Hey, everybody. How’s it going? This is Darren Goodman with guitarcontrol.com, bringing you this video lesson. Today I want to show you how to play a easy kind of rockin’ blues in A. It’s a really good one for the beginners. We’ve got the shuffle in there, we’ve got some seventh chords in there, a nice turnaround. So be sure to click on the link and description for the tabs and let’s get close up and take a look.
All right, so we start off actually with the turnaround. We’re just going to use it as a kind of like a little intro for the song. So first thing we’re going to do is you’re going to go to the ninth fret of the third string with your second finger and the eighth fret of the second string with your first finger, and then the ninth fret of the first string with your third finger. So it’s kind of like the shape for D7. We’re just moving it up. Now, we’re going to do a slide from nowhere. So we’re going to slide into this and we’re going to strum it three times. So it’s a triplet feel to it. So it’s like one, two, three. Triplet. However you want to count it. so we’re going to do that, and then we’re going to do the same thing, but a half step lower. So now your first finger will be on seven and your second and third finger will be on eight.
And then a half step lower again. So now your first finger is on six and your second and third finger are on seven. And then we’re going to finally follow that with your second finger on the sixth fret of the third string and your first finger barring the fifth fret of the second and the first string. So we’ve got … Like I said, that is the turnaround, but it is what we’re using for the intro on the song as well.
Okay. And then, from there, we’re going to go and we’re going to do the shuffle part of it, which is our one chord. So this is going to be A. So the fifth string is open, and then we’re going to be on the second fret of the fourth string with your first finger. So you strum that twice. And then, with your second finger, you’re going to go to the third fret of the fifth string and you’re going to pick that and then do a hammer onto the fourth fret with your third string. And then back to the A again. So twice and then one more time on that A, and now you’re going to take your third finger and go to the fourth fret of the fourth string and just keep your first finger down. Strum that once and then back to the A.
So that’s the first measure and since this is a 12-bar blues, and this is the one chord, we’re going to have four bars of that. So just … All right, so now, we’re going to go to our four cord. In this case, instead of just continuing to do the same kind of a shuffle, we’re just going to go to a D7 chord. So for that, your first finger is on the second … or excuse me, the first fret of the second string. Your second finger is on the second fret of the third string, and your third finger is on the second fret of the first string, and the fourth string is open. And we’re going to hit the fourth string open twice, and then the strum of the chord twice.
So it’s two eighth notes, one and two and three, and then on the end of three, hit the fourth string again, and then strum the chord two more eighth notes for four and. So one and two, three and … Excuse me. One and two and three and four and … And there’s two measures of that because in the 12-bar blues, we have four bars of one, and then two bars of four. And then we go back to the one chord. So we go back and do that same A shuffle again. And we do two measures of this.
All right. And then that leads us to our five chord, which is going to be E7. So for E7, we’ve got the sixth string open, second fret of the fifth string with your second finger, fourth string is open. First fret of the third string with your third finger in strings two and one are open. So we’re going to do the same rhythm that we did with the D7, but now, the open string we hit will be the sixth string. So we’re going to do that same thing.
So now, we’ve done four bars of one, two bars of four, and then two bars of one. So now, one bar of five, so we just do that sequence with E7 once. Then back to the D7 for measure of that. And then into that turnaround again. So this time, with the turnaround, we start off, we just hit the … or excuse me, the fifth string open. And we do that same thing.
And then it would just simply start over again. So just like all the other 12 bars, it’s just you play the whole sequence all the way through and then it starts over again. So that way if you’re jamming with a friend, you can take turns playing this rhythm while the other person solos over the top of it. So …
And then, if you just wanted to play through however many times you’re going to repeat it and then end, you can just end on that A or you can end on an A7 if you wanted to. So if you want to do that A7, it’s the fifth string open second fret of the fourth string with your second finger or your first finger, whichever. I just personally do it this way. Third string is open and then second fret of the second string with your second finger and then the first string open.
But you could also play it with your first two fingers. Whichever way is more comfortable for you. All right, so I hope you enjoyed that and you got something out of that. If you liked the lesson, be sure to give me a thumbs up. Leave me a comment down below if there’s something you’d like to see either myself or one of the other instructors at guitarcontrol.com do in a future lesson.
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