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Basic Blues Substitutions


Basic Blues Substitutions Basic Blues Substitutions
By Dr. Matt Warnock

October 5th, 2010

Over the years I’ve found that while most guitarists have an easy time learning to comp and solo over the 12-bar blues, many people struggle when it comes time to expanding this well-known progression beyond the standard three chords. While there are many ways to apply chord substitutions to the 12-bar blues, I find that by applying one sub at a time, and keeping things simple, it’s easier to get these new chords under our fingers and in our ears. One of the first subs I teach within the context of a 12-bar blues is the #IV diminished 7th chord. This chord sub is commonly found in traditional blues, jazz, rock, RnB, gospel, funk and just about every other genre you can think of that borrows from or uses the 12-bar blues form within its song structure. Alright, enough talking, let’s... Read More →