries jazz, contemporary blues. All things really busting Teoh Blues playing. There's lots of videos we've got on screen on video court diagrams to really help you get into the court shapes. There's lots. PdF download on half the time in the music with you when you're playing in studying over 100 videos, so keeping busy like said, lots of styles. So without further do pick up your acoustic or your trick, or what have you got on? Let's get stuck into blues chord buster. 2. Technique and Tips: okay with the technique and tips, pretty basic stuff really were having called windows, which you can see there Guitar tab, which comes up in your pdf, which you can download. You can use acoustic guitar, which I do, and through the crowd. Of course, you can use that Qatar, whatever. Whatever you choose, really words more comfortable. Don't forget Teoh. Get a good grip on those cords. Press down, forming any new shapes. Theun. Study them hard and see if you can integrate them into your overall 12 are progressions or pretty straight food. Don't forget Teoh. Download the pdf so you can look at the tab and study the music as a separate entity. Or just follow the videos with diagrams onscreen all quite quite easy to do so without further ado, let's get stuck into those as well, and see you in the next first thing we're going to look at is the cord windows? Just double check that we know what we're doing. Courses the court when you see on your video diagram of the court coming up to That's how the courts will be presented in the course just through the windows 3. Blues Shuffle Chords Ex. 1 - 3: Okay, We're into this shuffle section. Most of these quite simple, really. But I think they formed the backbones. A good blues rhythm playing good, lose 12 bus, sometimes simple, sometimes complex. Really, you can change them around. You can invent your own. But in this section of taken at least 17 of them with videos and core diagram so close at them to see if you can change around. Have fun. Let's do this. Um, shuffles them with the blues. Okay, So went our first section blues shuffle cords. Um now, of course, the very basic shuffles formed around the five shape. And on the six shape, which is moving up to the fourth books, you have your basic shuffle on the A thicker wood bay on and then up to be with That's the one that you probably all know anyway, Of course, we want the shuffles to sounds interesting as we can on here. Some some examples of that, for example, is the 1st 1 goes like this. The second way of doing it perhaps could be like this, or perhaps like this, and on a really bluesy one, like so, the open chords can create a really good blue shuffle, of course, and we're using the cord. The's six with the seven back to 4. Blues Shuffle Chords Ex. 4 - 7: we can extend the shuffle idea with the bar chord shape here the A seven books on using the little finger, adding to the A six on and then the A seven type to the inversion. If you want to extend up to the seventh, here's some more examples of open called shuffles. This one's would be a kind of moving in the key of C C shape second thing on the little finger. Wait that way. It's the same kind of opened I called Shuffle Idea in this time in the key of G is you may see just and then adding the second thing second box for the G six on then the G seven with the little finger. You can have this movement now on the same idea in the key of D, starting with D five shape. Like so and then just moving the third finger into that box for the D six on the little finger is standing for the seventh Way 5. Blues Shuffle Chords Ex. 8 - 11: okay, Things really start moving. Now with these kind of seventh movements giving you a great shuffle sound siding with the seven like so and then moving up to this position on this position, enjoying together on you struggle way. You if you want to continue that movement to the next progression cord, which would be a, um, the movements would be like So first deviation on moving up Teoh the movement would bay. You can use a little finger for that lost shape. I'm continuing further with the B chord for the for the equal progression e A B. We're up on the fourth box here using a bar for the B B shape, then adding on a little bit of a stretch first finger in this box. Eso you have this effect now? If you want to join the all three together, it would be like this. There are lots of different ways of playing these e shuffles on this. Another example using a smaller recourse To start with on this shape on a psych section would be way saw earlier with the B section on the previous example. Then be station will be the same as before. So again, to combine together 6. Blues Shuffle Chords Ex. 12 - 17: And here's some more examples this time in the higher end inversions. The first report, starting with the seven shape here on moving to this a shape thin, extended this'll might sound something like this a little bit of a strong again so you can peddled the bass. Note the east during my, which is peddling the on the bottom string with same movement. It sounds quite nice here. And here's another example of ah high ending a seven movement using this invasion here to start with nothing going up way Haven't movement like this. The seven shape here has a close neighbor e seven, which is like this here the seven time to try and move those two together in a kind of floozy shuffle away like so And this one here again, using that he's haven't talked to shape up to this neighbor cold. Now we can use the two together like so, perhaps makes a great shuffle combination. This combination of seventh onder diminished sevens can form really good interest. Now transfer the blues or integral parts of shuffles using this C seven shape and moving down Teoh G diminished shop on then any seven time Teoh the same kind of idea can be extended down towards the bass strings using the C seven shape. Um, it's important to get fingers in the right order. Really. Use the third on the little things. E seven Shake down to G diminish abouts in the shuffle away. 7. Small Is Better Ex. 1 - 6: so moving on. I've called this section smaller is better because really it just avoid big basic bar chords on big shapes like that. So and also a continuation, really of some of the shuffle ideas, some small shapes which can move around and form some great chop our progressions. So quite a few videos here, let's get stuck into smaller bearer now run to their small is better section, and I'm calling it that. Really, because there's nothing better than playing small shapes for ease and move ability on the fretboard. I particularly like this one, you seven here, and then the A seven light So b seven that so you could have these small shapes of great if you can use your thumb on the bass string. Here's a slight variation for the seven called This one moves around to this angle. Now we have the seven. This be 70 once again, and you should see from the diagram how the courts work. So look out for fingering there on the video. This time I'm using a minor chord shape the sums for again peddling the basement with the shape. Then the A seven just moved to thumb down to the fifth string. Be minor. And in addition to that, for these small, small cords, here's another e minor shape. This one starts up on 10 threat here, so on. Then you can go down to seven box, like so this one on then drinks and otherwise notion notions. No fretting. You'll notice from your tab. Now, just by changing the position of the thumb to the A string, you can, um, play in the the next court t eight b A call by just using on the A string, but the same shape So this I'm moving down this way. So let's put some of those shapes into a complete 12 are now. - We owe you from the tab that I'm using finger style there with the thumb on the constant base . But again, you can strum the chords. You can do any kind of style you want, really, but it's just the shapes that are important in this course. 8. Small Is Better Ex. 7 - 13: the's small court shapes serve for the blues. Make great intros amusing to see seven here, moving down to B flat seven on sevens and, of course, the staple of the three note blues called Intro. Using these shapes down, everyone should know on his slight variation to that one course, Houthis Time as you descend down to the flats, have just released the top string, So remains open goes like this. Ah, a little bit more interesting, I think. With that change, we used the's next quarter. In a previous example. That's the basin versions of the seventh Court on this one thing, this one we can use the same thing in In intros. Don't forget the basin sounds on. Here's some more variations using these small cords, and this time they're three note chords on variation. Number one would be like this, that shake way on, then shape variation way. Finally, another variation here through this example with it's a kind of Delta style intro boom we'd be looking at more tell toe called Blue Shapes later on, but just time being, this is the first movement here with box down to this one second thing, little Bob is one of my favorite movements with small cords, using a counterpoint idea in the key of a signing. The shape. Follow the fingering, as you can see on the video way. 9. R & B And Funky Blues Chords 1 -5: Okay, as you've seen so far, the small shapes can create some pretty good 12-bar passes. And I think one of the great ways of using them is to use the start of R and B and some sort of funky sounds. So in this section I'm looking at closely at those easier to play. So again, you can change keys, you can move them around, you can adapt them to whatever you like with them. Very good. See you how you are going on with these funky, please share in the section RMB and funky blues chords. This is a great one to use, and it's in the key of a Saudi enemy fifth box using basically a minor shape here. Going from there to there man, with a third finger. You can see it. And then down to fifth books again on the top three strings. You've got to hammer on there. And you can change the style a little bit to, to suit your own flavor, the blues. This is variation to the previous one. Basically the same kind of movements. This time having a too little school called addition at the end of the phrase to there to there to there. So it goes like this now. And you can storm that all pick that again, it's up to you how you managed your style. As we said earlier, this is a great little selectional chord siding with the async shape hair. Then it is x, F sharp diminished, kind of reminiscent of a horn sound. So again, watch out for your fingering on those shapes and logical. And this one's a nice intro or lead core drift, but a bit of a stretch of account. So it starts with this shape to this shape and this j. And then try to join it together. We're changing k Now to cave a based this Patterson based around the saddle shaped pier but pillar blues chord shapes. Using your thumb or pick on the bottom is strings. You can create this effect now. 10. R & B And Funky Blues Chords Ex. 6 - 11: a slight variation to the previous court baton Things time using, I guess the first time we've used the E Night shape, which is great Blues Court sits up on the six starts on the six box on Into the seventh there, look out for the shape type work and then used the again the thermal pick for the for the riff around the court with instead of using the holy night shape as before, he just used the top piling up in the seventh box. That's with things on you great. This nice little pattern. Great funky riff, The way the key of a Now this one of my favorite movements. If you start with the a shape, this is a great way of moving from court accord off in court progressions que perhaps starting here when you join the words together with some kind of style were in effect. I think this is a great Aunt Bea pattern for blues courts. We are using this Italy shape here and then to the age shaming. And so it goes like this. And here's a cool R and B riff. I'm using the C C seven shape here on the a six and to finish this section off. Let's put those that previous idea into a complete your body using the families 7 26 you can see the cold movements down moving from from Kates, Kate. 11. Delta And Country Blues Chords Ex. 1 - 5: one of my favorite starts to the blues is Delta and country, please, playing. So in this section I'm gonna be looking quite a few of these little ideas on, but also throwing in some open shootings well into the mix to give you some more variety, simple to play, really but authentic. Listen to place that Robert Johnson son house on. You'll get the idea if you know really that. Sure about that. So here's some dill from country blues ideas for you. And now we're gonna look at some of the calls that come up in the Delta Country Blues, which to give us up using chords. We're in the key of a here. So traditional Delta Blues a seven chord shape would be, like, so a diminished on the way the other chords were abusing a lot off this December with shopping basis. - No , I put my guitar down into open G tuning. Just remind ourselves of that now orange each and you can see how Justin, a unordinary C seven, consult very different 12. Delta And Country Blues Chords Ex. 6 - 10: on this, it'll be seven shapes. Sounds pretty good. We're gonna use these little cold shapes here. Delta seven B flat. I'm moving out to sea shape. Think embody those calls with this riff. Sounds pretty good in this example, using an alternative G seven shape rather than this one previously there, we can change it to this shape now. Teoh. Lots of sharp stabbing Strong's some pretty good. Also different patterns you could try. And here's a couple of simple shapes moving from a G here G seven in the third box. When you combine these two together, they sound pretty good. These next chord shapes are Concrete's a really good Delta sounding intro or outro selling with this G seven shape here, living down Teoh any flat and together. 13. Delta And Country Blues Chords Ex. 11 - 15: Now, if we're in the in the 12 bar on doing our three core trick in the Delta Star one of the typical ways of transferring to the see the next chord progression would be moving up to the C shape here on extending See the finger on the books So we have this kind of pattern way to D. C. It's just smooth the shuffles that we tried early on. In fact, the very 1st 1st session we did, I looked at some basic shopper movements in these. Sanders is effective in congee, choosing to if we're in the key of G shuffle movement moving up to the sea position do position right up on the seventh box I see complete 12 by using some of his previous Delta please cords. - Now I've gone down to D tuning. Just remind ourselves of that one, which is low D A on de open day. Here's some basic call checks in for open D tuning the open D strings for the D chord on G Shake down here 14. Delta And Country Blues Chords Ex. 16 - 21: on these courts in the Delta Star in open T d shape here G seven 90. Tuning these shapes with a stun gun d G seven on the A seven. If you're using G tuning that shape sexual year the same, but just moved on to the top strings instead. So instead of without me cheating up Teoh G again, it would be that shape there on the top three on that one on that one. So you can do a lot of the risk that we previously just by using the change shapes, I'm moving to the top strings moving on now with his Ah, here's a great term Griffin do tuning great filter. Just using the shape of the G seven on just moving it down. Previous shape could make a really good to intro for determining were signing on this one thing. I'm moving it right down. First box finishing on so it would have this effect. Now here's a couple of martyrs and do tuning. We can use this shape here for an intro. Moving that down way have this effect now on. So this one is quite cool, especially with harmony. Something like this with the shape way. And finally, don't forget the good old shuffle boards on open. Do they work just as well? 15. Ragtime Blues Chords Ex. 1 - 2: on. Now we're in the section Ragtime Blues courts Once again, one of my favorite styles. I think it can take the 12 Bar three core progression and turn it into lots of courts. If you listen to players like Scott Joplin for the Ragtime and Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Boy Fuller, you can hear some of these lovely regressions. I think everyone should know a few ragtime turnarounds and a few ragtime progression. So let's try some Ragtime Blues courts now. Okay, now we're into the right time Blues Court section. Let's take a look at these basic cause that we're going to use in our first exercise on the standard structure at the right time. Please really see called course seven like that, your first finger or a little finger? The seven. So that's just oh, and close the efforts. Will e. Let's play through this right time blues and see what we got here Way you saw in that segment E flat diminished play like this. Okay, the first variation to cause that we can try to make our holes secrets more interesting is moving from the A seven 16. Ragtime Blues Chords Ex. 3 - 6: on the next variation is a very popular ragtime called, which is inverting the normal T seven things position to disposition. Moving the second thing we call that be inverted T seven court, Um, de seven with an F shop in the face, one of my favorite ways of playing the D seven iSS like so, which again is that? May string to fourth string F sharp this time before ah, favorite D seven. Another way, you can change the right time sequences. Instead of using the G seven chord, you can try using the D nine chord, which we looked at earlier way with a little bit more of a swing flavor, perhaps City seven, a neat way of resolving into the C chord during the progression eyes with this example. Here we're using the G seven slash F like so, followed by the G seven g seven c resolution on. We'll see how that fits into all right, 17. Ragtime Blues Chords Ex. 7 - 11: I mentioned the flat diminished chord earlier, which was the shape on. One of the interesting things you can do is move that shape up the fretboard in the sequence of chords like so moving from E flat diminished on F sharp diminished seven, uh, way that one. So let's see how all those previous calls work in a complete right time. I'm using fingers. - One of the pocket things to do is to interject some of these two to note the small cords into the right time sequence on That's using this shape here, perhaps thats one on back up. So on in complete sequence, it would sound like this way. Another way of doing that could be like so using these shapes here like see, moving up. Uh, putting that in When I played the original Ragtime earlier, I used to use this one as as an outro. It goes like this with this shape here on sending down 18. Minor Chords In The Blues Ex. 1 - 4: okay, in this section, we're looking at minor chords in the blues. Of course, you can't really play believes without including a few minor chords from time to time. It gives the melancholy sound on just two quite kind of right service annually for the blues on in this thing. Selection, of course, coming up the little shapes, perhaps sometimes again great for including in Your Blues Progression. So let's have a look at minor chords in the Blues. Now we're into the section minor chords in the blues on my records really do add up to a lot of blues flavor. So let's look at some of the basic shapes. First of all, that we might come across the A minor shape on the seventh. No, we can change those to an A minus seven D minus seven. Once again, let's start by extending the school straight away with the A minus seven, starting at seven or name on a seven on the fifth position and seven position on right up to 12 with this one. Hey, good to see that one before we move on to the D minus seven shapes in the previous court session that was caused the A minor bark would shape should way. Okay, now the D minus seven extensions starting here with the shape on the way, moving up to six books on right up to the 12 final extension on the barcode version of D minus seven, which is so let's put some of those are minor chord extensions into a 12 bar, and you can strum a free, sharply rhythm and blues rhythm whatever you choose to do here. 19. Minor Chords In The Blues Ex. 5 - 8: look at those miners shakes a little further. Now, instead of the minus seven way the little finger to create a jazzy, maybe swing and nine a minor nine. And with D minus seven, you can change that. Here's the call Blues called refusing those minor nines on minor seventh. Something like this. Perhaps thing in this next sequence we're gonna integrate the famous E seven Sharp nine chord or add nine. Court is the shape here on that was put into a secret something like this, perhaps using starting with a minus seven bar called Now, as the last exercise for this minor court section, we're gonna put the my nickel chickens within. Ah, uh, Seventh Blues in G seven key and it goes like this. 20. Jazz Blues Chords Ex. 1 - 5: Okay, welcome to my section. Jazz, blues courts. I think like the Ragtime Blues. There's lots of different cause you can add into 12 bar and certainly with the jazz is kind of a never ending story. Lots and lots of invention here. I've just taken a few of the ideas and put them into a 12 bar. So if you're not familiar with some of the jazz be shapes, then this will do you lose a good and really pump up your blues playing on bust into some of those called shape. So let's get started with jazz, blues courts, jazz, blues chords. Now these little shapes can really grab spice up your blues. Coldplay. Very simple, essential, really, that you play them. As noted on your video, seven things could be easily moved to descend. Now another court with the E seven. So let's play from this little jobs blue sequence just to give you the idea of the movement of the courts. Here we go. First change. Gonna make is once again with the nine shape. Yeah, it's all secrets work to sound like this now. Also substitute the a seven for very jazzy a 13. I was a small A 13 shape. Just those secrets would then be using the denied as well, like so way. Gonna put all these calls into a part in a moment or so. But one of the central movements, I think to learn is this one using D nine, I have shopped seven s. So you put that into your D nine bar. It would sound like this. Now, let's put some of those court movements into practice in the stroke bar. Watch out for some of the booth. 21. Jazz Blues Chords Ex. 6 - 9: There are many ways you could make a jazz sequence more interesting on a popular ways. This way. Here. If you follow this sequence, we're using any minor seventh chords down to the A 13 in the A seven flat 502 d nine. You can see how we substitute that later. But just practice this sequence first of all, the way well at. But this f sharp seven chord And just to remind you seven it again, right down bottom Now with the F sharp seven court shape to get to meet the middle string again, whether you strong pick. So let's put some of those changes into practice with this troll bar. Now you go. Now we're gonna try to make the trip far more interesting by including this walking base effect using these cords. Now we're starting with the A seven and seven seven c seven be seven f seven e seven, gee, shop seven on a sand when you work that in succession should somewhere like a walking bass , especially if you accent bass note with your thumb like so you can have Oh, so let's put that that interval complete 12 22. Jazz Blues Chords Ex. 10 - 12: you could also try walking blues Effect the beginning of the top bar If you use this sequence of blues courts if you like the A seven starting with going to a seven with a C shop in the base which here waiting bythe eso walking base effect would be and even more so with the conclusion of the G with being the base cold on the a diminished court in this kind of movement here, starting with the A seven and g g slash b and a diminished with Booth. Ah, very nice police court movement. So let's put some of those new court into this last jazz blues 12 bar on getting this really interesting blues chord progression. Can we go? Oh 23. Contemporary Blues Chords Ex. 1 - 3: So how you getting on so far? I hope you've enjoyed our lots of these different styles from The Shuffle was right for you to jazz blues. Um, this last section I called contemporary blues courts and it's just using some ideas. Maybe that you would have found in the sixties folk boom with players like but yeah, John Run born and using sounds, which is slightly different slight your feet way give 12 are different sort of flavor and different sort of twist like so do listen to players like but yet strong room board Um, David Grand positive place, really that use those kind of sounds and also lots of different shootings, which you may be exploring your own to create some contemporary blue sounds. So good luck with that, Onda, Like said last section, I hope Enjoy them all. Good luck with only playing and see you again in the next course. Now we're into the contemporary blues called Section Way. We're gonna look at some different ways of playing some cause I'm putting him into a toolbar to give us a little bit more of a contemporary flavor. Our first records here, which we're gonna try the east us for I'm to No. I'm gonna put those three courts into trial by straight away with my own little style. Yeah, uh, better thing Starve is drumming. Once again, you can change it around. Do you like to it? But an interesting way of playing this blue scores, if you like One of the instant ways you can create a contemporary blues flavors. But dropping the east during down today, which I've already done now on trying to think of some sequences is a nice when using this D shape. Now, on leaving up I tried weight and then try adding to that yourself. 24. Contemporary Blues Chords Ex. 4 - 6: but I think to achieve in an even more contemporary effect I think we should try. Dad got tuning If you don't know Dad got Yuning. Just that's motor cells of that one. So a low d Hello? Okay, so let's try the er these fruit three chords in Dai guard, which is the a minor slash d Jesus for on the you can see how these calls work Now in this little 12 bar amusing things style But you can you can strong through or create your own style. Uh, with these cool checks, let's just try this example now. 25. Contemporary Blues Chords Ex. 7 - 8: okay. Still in Dyker Children, let's try this trope on our using traditional chords but creating a completely different sound. I'll just play through the top. But first for you, - there's some great blues calls could be created with what I call specific tunings for the blues on . This is one of a particular favorites. It's a C seven tuning that's very low, C, G E and B Flat and C seven specifically designed for the blues. 26. Contemporary Blues Chords Ex. 9 - 10: So let's take a look at our three cool trick in the C seven shooting open C seven on then F seven upon with G seven and perhaps see seven right up on the way, So let's put those courts into a little 12.