bLuEs on the eDgE #3 easing up on chords

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bLuEs on the eDgE #3 easing up on chords

Postby Clifford D » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:24 pm

It drives me crazy when I see good soloists that don't know squat about chords and being a good comper.
Big chords for the most part totally suck in blues, especially when playing behind a singer singing a slow blues.
This is the biggest chord cuprit
A7
-5
-5
-6
-5
-7
-5

This is more chord than I want to hear in those quiet moments, and it's time for those that play this all the time to learn some more subtle chords.

For those quiet times I like to use "essential tones" or "guide tones", same thing. Essential tones are the 3rd and the 7th intervals of the chord. The chord above is an A7, the 3rd is C# and the 7th is G
A7
-
-
-6
-5
-
-

This works for all the blues I7 IV7 V7 chords
-E7-----A7-----D7
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-5-------6-------7
-4-------5-------6
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This is easy to play and will not step on the singer or?

Stepping on people is not nice, don't do it, less is best.

I don't know if this is blues on the edge, but my rant is.

Enjoy small chords
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