Moving from chord to chord

Blues Guitar Lessons

Watch how you move from the I to the IV chord in the next example. It can be used in bar 4 and 5 of a blues progression.

Move from Chord to Chord Ex 1 - CD 45   (mp3 click: )

TAB Moving from Chord to Chord Ex 01

Slide your pinkie one fret back to get the A7b13 chord that connects the I with the IV chord.


This particular IV chord has the 5th in the bass.

Move from Chord to Chord Ex 2 - CD 46   (mp3 click: )

TAB Move from Chord to Chord Ex 02

Same as the last example, with the tonic on top.

Move from Chord to Chord Ex 3 - CD 47

TAB Move from Chord to Chord Ex 03

You're using a diminished chord as the connecting chord here.
You can also use them both in bar 4. Try it!

On your way back from the IV chord to the I chord, you can also use a diminished chord to connect them.

Move from Chord to Chord Ex 4 - CD 48

TAB Move from Chord to Chord Ex 04

Note that this is a step down from the one used in example 3.

Use it in bar 6 of a blues.

Move from Chord to Chord Ex 5 - CD 49

TAB Move from Chord to Chord Ex 05

Going from I to IV through the D13 and Ab9. Spectacular finesse.

A whole set of chords are being used in the next connection.
Don't over use this one, it gets stale pretty quick.

Move from Chord to Chord Ex 6 - CD 50

TAB Move from Chord to Chord Ex 06

This one works great after examples 1 and 2 of "Accompaniment or Solo?".

It only uses bar 4 of the I chord, so there's enough space to precede it with a (chord) lick.

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