Blues Rhythm Lesson On Chord Substitutions

In this lesson we’re going to talk about some ideas for replacing the good ole’ 7th chord with maybe some 9th, 11th, or 13th chords (oh my!)

All of these chords are covered in my Blues Guitar Unleashed course if you’ve stumbled upon this blog post from YouTube or Facebook and aren’t sure where to go from here. That course is always the best place to start, unless you’re a beginner and then I’d recommend Beginning Blues Guitar.

So – grab your guitar and let’s get to playing… make sure to download the chord chart and backing track from underneath the video after you watch it once or twice.


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    The BGU Chord Chart

    Download the most commonly used blues chords in one handy page (PDF)

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    The Jam Track

    This is the 2 chorus blues shuffle in A jam track that I used. I borrowed this from my 4 Note Solo video.

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    Reply Reply June 8, 2018

    I love jazz music, its lovely

  • Michael Chappell

    Reply Reply June 3, 2018

    Hi Griff,

    I just love these cool ideas for the comping and love to stray to the 9th,11th and 13th..
    Cool lesson and have saved for later.


    Michael-Sydney-Australia 4th June 2018.

  • Cecil Cole

    Reply Reply May 31, 2018

    A touch of jazz yes, but very adaptable to blues genre as well. Cool sounds.

  • Dave

    Reply Reply May 31, 2018

    And another thing. You are a nice guy.

  • DaveyJoe

    Reply Reply May 30, 2018

    Very cool! Get some practice on chords now.


  • Charles Cockburn UK

    Reply Reply May 30, 2018

    Thanks Griff – sounds like blues to me – it’s a matter of feel rather than purity. What I really like, as an old time rhythm guitarist now trying to make it cry or sing (hey! second reference to Sultans of Swing in the same thread…) is the sense that ‘playing’with chords is fun and stimulating and enables you to get out of a rhythm rut.

  • Guitar Griff–he knows all the riffs.

  • Kevin O'Sullivan

    Reply Reply May 30, 2018

    Yeah, sounds like jazz to me too. Think I’ll keep my focus on the blues for now – but it’s good to learn nevertheless. Thanks Griff.

  • mike z.

    Reply Reply May 30, 2018

    Griff , this is what I have been looking for , some good blues chords . I have a guitar chord chart , but there are so many , as you said in this video . Thanks for putting this together . Mike Z.

  • Keith

    Reply Reply May 30, 2018

    Great ideas for stretching your comfort zone limitations! Thanks, Griff!

  • rustie

    Reply Reply May 30, 2018

    Jazz, yes……..blues, no no no!

  • cowboy

    Reply Reply May 30, 2018

    good stuff…thanks…later.


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