Scott Perry

Author of Creative On Purpose



Comping a Dominant Blues in Any Key

An EZ Guide to a Professional Approach to Blues Comping

1st Class - Comping a Dominant Blues in Any Key

In this short class (three 6 minute vids!), I'll show you:

  • one easy chord grip and a four-to-the-floor strumming pattern to play the essential changes of a 12 bar dominant blues in G.
  • a second grip and a swing strumming pattern to play the basic changes of a dominant blues in any key.
  • how to add a VI7-II7-V7-I7 turnaround to a dominant blues.

This class is perfect for beginners and advancing students can go further by enrolling in the follow up courses that teach other Freddie Green grips including minor 7th and major 6th.

Freddie Green was the long-time rhythm guitarist of the Count Basie Orchestra and pioneered a simple, but effective set of chord grips and strumming pattern that helped make the Basie's rhythm section the envy of every band of that era.

Class Project

Play a Dominant 12 Bar Blues in the Key of G


Students will record an audio and/or video of themselves playing a dominant blues in the key of Gin a four-to-the-floor or swing rhythm.


Students will record themselves playing a 12 bar dominant blues in G and create a movie or MP3 that can be loaded to YouTubeSoundCloud or any other platform that will generate a link that will be posted to the class' project gallery on Skillshare.


See PDF attachments.


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